||Contoocook Valley Radio Club
Inspired by John, K3WWP, I recently set a goal to have at least one QRP CW QSO every day during 2015. I accomplished that goal and was able to continue until mid-July 2016 when a family emergency required me to make a 24-hour non-stop drive home to New Hampshire. This "streak" of daily QSOs ran from December 28, 2014, through July 16, 2016, for a total of 567 days. QRP works! Please take a look at this promotional video for the North American QRP CW Club. Life membership is free!
- KA1WYD - Novice call issued on December 24, 1990
- N1JHN - Technician call issued in 1991
I hope you enjoy looking at the photos below. Captions are below each picture.
73 de N1JI
Enjoying my birthday on August 13, 2015, while operating at W1AW with my daughter.
My 16-month-old son is thrilled to have climbed into the operating position when Daddy wasn't looking
My Family - Front row (left to right): My XYL, my mother, and my daughter. Back row (left to right): My father (K1FLI), my eldest son, my middle son, me, and my youngest son (named after K1FLI)
I enjoying playing bass guitar and upright bass in a variety of groups. Visit http://jockirvine.com to see a list of my upcoming performances.
My Novice station, circa 1991. Johnson Viking Ranger II transmitter with a National NC-303 reciever.
My current shack is in the corner of our second-floor bedroom - The transceiver is an Elecraft KX3 with a PX3 panadapter. The Icom ID-880H that I won on Ham Nation is used for VHF/UHF/D-Star contacts. Bencher paddles and a Nye straight key round out the setup. My antenna is pictured below.
This is the N1JI antenna farm; An 88-foot doublet squeezed onto my 100x35 foot city lot. UPDATE: As of October 25, 2015, the doublet is 163 feet long. I added 37.5 feet to each end that bends and snakes down through the trees to about 6 ft. off the ground.
A late October view from the shack window.
My mobile rig is currently aN IC-7100 transceiver and the antenna is a Hustler mast on a ball-mount with resonators for each band used.
These are the paddles I use for QRP portable operations. I made them out of a small block of wood and three paper clips. They're not nearly as good as my Bencher paddles, but they get the job done and they didn't cost me anything to make.