A few weeks ago I went out in the shack right before leaving for work, about 5:30 in the morning. I tuned up on 30 and heard K6VVA/KL7 calling CQ. Having spent a bit of time up in Alaska myself, I get a bit of a thrill out of working KL7’s. We just had a quick exchange of signal reports, and I left for work thinking I’d worked some old fart in his motorhome on vacation which in itself is actually pretty cool. When I got home I looked up the call and discovered that Rick Hilding, K6VVA not only had activated the barrier island of Point Lay as an “Island on the Airwaves” (IOTA), but had also gone native and completely immersed himself in the local culture. Turns out Rick does this kind of thing on a regular basis.
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