HOWDY from western Colorado! The name is Jim, but you can call me Jim.
I QSL direct, no SASE required. I prefer LoTW for DX contacts and digital modes.
I passed my Tech on December 9, 2009 and my General on February 6, 2010 after driving an hour in a snowstorm. Passed my Extra Class exam on June 8, 2013. Member Montrose Colorado Amateur Radio Club http://montrosehamradio.org/
PODSX 070 Club# 1136 | EPC # 13543 | 30MDG #4354 | Feld Hell # FH2819 | AMSAT # 38424 | 10-10 #76005 | SKCC #8965 | Member ARRL
Currently not on hf due to moving to an antenna restricted condo, but am devising a scheme to get a hidden dipole up and back on hf.
I enjoy working the FM Satellites with a Baofeng uv-5r ht and Arrow antenna. I run 1 watt for satellite modes and find that works just fine. Sadly the only fm satellite left is SO-50. I had a small article in the March 2013 issue of QST pg 20 which is very cool.
ARRL VUCC-Satellite Award for over 100 Maidenhead Grid Squares, AMSAT W4AMI Satellite Achievement Award for over 2,000 satellite contacts, ARRL DXCC, WAC, ARRL WAS basic, ARRL WAS phone, ARRL WAS digital, CQ Magazine WPX with 600 Honor Roll Endorsement, eQSL WAS, eQSL ePFX300.
Working AO-27 fm sats in the snow -
On September 5, 2010 I made contact with Col. Doug Wheelock on the International Space Station using an ht standing on my patio. That was very cool!
Yaesu ft-1900r 2 meter mobile in my 2006 Mustang convertible.
I retired from Arkansas law enforcement in 2009 after 35 years. Started as a patrolman and worked my way to sergeant, then transferred to a sheriff's department as patrol sergeant, worked my way up to UnderSheriff, then transferred to the state and was assigned to a federal violent crime fugitive task force.
Then and now. I like now a whole lot better!
.Ridgway, Colorado (pop 800) in Ouray County sits at 7,000 feet in the southwestern corner of Colorado in the heart of the San Juan range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Once home to the Ute Indians, the town was named for railroad superintendent Robert M. Ridgway who established the town in 1891. Ridgway's landscape is dominated by mountain peaks with 12 peaks 13,000 ft or higher including Mt. Sneffles at 14,150 feet. The movies "True Grit" starring John Wayne, and "How The West Was Won" were filmed in Ridgway. The Grammy Awards are made here in town by a local artist and several well known people live here including designer Ralph Lauren, actress Daryl Hannah, and the late actor Dennis Weaver.
Here's where I live:
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