During 1997, although I had a new callsign, I was inactive until November 1997, where I began working islands for I.O.T.A. I also began getting interested in the United States Islands (U.S.I.) award program, which recognizes for credit any island in the U.S.A.
In February 1997, I purchased a jumperless Abit IT5H motherboard along with a Cyrix 6X86 P150+ CPU and a Matrox Millenium video card, and assembled it into a mini-tower, for a complete computer system upgrade
I also got a new amateur radio license plate with my new callsign, WA1P. It is also the latest "new wave" design for Rhode Island, shown here.