I joined this great hobby in January, 1961 as WV2QPW. An SX-110 and a DX-20 running 40 watts were all I could afford with paper-route money, but I would not trade the memories of starting that way for anything. Callsign changes have included WA2QPW, WA4BTC and then N4GG in 1977, when the N-block opened up. I am the original holder of N4GG.
I chase DX and contest from 1.8 to 50 MHz - CW being the preferred mode. The station includes an FTdx5000 and an FT-1000MP set up for SO2R contesting, a pair of ACOM 2000A amps, and a collection of wire antennas. On 6M the amplifier is a 1KW brick out of the retired WSB channel 2 TV video transmitter here in Atlanta. Thanks WSB! Contest software is WRITELOG. SO2R and auto bandswitching gear is home-brew running off W9XT band decoders. I highly recommend Gary, W9XT's Unified Microsystems products. Three of his XT-4 keyers travel with me on M/2 contest expeditions.
I don't chase awards other than DXCC, but after 54 years I have a few:
DXCC Honor Roll: Mixed/Phone/CW, 9 band DXCC/WAC, 5BWAZ, 6 band WAS closing in on 10 band (I may never have a KH6 QSO from here on 6M), WPX Award of Excellence w/160 endorsement, VUCC @ 200 grids, A-1 Op, QST cover plaque, and the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong. I am a member of the Southeast Contest Club (SECC) and the Southeastern DX Association (SEDXA).
I am a retired EE, MBA and aerospace executive with 30+ years in everything from receiver design to forming entrepreneurial start-ups. Licenses include Amateur Extra and what was a First Class Radiotelphone Commercial License - the FCC converted all those to "General" some years back. I consult to the electronics industry and enjoy writing for a variety of ARRL publications including QST, NCJ, The ARRL Handbook and The ARRL Antenna Book. I also contribute to the Gearvakf Bulletin - a ham radio parody publication thats been someting of a running gag for over 50 years.
Ham radio was passed down - my dad was on the air with spark and obtained the call 2NJ in 1916. In 2010 I completed building "Blue Lightning," an authentic 1910 1/2 KW syncronous rotary spark gap transmitter. It is pictured above. Blue Lightning has been to Dayton twice and to numerous club meetings. Visitors are always welcome and Blue Lightning and a presentation about our hobby's early history and the days of spark are available if your venue is not too far from here - contact me for details. Blue Lightning is not available for on-the-air skeds. I can play you an MP3 of how it sounds on the home receivers - that's as close to hearing spark on the air as you can get these days - which in some respects is too bad, but that's the way it is.
I enjoy paper QSLs although LOTW has been a real positive for myself and the hobby. QSLs for N4GG, NN4GG, PJ2/N4GG, PJ4/N4GG, TI5/N4GG, HP/N4GG, PJ4R (Feb 2004 and Feb 2005 only), PJ4O and VP2MHK:
LOTW, Bureau, or Direct. US Direct: SASE appreciated. Non-US Direct: SAE and one green stamp (I'll absorb the loss) or one IRC. There are over 150,000 N4GG QSOs in the LOTW. Contest QSOs are added to LOTW within a day or two, DX and casual contacts are entered monthly. All QSOs for all the above callsigs (including N4GG, 1977 to present) are in the LOTW. Bureau QSLs for NN4GG must be marked with N4GG as the manager or they will go to the wrong W4 QSL bureau. I do not use eQSL.
I am a member of the QSL Manager's Society and will never close a log. http://www.qsl.net/qslmanagers/index.htm
Thanks for all the QSOs, I look forward to seeing you soon in person or on the air. DX IS.
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