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I QSL via QRZ, LoTW daily, eQSL when I get a chance. All 3 100%.  NO PAPER please! I will not respond.

FT8 - No 73, no QSO, no verify.

I was first licensed in 1969 as WN2GSL. I got my General in 1970 and became WB2GSL. Time went on and life got in the way. Married in 79, 3 kids by 82. We moved to a place that was too small for a shack and we could not have an antenna of any kind. My license lapsed and I pretty much forgot about the hobby for 36 years. Then when cleaning out a storage area in the crawl space of a rental house I own I came upon my old rig, a Swan 500CX. I saved up a long time for that rig back in the 70's and that money today translates to about $2000.00 today. So I dragged out the box and started remembering how much fun I had back in those days. I'd come home after school and talk to the same friends in the Northeast almost every day.  On cold winter nights, blowing snow, cold wind,  hoping the power didn't drop out, I'd be sitting in my room, the warmest room in the house thanks to 15 vacuum tubes in the 500CX working stations everywhere. After those memories flooded in I did some Google work and I found out I could get my General back if I passed the Tech test and I found the Ham Whisperer and QRZ.  I went through the Ham Whisperer Technician course and too many practice exams on QRZ.com to remember and passed my Tech weeks after finding my old rig. I quickly bought a 2 meter handheld and aquired a Motorola Maxtrac 300 also set up for 2 meters and got back on the air on March 2nd of 2017 as KD2NAF and met the local gang on 2 meters. One day later I appied for WA2GSL since my old call (WB2GSL) was taken and I received it on March 21st. I revived the old Swan and it is back on the air.  I'm currently married to a woman I've known since 1978 but only started dating in 2010 and we married 2012. Our kids are all grown and gone. Besides radio I like to ride my Harley and I mean ride. 10-15k a season is not unusual mileage. Glad to be back on the air after so long!

Rigs:

Icom-7300. Perhaps the best radio dollar for dollar ever.

Swan 500CX putting out 275-300 on 20, 140 on 15, 225 on 40 and touching 300 on 80. I've owned it since 1971, bought it new. No mods but recap. 47 years old. If I can't get the DX on this rig I fire up the old Swan at triple power and usually get them then. I call the Swan my not so instant linear. This one will be with me until I go SK. To many memories to let it go.

Motorola Maxtrac 300 for 2 meters.

 

Antennas:

6BTV Vertical, ground mounted with 48 radials (1200+ feet of wire) and a homebrew 17 meter mod.  Love this antenna!

Carolina Windom

End fed wire 136'

DBJ-1 VHF/UHF vertical

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United States Award#3726
Granted: 2017-11-22 17:34:48   (WA2GSL)

World Continents Award#18806
Granted: 2017-11-06 13:14:02   (WA2GSL)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#7647
Granted: 2017-10-24 17:36:28   (WA2GSL)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#17423
Granted: 2017-10-24 17:36:19   (WA2GSL)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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