Hearts Delight is a small town of 500 people about 80 km / 50 miles (as the crow flies) west of St. John's , Newfoundland , on the eastern shore of Trinity Bay.
Normally operate between 14.020 to 14.058 and 7.004 to 7.030 using resonant 20 and 40 mtr dipoles. On 20 mtrs usually around 14037 + / - and on 40 usually around 7008 + / -. The dipoles do a reasonably good job here right next to the salt water.
FISTS CW club member # 2900 which I got when I lived in VE3-land. CW OPS # 1078. For me, the pleasure is in the QSO not the speed of the CW. Really enjoy a good CW ragchew. Got into ham radio for the CW and never lost my interest in it. Not a contester and don't chase DX. If a DX station calls , I'll certainly answer but I don't go looking for it. Been there and got the T shirt back in the 90's. When I start getting a pileup of ops only wanting "599 / 73" I close the station down and go topside. Sorry , I don't log the quick "hits" most of the time.
Rigs here are a Kenwood TS 570 and a Yaesu FT 1000MP. I like both rigs so it's a toss up which one I use on any given day. Like the memory keyer in the 570 for calling CQ but the receiver in the MP pulls out the weaker signals and has better noise cancelling so it usually gets the nod. Use a Kent double paddle. Run about 50 - 70watts but will run 100 watts if necessary when band conditions are poor.
Got back into the hobby 21 years ago , went through the big station thing with multiple transceivers , amps and gadgets etc. Now back to two rigs , a paddle, and a Heil #4 headset for the MP and a Heil GM 5 for the 570 for what little SSB I do, (mostly maritime mobile nets). Having fun again !
Enjoy sailing in the summer months and music of all kinds both playing and listening especially jazz and blues. Love "big band" stuff !
Sorry , I. DO NOT QSL via ANY bureau. Please QSL direct if you really need / want a card. I gladly return QSL 100% , usually the same day as our mail arrives in the morning and doesn't go out until the afternoon.
Hope to hear you on the air.
Cheers and 73 from Newfoundland
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