I joined this great hobby in January, 1961 as WV2QPW. An SX-110 and a DX-20 running 40 watts were all I could afford with paper-route money, but I would not trade the memories of starting that way for anything. Callsign changes have included WA2QPW, WA4BTC and then N4GG in 1977, when the N-block opened up. I am the original holder of N4GG.
I chase DX and contest from 1.8 to 50 MHz - CW being the preferred mode. The station includes an FTdx5000 and an FT-1000MP set up for SO2R contesting, a pair of ACOM 2000A amps, and a collection of wire antennas. On 6M the amplifier is a 1KW brick out of the retired WSB channel 2 TV video transmitter here in Atlanta. Thanks WSB! Contest software is WRITELOG. SO2R and auto bandswitching gear is home-brew running off W9XT band decoders. I highly recommend Gary, W9XT's Unified Microsystems products. Three of his XT-4 keyers travel with me on M/2 contest expeditions.
I don't chase awards other than DXCC, but after 56 years I have a few:
DXCC Honor Roll: Mixed/Phone/CW, 9 band DXCC/WAC, 5BWAZ, 6 band WAS closing in on 10 band (I may never have a KH6 QSO from here on 6M), WPX Award of Excellence w/160 endorsement, VUCC 50 MHz @ 230 grids, A-1 Op, QST cover plaque, and the Royal Order of the Wouff Hong. I am a member of the Southeast Contest Club (SECC) and the Southeastern DX Association (SEDXA).
I am a retired EE, MBA and aerospace executive with 30+ years in everything from receiver design to forming entrepreneurial start-ups. Licenses include Amateur Extra and what was a First Class Radiotelphone Commercial License - the FCC converted all those to "General" some years back. I consult to the electronics industry and enjoy writing for a variety of ARRL publications including QST, NCJ, The ARRL Handbook and The ARRL Antenna Book.
Ham radio was passed down - my dad was on the air with spark and obtained the call 2NJ in 1916. In 2010 I completed building "Blue Lightning," an authentic 1910 1/2 KW syncronous rotary spark gap transmitter. It is pictured above. Blue Lightning has been to Dayton twice and to numerous club meetings. Visitors are always welcome and Blue Lightning and a presentation about our hobby's early history and the days of spark are available if your venue is not too far from here - contact me for details. Blue Lightning is not available for on-the-air skeds. I can play you an MP3 of how it sounds on the home receivers - that's as close to hearing spark on the air as you can get these days - which in some respects is too bad, but that's the way it is.
I enjoy paper QSLs although LOTW has been a real positive for myself and the hobby. QSLs for N4GG, NN4GG, PJ2/N4GG, PJ4/N4GG, TI5/N4GG, HP/N4GG, PJ4R (Feb 2004 and Feb 2005 only), PJ4O and VP2MHK:
LOTW, Bureau, or Direct. US Direct: SASE appreciated. Non-US Direct: SAE and one green stamp (I'll absorb the loss) or one IRC. There are over 150,000 N4GG QSOs in the LOTW. Contest QSOs are added to LOTW within a day or two, DX and casual contacts are entered monthly. All QSOs for the above DX callsigns are in the LOTW as are all N4GG QSOs - 1977-present. WV2QPW are also loaded, and WA2QPW and WA4BTC are a work in progress. Bureau QSLs for NN4GG must be marked with N4GG as the manager or they will go to the wrong W4 QSL bureau. I do not use eQSL.
Note: The ARRL Outgoing Bureau rates increased substantially November 1, 2016. As a result I have had to reduce my outgoing bureau mailings to once or twice a year. If you send me a card you will ALWAYS get one back, but bureau cards may take a few months longer than before.
I am a member of the QSL Manager's Society and will never close a log. http://www.qsl.net/qslmanagers/index.htm
Thanks for all the QSOs, I look forward to seeing you soon in person or on the air.
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