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Joined the U. S. Coast Guard on November 17th 1947 in Seattle,Washington.  After tours of duty on Destruction Island as a Wickie and at Quillayute River Life Boat Station as a "Sand Peep" I found my self a Seaman 1/c on the Coast Guard Cutter Northwind, an icebreaker home ported at pier 91 in Seattle.  Up until this point in my Coast Guard career I had not decided on what speciality I wanted to pursue, that is until one dark and stormy night off the entrance to the Straight of Juan de Fuca  I was summoned to the "Radio Room", as messenger of the watch, to pick up a message for delivery to the OOD on the bridge.  Entering, for the first time the toasty warm, brightly lit Radio Room, in my dungerees, chambery shirt, work shoes, fowl weather jacket, knitted watch cap and gloves, frirst thing I noticed was a fresh pot of coffee brewing, followed by two guys sitting at operating positions in their undress blues, shined shoes, coffee cups at the ready.  Flash decision, I wanted to be a Radioman.  Couple months later I found my self with a set of orders to Coast Guard Training Center Avery Point in Groton, CT.  As a Radioman and after tours of duty aboard the Coast Guard Cutter's McLane, Falgout, Bittersweet and Wachusett I found myself on the beautiful sun drenched Island of Ike Shima several miles off the Eastern coast of Okinawa, in the Ryukyu Islands, as the only Radioman at a Coast Guard Loran Station. It was there in 1958 I obtained my first two Amatuer Radio licences.  K7GVM as my primary ticket and my Ryukyu Call Sign KR6WW.  Had a blast working the world from Ike Shima with a KW on AM and CW to a 2 element 10 meter Quad on top of a 90 foot wooden pole.  After my year of isolated duty was up K7GVM operated stroke Zero in St Louis, stroke VO1 in Newfoundland, stroke Six in California, stroke One in Conneticut, stroke Two on Governors Island in New York harbor and finally stroke KL7 until I got tired of the stroke KL7 and was issued KL7IBT.  1st 25 years KL7IBT   operated QRP with an HW8 and a Argonaut 509 to various sky wires including a 4 element monoband 10m quad, Various Ground Planes, dipoles, a 160m horizontal loop and finally a 2 el 4 band quad for 10/15/17/20. A Argonaut V was added to the station and I was no longer QRP.  Moved from Alaska to Bellingham, Washington and the station now consists of a Elecraft KX3 to a 620 foot Horizontal Delta Loop operating on 6-10-12-15-17-20-30-40-60-80 & 160 CW & SSB.  At the moment all QSL'ing is by card direct, you send me one and I'll send you one.  On March 18, 2015 added a Hardrock-50 HF Power Amp between the KX3 and the Loop . . . . Addendum #1 May 12, 2017 . . . New address as shown above is a duplex on the Northeast edge of Lynden, Washington, a mere hop-skip & jump from VE7 land.  Station remains the same, however the antenna situation has been significantly downgraded from the 620ft Delta Loop to a Alpha Antennae 10-80M Magnetic Loop setting on the sill of the guest bedroom window.  Due to antenna restrictions I am limited to 15W CW and 30W SSB, with this in mind I would appreciate ypour patience when working my Peanut Whistle station. VY 73/ZUT /s/ Jim K7GVM since 1958 with a 25 year interlude as KL7IBT.


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