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Hello everyone,

Please see QSL information above. It will make it a lot easier for you and me if you follow the instructions. Due to the rising cost of postage over the last few years, it has become necessary to change the way I QSL. If you're collecting paper wallpaper, I will be happy to help you out, just follow the instructions... Thank-you 

Located in the White Mountains of NH, half way between the states of Vermont and Maine, and 7 miles north of Mt. Washington. It gives me a great location for enjoying the four seasons, but not much time for antenna work. At 1700 ft. above sea level, when winter finally arrives here it really puts a stop to antenna projects until springtime....

Mt Washington in the clouds. Always Spectacular...

After about 12 years of being off the air, I enjoy chasing DX, and rag chewing with old and new friends. I formally retired in October 2015 after being a machinist for about 45 years, and find much more time for radio activities now. I try to operate on most bands from 160 to 10 meter, with limited activity on 6 thru 440. 

After more than 36 years using the same call WB1GQQ, I decided to see if I could get a shortened version of the call. Checking many times over the years to see if  W1GQQ was available and seeing it wasn't, I decided to check again recently. What a surprise, it was. I applied for it and it was issued to me shortly afterwards. A nice update for me.

Thanks to Steve K4JPN ex K1VKW who wrote to me about my new call, and it's original owner. W1GQQ was originally issued to Jack Bassette of Stoneham Mass. He elmered Steve after he got his ticket. Jack eventually moved to State College Pa. and taught at Penn State. He became a silent key a number of years ago.

I was going to apply for my Elmers old  call, but somehow I felt funny about that. Charlie W1LQQ would of probably said that it was OK. I miss Charlie and all of his wisdom and DX skills, some of which still stay fresh in my mind today. It still makes me wonder how anyone could be watching the evening news while his wife was complaining about it, while skimming through the daily newspaper, and copping CW at 25 to 30 words a min. and never miss anything. Yes, Charlie was that good. "I miss you old friend, and think of you often."

 

SK, Charlie Gagnon- W1LQQ

SK Charlie-W1LQQ 

 

Lately I have found a new interest in  the hobby, DIGITAL.. With the bands in miserable shape I decided to try a different approach to communications. Not knowing anything about digi, I decided to try JT65 on HF and 6 meters. Wow, to my surprise, there were signals on the bands that I couldn't even hear thru the speaker. I was hooked. I really enjoy HF and 6 SSB, but I needed something to keep my interest during the everlasting bad band conditions. So, I try to spend a little time on JT65 every day or evening trying for 5 band WAS and also calling CQ to try and help others at the same time. Working some DX is also a challenge, but fun here too. I still feel like a fish out of water in the digi mode, but at least I seem to be making contacts, and all is working OK for now. Just bare with me if I seem to mess it up from time to time. What a GREAT HOBBY... 

I've downloaded the newest version of WSJT-X v1.8.0 for FT8, along with JTAlertX. A great combination of software for this mode. WOW! it's JT65 and JT9 on steriods. This is great, and even signals on 160 mtrs. after dark. This is just way too much fun. Maybe we need to be thankful for such a bad sunspot cycle. It has really premoted all the digi modes. I wonder what the band activity would be like if we had a SFI of about 250 or more. I have dedicated my new to me TS-2000 kenwood to FT8 for now, and it seems to work great for this mode...

 More to come in the future...

73 to all for now,  Alan (Al) W1GQQ

 

 

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United States Award#3231
Granted: 2017-06-29 14:16:02   (W1GQQ)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 30 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#5608
Granted: 2017-06-19 23:14:02   (W1GQQ)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Phone
United States Counties Award#6718
Granted: 2017-06-11 14:12:02   (W1GQQ)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#16235
Granted: 2017-06-11 02:40:02   (W1GQQ)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    160 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#17661
Granted: 2017-06-11 02:22:01   (W1GQQ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
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