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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 , 40 and 80 mtr dipoles.  The dipoles do a reasonably good job here right next to the salt water.   Only wire antennas at this location because of severe winds from time to time. Ruggedness and reliability are most important to me here.

I'm not on 80 mtrs much except for a CW net ( 3707 ) every Sunday and Wednesday evening , and an evening traffic net. Rigs here are a  FT 450D dedicated to SSB (wish they had put a key jack on the rear panel) ,  a TS 570 dedicated to CW and an FT 1000 MP.  Because of the current poor band conditions on 20 metres , I have re-activated my amplifier on HF. The 500- 600 watts it gives me seems to be getting the job done at the moment.  Drive the amp with the FT 1000 MP.

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 after a good night's sleep and a strong cup of coffee...hi.    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.  Found my old Vibroplex Standard the other day and am trying to come to grips with it again after using paddles only for the last few years.  I DO NOT log the 599/73  "quick hits".  When I start getting a run of 599 / 73...I close down and go topside.  

I also enjoy spending time on the maritime mobile service net on 14.300.  As a former boater I know how much offshore sailors count on HF communications for safety.  Other than keeping in touch with a few old friends , that's about all the SSB I do.

If you're an animal lover (especially dogs) , you're good with me.  We've adopted a greyhound rescue.   He's a great dog....a 45 mph "couch potato" and gentle as a lamb.   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 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 !   

We adopted a cat from the local SPCA.  He and the Greyhound are slowly coming to grips with each other......LOL.  Maybe in a couple of years......(sigh).  Getting much better now.

I.....***DO NOT***......QSL via ANY bureau.  Please QSL direct if you really need or 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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