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Hi! My name is Jim. I am 56 years old. I have a wife (Christie), three daughters and two sons. I am originally from Kansas City.

I was a Staff Sergeant, in the U.S. Army for 9 years, and have been to Egypt and spent two years in Korea. After the Army I went to Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas where I graduated with a degree in History. I then joined the U.S. Air Force and completed my military career retiring as a Captain. I had numerous assignments and you may have worked me from any number of them. I was a Minuteman ICBM Missile Launch Officer in North Dakota. I worked at Cheyenne Mountain, NORAD, Space Control Center in Colorado, where I monitored satellites, determined where reentering objects would land on earth, worked with NASA assisting with the Space Shuttle and the MIR, and other space related duties.

I have a Kenwood TS2000 and operate a maximum 100W with a wire dipole antenna stretched between a couple of trees. Not a very elaborate station! I have worked (confirmed) about 307 countries mixed mode, about 290 on phone, and 287 on CW. I have 8BDXCC (10,12,15,17,20,30,40,80 mtrs) with 44 countries on 160 meters. I have not been pleased with the Kenwood TS2000. It had audio problems and was sent into the shop for repair. It was repaired by Kenwood East and it still has problems. I do not recommend buying this rig. I had a Kenwood TS140 and was VERY pleased with that little rig so I stayed with the Kenwood line when I purchased the TS2000 at Dayton in 2004. After the problems with the TS2000, I won't be going back to Kenwood on my next rig.  This is how the rig is supposed to work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBqG1vQhaDg  This is the transient problem that I get: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBQ039aGo9k

I just got DXCC country #300 in June 2012 when 7O6T was confirmed ! Thanks guys !!! I managed to get them on one band and one mode (CW). Please think about that when you are begging the DX for the 15th band/mode QSO. Some of us are still trying for our one and only ! Not easy running low power. I'm the little guy calling for hours while the big gun is saying, "Nice to work you again. Don't want to keep you. Lots calling. Just wanted to let you know you sound great today just like when we worked yesterday." (blah blah blah as the band conditions fade away) I also just worked 1A0C on their last day for a new one (DXCC #301) and managed one QSO with PT0S for a new one (DXCC #302).

2014 was a good year for some new DX.  I managed to get one contact with 9M2MRS (DXCC #304), T6T (DXCC #305), ZD9XF (DXCC #306) for new DXCC countries.  I thank them for hearing me and answering my QSL requests to bring my DXCC total up to #306.  I also thank the decent operators who were in the pileups who stood by and allowed these contacts to happen. I worked TT8/US3EZ for a new one but his QSL is not counted by DX HQ due to them not having proper licensing documentation.  My biggest disappointment of the year was not working FT4TA, Tromelin Island DXpedition.  That would have been a new one but I could not manage one contact.  The pileups never died down as the "Piggy Board" chasers were fighting for their 3 modes on all bands.  It has become ridiculous that people are chasing 27 QSOs while the small station is putting in hours for just one and coming up empty handed. It is bad enough to fight the intentional QRMers.  I hope people are more considerate when K1N, Navassa Island, goes on the air this year.  I have my doubts.  Piggy Boards are the way of the future it seems.  I have already worked Navassa Island in the past so it won't affect me but it will affect others.  Especially our friends in AS and OC.  Please think about this.  If you don't need a station and he has a pileup, don't work them and deny someone else a first time new one.  If there is no pileup and you want a 27th QSO 3rd mode, 9th band...have at it.  As I sit here today I am trying to work 1A0C for a first ever CW contact.  8 days into the DXpedition and the pileups are still intense.  Do that many in Europe still need 1A?  2 days to go before the DXpedition ends.  Here's hoping for some good luck and a break in the action !  It does seem the K1N team understands this phenomenal problem.  From their website: "We will not be working all modes on all bands, but limiting most bands to a specific mode, so that we can work the pileups down to the last little pistol."  I hope other DXpeditions start to adopt this same philosophy to combat the Piggy Board problem.

