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See the above picture, you have heard of small towns being described as "a one horse town", well the town I live in can be described as "a two pump town". This gas station closed years ago, but was THE gas station on Main street that everyone went to.

My interest in radio dates back to 1972, a seventh grade science project. We took a heathkit ssb reciever and "rebuilt" it on a 3x3 piece of plywood with the schematic blown up and placed on the wood. The parts were mounted on the board over their symbols on the schematic. All the wiring was done point to point on the back side of the board. Suprisingly it worked !!!! and we would listen to hams on the bands in the hall during the science fair display time.

I attempted to learn the code to get a license, but after years gave up, found out I have a medical condition that affects it. So in 1993 passed my No-Code Tech and recieved the call N1QVQ. I used 2 meter for many years and last year I purchased and Icom 706MK II that has issues (high power is 40 to 50 watts) not the 100 is it supposed to be. Recently purchased a digital interface and hooked it up and am exploring the HF bands with keyboard CW. If my CW is slow it is because I type slow.

Love to collect QSL cards so please send direct. No postage necessary, you pay to send it to me so I pay to send one back.

eQSL does not count for awards and LOTW will wait for another day .

Icom is connected to a Jetstream vertical 6-80 meters up about 30'. I have a 2 meter and 6 meter beam in the garage to build and put up soon. Another summer project.

Thank you.

73, de n1qvq Bill.


Update: 10/2013 Purchased a used Yaesu FT-857, seems to work fine. The Icom IC-706 has been put on the shelf for back up.

Update: 12/24/2013, finally had time to sit and get LOTW working, so it is now an option. Still prefer paper QSL's but whichever works for you is fine. I will upload to LOTW once a month, at the end of the month. If you need a contact uploaded quicker drop me an email and I will try to help you.

Update: 01/01/2014 Anyone collecting points for the ARRL Centenniary QSO party, I am a a ARRL member so I am worth 1 point. I know only 1 point , but a point is a point.

Update: 07/18/2014. I made my first HF contact on 04/22/2013. I wanted to earn DXCC as a Technician class. It was harder than I thought it would be. Today at the ARRL Centenniary Convention I had the last of my QSL cards checked and verified and have qualified for DXCC, 1 year and almost 3 months after the first contact. I want to thank all the hams that were on the other end of those contacts for their patience and assistance. Later today I sat for and passed my General class license. Now to see how long the next 100 countries take !!

Update: 7/25/2014. 30 Meter Digital Group Membership # 6819 .

Update 8/16/2014: Good US Mail day, recieved my DXCC (mixed) #59457 and my WAC (mixed) Awards today in the mail. YEAH !!!

Update: 8/23/2014 US Mail brought me my WAS Mixed today, # 58813. Next up either Triple Play Award, currently 114 out of 150 completed, OR VUCC, for 6 meters, currently have 44 grids.



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