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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.  Moved here from Ontario after my wife and I retired.

Normally operate around  14.040+/-  and  7.008+/-   using resonant 20 and 40 mtr dipoles.  The dipoles do a reasonably good job here right next to the salt water.   Wire antennas only due to severe winds from time to time.  Rigs are a Yaesu 1000 MP ,  a Kenwood 570 and a recently added Yaesu FT 450D.   Keys are Kent and Vibroplex.

FISTS and CW OPS member.  For me, the pleasure is in the QSO not the speed of the CW.  I'm not really fast...about 25 wpm max. It really bugs me when a station comes back at 35 - 40 wpm when I'm calling CQ at 18 - 20 wpm. Go "showboat" somewhere else , I guarantee I'm going to ignore you.  I will absolutely always adjust my speed down to chat with a slower op.  Really enjoy a good CW ragchew. Got into ham radio for the CW and never lost my interest in it.  I don't log the 599/73  "quick hits".  When I start getting a run of 599 / 73...I close down and go topside.  Only "barefoot" operation from here.  

If you're an animal lover (especially dogs) , you're good with me.  We've adopted a greyhound rescue.  Hopefully the last few years of his life will be better than the first few.  He's a great dog....a 45 mph "couch potato" and gentle as a lamb.  Just has to get used to colder weather as he's from Florida originally and he doesn't have an ounce of fat on him.  Only dog in this community that has a full plaid coat to keep him warm in the winter.  He was pretty "rough" when he got off the plane (his last race was April 14/2014) but my XYL (VO1KD) gave him the TLC that only she can give and now he's shining like a new dime as you can see from the photo.  Many thanks and kudos to the greyhound rescue association of Newfoundland for the fine work they do with these former racers !

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.  You send me one , I send you one.  No interest in e-QSL or LoTW.

Hope to hear you on the air.

Cheers and 73 from Newfoundland

Doug VO1DD

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