Countries I still need are:3C, 3W, 3Y/B, 3Y/P, 4S, 5A, 8Q, 9V, A9, BS7, BV9P, E4, EZ, FR/G, FR/J, FR/T, FT8W, KH5K, P5, R1M, S2, SV/A, T5, TT, VK0H, VK0M, VK9C, VK9X, VU4, VU7, XU, XX9, XZ, YK, and ZS8. I was very disappointed not to be able to break the pileup and work 3C7A for a new DXCC.  He was very loud here but I could not break the pileup.  I hope another DXpedition goes there soon.  Also disappointed I did not work S79C.  In 2016, I did FINALLY finally get ET worked as ET7L worked me one QSO for DXCC #307.  THANK YOU !  I hope to work E44YL or E44WT, FT4JA, and VK0EK for new DXCC.   I've heard XV1X, 9V1YC, at times but never been able to break the pileup or get them to hear me. After 23 years of operating, hopefully this is my year ! I really thought I would get the T5 but real disappointment I never could get through to 6O3A. I did get a 4S to hear me and he asked three times for "The Alpha Alpha Zero?" but he did not have any more patience and said, "Sorry try again later." That was 15 years or so ago and I am still waiting for the conditions to allow me to "try again later" !  On the bright side I have worked KP1, Navassa Island. It was beginner's luck when I worked KP1 as one of my first ever DX before I really knew what DXing and DXCC was !

To me the measure of a successful DXpedition is in the number of unique callsigns and not in the number of QSOs. Of course, any time I am in the log it is a successful DXpedition ! Ha ha !!! Remember the U.S. is not just East coast and West coast. There is A LOT of land in between occupied by "Zeros." Give us a call !  If your English is good, try "East of the Mississippi" or "West of the Mississippi"  That's a river that roughly divides North America in half.

I started operating on 6 meters and RTTY about 5 years ago and most recently began operating on 2 meters and 70 cm. I am making my own homebrew yagi antennas and 100 watts out for this. I have confirmed 447 on 6 meters.  (I cannot get a QSL response from KC5K, W7IS, VA6AN and VE3CE after repeated attempts.  If you can help out, let me know !)  78 grids on 2 meters and 10 grids on 70 cm but find VHF grid QSLing to be difficult due to lack of responses by many VHF operators to my SASE and inaccurate QSL of portable/mobile operators. This is a real let down after a difficult 2 meter QSO ! If you use LOTW, PLEASE make sure you put in the correct grid for your different QTH/portable operations. Still looking for an opening to Alaska for my last state on 6 Meter WAS. I am also playing around with WSJT modes.  I just got a T-28 antenna and hope to see things improve in 2016 !

I enjoy IOTA with about 597 islands worked. Anyone chasing DXCC should seriously consider this very popular DX award sponsored by RSGB. I am also working Russian RDA numbers (370 worked) and Japanese JCC numbers for their respective awards.  I am a member of the Kansas City DX Club  http://kcdxclub.com/

My thanks to all the good DXers who respond to my QSL, green stamps, and SASE. Your good ears and good manners make the hobby enjoyable. I use LOTW and encourage others to take advantage of this service. (Go to http://www.arrl.org/lotw for details) I have input all of my contacts from my old paper logs. I use DXLab programs and highly recommend this excellent program for logging and DX work. http://dxlabsuite.com/ (IT'S FREE !) My other hobbies are coin/currency collecting, genealogy, and fishing.

If I can ever be of any assistance to you, please let me know. I always respond to direct QSLs with SASE and special requests (If you need a QSL forwarded to someone, I can do that.) My old call was KB5SXG, when I lived in Texas. I lived in North Dakota and got the AA0MZ call there. I also operated from my homes in California, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming. I now live in the beautiful rural town of Wetmore, Kansas (Nemaha County) with a population of about 350 people.

Take care, good DX, 73 and see you on the bands! Jim (AAØMZ)


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