On March 11, 1999, I subscribed to Cox@Home, which provided me with high-speed Internet access using the cable company's existing cable. A Motorola modem was provided, and it has certainly made things a whole lot easier accessing the internet.
On July 3, 1999, I applied for W1BQ online as a vanity callsign. Unfortunately, someone beat me to it by perhaps a week or two.
On July 10, 1999, I purchased a Microtek SlimScan C3 flatbed scanner.
On July 10, 1999, I sent a new online application to the FCC for a new Vanity Call. This time, I would hopefully get what I had always wanted: a 1X2 W call! I applied for two calls: W1LU (1st choice) and W1QF(2nd choice). I sent the 10-year fee of $13.00 the next day to the FCC.
An interesting twist in the callsigns: my old call KN1I was applied for, and issued to Kenneth Aldrich from Lebanon, NH on July 22, 1999.
Pictured left is a photo of me taken in July 1999, still with the old Yaesu FT101ZD.
On August 9, 1999, I received my new license from the FCC for W1LU (pictured left). My W1LU QSL card is pictured left. Also pictured left is the original holder's QSL card for W1LU.
On August 10, 1999, I applied for a new amateur radio license plate for W1LU.
On September 6, 1999, I purchased a Porta-Wattz 300 DC-to-AC power inverter (right) for the car, so that I can use the Yaesu FT101ZD in the car, to activate islands! On September 13, 1999, I purchased a new photo-quality printer, the Hewlett-Packard Deskjet 712C (right), putting out to pasture the old HP 550-C clunker.
On September 16, 1999, I received notification that my new W1LU amateur radio plates are ready. Wow! Only five (5) weeks since I ordered them! (pictured left). On September 18, 1999, I ordered a Hamstick 20M mobile antenna for the mobile, along with a magnetic mount.
On September 20, 1999, I picked up my new W1LU ham plates! (pictured left).
On September 23-24, 1999, I received both the magnetic mount and Hamstick 20M mobile antenna, and prepared the car for HF mobile island activation for Little Comfort Island, a new one for US Islands!
On September 27-28, 1999, I activated Little Comfort Island (a new one for US Islands), Great Island, & Conanicut Island. I made 93 QSOs total, and printed 3 separate QSLs for each island (below), along with a photo of me taken from Great Island, RI.