Bob, N9AUY put together a marvelous opportunity to work radio from the
LST on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2007. We had a wonderful
opportunity to call CQ from this historic vessel. The museum
supported our efforts and a dozen or so hams were involved in this
During the day, a Sunday as I recall, I had the opportunity to call CQ
from the ship. I'm grateful to Linda, AB8QH for assisting with the
logging duties. We did manage to build up a bit of a pile-up and it
was fun working through the many call signs.
In the pile-up I managed to hear, "stroke AG." I came back to the
call sign and it turns out that this was
K14ZJS's first QSO as a
General. We were pleased to have the QSO.
Earlier in '07 our club had an open shack night and late evening
upgrade testing session. At that evening's session we designed and
were ready to produce a 'First Contact' certificate. I don't recall
that we managed to actually celebrate any first contacts that evening.
After getting a QSL card from KI4ZJS indicating that our W8ZHO LST
station was his first contact as a General I just had to dust off the
'First Contact' certificate. I put together this 'wallpaper' and got
it to the QSL manager so he could mail this certificate with the QSL
card. I thank Bob, N9AUY for doing this task before he left for
Florida and a well deserved month or better break from our weather.
This was certainly a joint effort. I'm pleased as punch to hear that
KI4ZJS enjoyed the little extra effort. We're grateful for the
opportunity to support and encourage our ham
Isn't ham radio fun?!