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I retired from my job in January, 2014!  More time for fishing, ham radio, and other interests.

Update, November 2016:  I am currently "snowbirding" in Florida.  In addition to my local Florida ham efforts, I have a RemoteRig setup so that I can operate my IC-7100 that is in my shack in Maine.  My QSL cards from my remote setup will have my Maine address, but you can send to my FL address to save the time forwarding.  My address in FL is:  20 Greenbrier St. #207, Marco Island, FL 34145.

In addition to my current home in West Bath, ME, my family has a summer cottage on Peaks Island, ME (IOTA NA-137). I am QRV from the island usually from June through September. I stayed year round on the island for 2-1/2 years in the recent past, but have now returned to the mainland.

Operating from Peaks Island  Operating from Peaks Island, ME

Operating from Marco Island, FL  Operating from Marco Island, FL


I lived in and operated from Wiscasset, ME, for about 35 years.

My XYL and I "snowbird" to Marco Island, FL (NA-052), for a few months in the winter.  When there, we live in a small condominium apartment.  Definately a challenge for pursuing the ham radio hobby.  I can access a few VHF/UHF repeaters, both analog and D-star.  I also have a DVAP connected to a Raspberry Pi as a D-star hotspot which works quite well.  For HF I have a dipole in the livingroom for 20 M.  It leaves a lot to be desired.  I also have a painter's pole with two hamsticks configured as a dipole for 40 M.  I lash the pole to a tree stump outside the apartment when I want to get on 40, but I can't leave it set up.  I have been experimenting with an end fed wire for 20 M.  If I can find a way to rig it outside in a stealthy way it will probably be my best bet.  

As of November 2016, I have added RemoteRig to the FL shack.  RemoteRig has enabled me to operate my IC-7100 which is in my shack in Maine from my apartment in Florida.  I sometimes have interruptions in my Internet service which causes some drop out, but most of the time it works very well.

I've been licensed and active in Ham radio since 1961.

Member of FISTS Club, ARRL, Bull Net (75 M), QCWA, and SKCC. I also dabble in QRP. I recently acquired a D-STAR HT and have been learning that piece of the hobby. I frequently monitor the KS1R D-STAR gateway repeater in Brunswick, ME.

Other interests include fishing, photography, trap shooting, occasional hunting, bicycle riding, geocaching, and eating in restaurants frequently.

My Peaks Island QSL card is shown below. I can see 4 lighthouses from the road on the east side of the island. Portland Headlight (the QSL image) is one of them.  Note: printing error - the card says "FN-53" but Peaks Island is actually in "FN-43."  My fixed station in West Bath and my previous QTH in Wiscasset are both in FN-53.


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K1CGZ
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TG4NOR 2015-06-04 70cm DSTAR EK44so Guatemala Jose Roberto Ruiz Garcia Salas
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KK4EIS 2014-01-27 20m CW FM16uw United States Georgel Curte
GM4CUX 2013-07-04 70cm DSTAR IO85hr Scotland GRAHAM WINCHESTER
DB2YAH 2013-06-30 70cm DSTAR JO31qs Germany Josef Speikamp
KA1PQK 2013-01-01 40m CW FN42fv United States JAMES T FRANCIS, JR
N1RPH 2012-12-20 80M SSB FN44wp United States MICHAEL J BURRILL
2O12L 2012-08-25 20m SSB JO01ak England Project Echo
W2TAW 2012-06-03 40m CW FM29ow United States TOMMY A WILLIAMS
DK9NE 2012-05-24 20m CW JN59jw Germany Wolfgang Misof
KK4CPO 2012-05-23 20m CW EM83iv United States Rocker T Staton, III
N1RPH 2011-12-04 10M SSB FN44wp United States MICHAEL J BURRILL
K4YND 2011-11-25 20m CW FM19gb United States Donald Baucom

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