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March 28, 2017


Well, I am back on the air.  Thanks to Bill, W1ZY for being my test subject tonight.  Good luck on your storage container project, Bill!  Looking forward to many more contacts to come.  Equipment still is still the FT-950 and G5RV Jr.  I did not like the vertical.  I see a hexbeam in my future.  

73, VP9NL



New QTH, new grid, still VP9!  I am not yet on the air, but will be soon.  The pics below are now out of date.  I will probably still have the G5RV Jr. going until I decide what to do next.  Ideally that would be a hexbeam given the physical restrictions of my rental QTH, but I may give a GAP Titan DX a try at the lower price point.  


Originally licensed as VP9NNL on June 4, 2012. Upgraded December 13, 2012 to VP9NL. On September 27, 2013 I passed my Tech, General and Amateur Extra in a Grand Slam and am now also AF7DU. This was accomplished with the help of Ed (VP9GE) for a testing location at Terrafal, and the help of MRAC VEs Tom (KG9EE) who was here with his wife for their 30th Anniversary, and the CQ WW RTTY Dynamic Duo of Jamie (WW3S) and Ray (ND8L). Thank you, gentlemen! I will always be grateful for your encouragement and the integrity of the examination process. Our ability to pull this off serves as an exemplar of HAMs helping HAMs! More to come.
I have wanted to be a HAM since the mid 1970s. While deer hunting with my father in Arizona as a child, I watched as an Extra fighting cancer called SSB from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Kaibab National Forest to a station in Utah, to a station in Colorado who then autopatched to a station in California who then called the HAM's wife on the next block relaying that he was not feeling well and was going to start the drive home the following day. I wish I had had the forsight to take note of who that Amateur Extra was at the time. I would like to thank him, or at least his family. He took the time to show me what he was doing, how the equipment worked and why it was important for others to learn how to do what he was doing. While late, I finally did it. What better place than the middle of the Atlantic!
I am an American citizen married to a Bermudian. We live in Bermuda full-time. We have a son almost 4 years old who claims his call sign is VP99999.
My shack contains a Yaesu FT-950 with the DVS-6 and the FH-2, RadioSport RS60CF Headset and SignaLink USB. Now that I have earned my US Amateur Extra, I am learning to use my Bencher Hex Key. I am active on SSB and digital modes HF 40m through 10m, and 6m. Also 2m and 70cm locally via repeater.

Beyond Amateur Radio, my hobbies include family, cooking, zymurgy, Closed-Circuit Rebreather diving up to 100m/333ft, fishing and when home in the US; hunting, target practice, and precision reloading.

Current Antenna-G5RV Jr in an inverted "U"- Why? Because that is what I can fit the space the landlord allows.



Former antenna used as VP9NNL- "The Big Bamboo", a homebrew dipole tuned for 28.400.



The ORIGNAL VP9NNL antenna (Look closely in the photo below):
VP9NNL: "Should I cut a little more?"
VP9ID: "No."
VP9NNL: "snip . . . snip . . . How's that?"

Sorry, exact quotes have somehow been misplaced . . . .



Hope to work you on the bands soon!
Craig, VP9NL



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