February 8, 2014
I wish to express my sincere thanks to Laci, OM2VL, whose LOTW QSL today confirmed my 100th confirmed country on LOTW! After a two year quest, I may now finally apply for my DXCC certificate using all LOTW credits.
I'm heading back to St John, USVI April 21-28. My family is trying hard to talk me out of taking my QRP gear with me. They are tired of my staying up late at night playing radio We'll see who wins. They won.
From April 15 through April 22, 2013 my family vacationed on the beautiful island of St. John, USVI (NA-106) where I operated QRP portable as KP2/W1HFG on 40 meters CW using an MFJ Cub transceiver and a dipole antenna. My thanks go out to all of you who heard my tiny signal and replied. I was able to work stations in 10 countries, many in Russia and Eastern Europe. I'll be very happy to send paper QSL cards to any stations who request them.
View from our QTH in Coral Bay, St. John, USVI (NA-106). Island of Tortola (BVI) in distance.
My portable QRP station includes a 40 meter MFJ Cub transceiver, a 2 amp power supply, J-38 key, and headphones
Thanks to all of you with whom I've been in contact on the air since reactivating my station in 2011 after a many year hibernation. I was originally licensed in 1962 at age 16 as KN1VQN, my rig then consisting of a Heathkit AR-3 receiver and DX-20 transmitter, both of which I built from kits. After my novice license expired, I upgraded to technician class, operating on 2 and 6 meter AM and then let my license expire while serving in the army. In 1977 I got the bug again, took the general test, and received my present call sign.
My station consists of an old Icom 751, a G5RV antenna up about 50' at the ends and 35' at the center, and an MFJ 949E antenna tuner. Three QRP rigs include a Heathkit HW-8, an Oak Hills Research 20 meter Explorer II, and an MFJ 40 meter Cub. My key is an old U.S. Army J-38 straight key. Like me, it's simple and has few moving parts.
My immense thanks go out to local hams, Ron, K1WYF and Bob, AB1MN, both of whom have been tremendously generous with their time in helping me get my station going. Also pivotal in my getting back into ham radio is my 11-year-old son, Will, whom I had told stories over the years of having once been a ham. He knew I had a closet-full of radio gear that had been boxed up since his birth that he'd never seen. He urged me to get it out for him to see. The next I knew, much to my wife's horror, a few days before Thanksgiving I had a station set up on the kitchen counter with a 20 meter dipole suspended in the living room. The gear is now located in my home office, and the antenna, thanks to the assistance of K1WYF and his skill with bow and arrow as an archer, is now properly strung between two tall trees in the back yard. I achieved WAS in July and am working towards DXCC with over 80 countries so far. I QSL by mail, eQSL, and LOTW.
A bit of my personal history: I graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, NY in 1968 and went directly into the Army, serving for three years as a band musician, one year spent with the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands of Vietnam where duties involved flying around in helicopters giving band performances and serving as perimeter guards on the sprawling base camp. After being discharged from the Army, I taught instrumental music in the Boston Public Schools for ten years, then spent two years as the administrator of a small non-profit organization. In 1984 I decided to become a yacht broker which I've been doing ever since. The job is much like that of a real estate broker, helping buyers and sellers buy or sell their personal yachts. An average boat that I handle would typically be in the mid-30' to 40' range.
In my free time when I'm not hamming, I play the euphonium with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a 75 piece symphonic band, and the New England Brass Band, a 31 piece British-style brass band. Both bands are non-profit organizations that perform public concerts around New England. My family skis when we can in the winter and loves boating in the summer. We recently sold our 32' sailboat we had owned for 20 years and now have a 17' Boston Whaler powerboat.
For those whom I've worked on CW, thanks for forgiving my rusty fist and copying skills. I'm still awkward in front of a mike, so please have patience with me.
Thanks to all,
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