Re: Anyone have anything on the bench this weekend?
JT Croteau <jt.tobit@...>
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Bart, thanks for your reply. I am replying to the reflector because a) I can and b) I miss other ESE members who used to be more active on various QRP reflectors.
I hope I die shortly after I renew N1ESE for the last time so whomever tries to get it next has to go through a lengthy process.
I happened across N1ESE by happenstance. Since my novice days back in 1986, I had always admired and wanted a 1x2 Extra callsign. When I had the opportunity to upgrade to general after moving to So. Cal, I switched from KA1VIX to W6CFO. I had always admired the "Chicken Fat Operators" group of high speed CW operators so this was quite fitting. Within a year, I was passing my Extra exam and could finally upgrade to a 1x2 call and, wouldn't you know it, W6FO was available and I jumped on that. It was a great call at the time, especially considering the change from W6CFO.
I kept W6FO for a number of years as I moved back and forth from California to Georgia a couple times. In 2007 when I finally moved back to 1-land, I kind of wanted a change back to a 1-land call. I did quite a bit of operating in Georgia as both W6FO and W6FO/4 and DX stations always seemed disappointed when they realized I was on the east coast instead of the west.
Therefore, I started "shopping" for 1-land calls. At the time, there were quite a few ESE members active, Monty (N5ESE) stands out, on QRP-L and other lists. There were at least 4 other ESE's active as well but Monty has always stood out. As soon as I realized N1ESE was available, the choice was clear.
As much as I wanted a 1x2 back in my novice days, I cannot imagine any other call than N1ESE. I will never be a good of a CW op as other ESE members but I will always be QRP.
CU ES 72 DE JT N1ESE
On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM, Bart Lawson <blawson2@...> wrote: