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Hi! My name is Jim. I am 54 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 304 countries mixed mode, about 289 on phone, and 281 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 has audio problems and will be sending it into the shop for repair. It also seems to run really hot. 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.

I just got DXCC country #300 this year 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).

Countries I still need are:3C, 3W, 3Y/B, 3Y/P, 4S, 5A, 8Q, 9M2, 9V, A9, BS7, BV9P, E4, ET, 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, YA, YK, ZD9, and ZS8. Yes, I am the ONLY one on the planet to not get a QSO with Peter I. I hear XV1X, 9V1YC, and ET3SID at times but never been able to break the pileup or get them to hear me. After 20 years of operating, hopefully this is my year ! I really thought I would get the T5 this year 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 8 years or so ago and I am still waiting for the conditions to allow me to "try again later" ! (Sad to hear ET3SID is SK now. Hopefully his legacy will live in the ET3AA station.) 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 !

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 about 438 grids on 6 meters,70 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 cards 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 enjoy IOTA with about 567 islands worked. Anyone chasing DXCC should seriously consider this very popular DX award sponsored by RSGB. I am casually keeping track of Russian RDA numbers and Japanese JCC numbers for their respective awards.

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. (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 AAØMZ 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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