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My first introduction to radio was when I purchased a Chevy 20 conversion travel van in 1990. It came complete with a VHS player, TV and a CB radio! After having the CB radio "peaked" (pwr from 5 to 10 watts) I was ready to take to the roads. With our three young children we spent a number of vacations on the road. The kids watched their favorite VHS movies and I conversed with the truckers. In 1992 Dick Sempowich KA2HOM introduced me to Ham radio and CW. He noted that since he was a man of a few words CW was his favorite mode. I was first licesnsed as N2UYX in 1993 at the age of 43. In 1995 I upgraded to extra class and obtained my current call AA2VG.

My station included a Kenwood TS 850S, Bencher iambic paddles and a G5RV. Within several years I added an Alpha 91B amplifier and a Mosley multiband antenna. I got special permission from the XYL to place the antenna on top of a new 50 foot tower in the backyard. When she finally saw the tower and antenna in place she uttered .."you owe me".

The tower has since been sold and replaced by an 80 meter multiband Carolina Windom. The Kenwood TS850S has been replaced by an Icom IC 7300.  I enjoy QRP CW with my MFJ-9030 and Elecraft KX3. I have also been using a straight key after getting my SKCC # 9663. My favorite mode is CW but you can also find me ragchewing on SSB. Taking my rigs on vacation with me and working portable has been lots of fun.

My occupation is a medical doctor with a specialty in Pulmonary Medicine and exercise physiology. My office usually keeps me busy but I almost alway find time to get into the shack.

After 23 years on the air I still find it magical that I can communicate with fellow Hams around the country and around the world using a long wire, a battery, a portable rig and a CW key.

I treasure all my qsl cards and all the friendships I have made over my 23 years in radio. QSL via direct or lotw.

As a member and officer of the Larkfield Amateur Radio Club (www. I enjoy club activities and especially enjoy welcoming new hams to our interesting, fun and challenging hobby. 

FISTS # 2530, SKCC # 9663, NAQCC # 6563

Member of the Larkfield Amateur Radio Club (LARC) ( www.larkfield.org )

Member of Suffolk County ARES/RACES

Update April 30, 2017

I had always wanted to build a transceiver.  A club member informed me about a kit made by the Four State QRP Group called the Bayou Jumper. It was designed after the paraset radios used in WWII. These WWII radios were camouflaged in a suitcase, weighed about 40 pounds, and were delivered behind enemy lines via parachute drops (hence the term paraset).  The history of how they were used and how they helped the war effort I find fascinating and continue to read on the topic.

As a first time builder the project was a bit challenging but also exciting.  Some tips..... get rid of that 25 year old soldering iron and purchase a temperature controlled iron. If your eyes don't work like they did 50 years ago purchase a good magnifying glass!  

Making contacts with my Bayou Jumper is fun. It's a basic 5 watt crystal controlled tranmitter with a regenerative receiver.  Since I entered Ham radio in 1993 I have been spoiled by transceivers, (as opposed to separate receiver and transmitter), filters, VFOs (instead of crystal control), CW side tone, 100 watts plus power and iambic CW keying. Making a contact with none of the above is a thrill. So far I have contacted 24 states with only 26 to go for my Bayou Jumper WAS!!

Hope to cu agn ..... 73

Peter S. DeLuca AA2VG

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