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QSL: SK April 14, 2016

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With sadness, we have to inform you that Gary, "W7 Whiskey Papa Romeo", became a silent key on April 14, 2016.  Gary, we are thankful that you were able to enjoy plenty of DX during this last sunspot cycle peak and hope that you continue to hear us when we check in to the "noon time net"... and think of you.  The "ether" connects us all and will continue to do so for all eternity.

God Bless & 73 OM

 

Hi, my name is Gary Carlson; call sign W7WPR.  In mid-July at the age of 15 years old, I passed my FCC NOVICE Amateur Radio License exam and became WN7WPR.  That was some 60 YEARS AGO !!!  Less than 4 months later on November 4, 1954, I passed my General Class exam at the F.C.C. Office in Seattle.  

45 years ago I passed my Extra Class tests, in Juneau, Alaska.  On the very same day, I also passed my First Class ‘Radio Telephone’ license test, as well!  The FCC passed me at 25 W.P.M. CW so I was able to give Ham Radio tests for all classes levels in the Haines/Skagway Alaska area (KL7 land).  At that time, I was licensed as KL7FRZ (“frozen radio zombie” -HI HI). My first AK call was KL7CUR AT GLENNALLEN, ALASKA. I WAS HALF WAY BETWEEN ANCHORAGE AND FAIRBANKS, ALASKA.' CQ DX-HI.

I LOVE Amateur Radio and am an avid CW FANATIC.

I WAS THE TOP STUDENT AT FORT MONMOUTH, NEW JERSEY AT A SIX MOUNTH TELECOMUNICATIONS CLASS PRIOR to REPORTING TO A.C.S. SEATTLE F.O.B. BEFORE BEING SHIPPED TO THE TERRITORY OF ALASKA FOR 2 YEARS OF ISOLATED DUTY(OK)-HI.

From 1954 t o 1957 I was a member of the Roosevelt High School Amateur Radio Club (Seattle, WA).  Part of that time I was vice-president of the club and our call was W7GN. I was a member of the north Seattle radio radio(Civil Defense) Club. We used 6 mrtrs moble and fixed primarly at that time.'

In Spring of 1955, I helped establish a first ever World Wide Radio record, one for the history books.  In N. Seattle, using a Hallicrafters SX25, I received the very first Sky-Wave signals from Portland Oregon being sent using an early, hand constructed, experimental Germanium Alloy transistor (Motorola XN-2).  These were pioneering days in the move from tubes to transistors for radio transmitter and the signal I received was running only 2.5 mW output on 80 meters (3.701 MHz).  Talk about serious QRP DX !!!

Around that same time, I used to operate RTTY on 80 meters A LOT, usually in the late afternoons before sunset.  Clickity clack… clack, clack clack…

In 1967, or so, I came in 2nd Place in a Sweepstakes Contest for Alaska.  I was a technician with the Alaska Communications System for more than 6 years starting at Glennallen A.C.S. (Alaska Communications System) in the ‘Territory of Alaska’ (KL7CUR). AND THEN KL7FRZ(HAINES, AK)-THE STATE THERE OF.'-HI.

I was also KL7GSZ in Ketchikan Alaska for about a year.  A record 140 inches of rain / snow fell that year — PRETTY WET WX - HI.

I was also NL7Y while in Wrangell, for about 3 months.  And for a couple years, I was W3GNA at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg, PA).---{a very good DX QTH-HI} And in Spanaway and Tacoma, Washington I was KY7R for a good 10 years.' I  got my original call sign back a few years ago and I did.'

Currently, at age 75, I am very pleased to be back home at the Retsil Veterans Home in Port Orchard, Washington.  My HF station is up and running again, thanks to the wonderful people who operate this facility with clean living.'

Amateur Radio is a lot of fun and also very educational.  I am so glad that I became a Radio Ham.  What a great hobby this is, pursuing the various aspects, pursuing DX, operating CW, and just meeting people all over the globe.

My calls:
   WN7WPR
   W7WPR
   KL7CUR
   KL7FRZ
   W3GNA
   NL7Y
   KY7R
   KL7GSZ and opr.of : W7GN FOR A COUPLE YRS.'

“That’s everything the best I can recall.  73.”  -Gary

73 to all of you OMs and 88 to the YLs and XYLs -- -HI HI.

 

   CQ CQ CQ DX de W7WPR…

PSE QSL DIRECT or via eQSL  -TNX-

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