K2QB - "The Queen Bee Station"
Welcome to the K2QB bio page! Located in Niagara Falls, New York I was first licensed in 1969 as WN2IVO. Back then the station consisted of a homebrew transmitter using a 6J6 on a piece of wood and a vintage Hallicrafters Skybuddy.
Upgraded to General with the callsign WB2IVO and spent many an evening huddled over my Heathkit DX-60B and HR-10 combo chasing DX which is still my favorite part of the hobby. My interest in DX is what sparked me to become one of the founding members of the Western New York DX Associaton (WNYDXA).
Over the years the station has changed many times and in between 1996 and 2011 I was off the air due to family commitments and various other duties. Prior to going off the air the station consisted of a Kenwood TS-940SAT and a Kenwood TL-922A amp. A Rohn tower supported a Moseley 2 element 40 meter beam and a Pro-37. In addition full wave Delta Loops on 40 and 80 along with a 80/160 sloper helped me achieve 5 Band DXCC, DXCC-CW, DXCC-SSB, DXCC-RTTY and Honor Roll status.
Back on the air after the15 year hiatus the old TS-940SAT has been replaced with a Yaesu FT-2000 outfitted with a roofing filter from AC0C. The Kenwood TL-922A amp was replaced in November 2015 with an Acom 1010. Logging program is Logger32 and a Microham USB III Digital Interface allows me to chase DX on RTTY, PSK31, JT65, JT9 and other digital modes. Running MTTY, FLdigi and WSJT-X for the digital modes and N1MM+ for contesting.
Since being back on the air I have completed 8 Band DXCC as well as WAS Digital, CW and Phone attaining WAS Triple Play #1667.
Antenna systems are an Optibeam OB9-5 roof mounted on a 9' Glen Martin tower. That covers 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20. Rotor is a Yaesu G-1000DXA interfaced to the station with the Easy Rotor from DF9GR.
In addition a Cushcraft R-7 acts as a secondary antenna and also provides 30 and 40 meter coverage. A 120 foot end-fed Zep provides all band coverage from 6 to 160.
Currently member of ARRL, CW Ops, EPC, 30MDG, DMC, PODX, WNYDXA (founding member and past president) and Niagara Frontier Radiosport (NFRS - charter member). I am currently the QSL manager for NF2RS.
Other interests include being an avid golfer and officiating womens's high school and college basketball. Currently VP for the Western New York Board of Officials for Western New York and state certified instructor.
On the personal side, I am married to a wonderful woman going on 41 years who I met in high school while doing a ham radio demonstration at a science fair she was in charge of. Thus whenever I am looking for a new piece of equipment or looking to put up a new antenna I can always go to the " You know, if it wasn't for ham radio we never would have met" hole card.
We have been blessed with 3 beautiful children and 4 grandchildren.
If you happen to hear me on the air please give me a shout.
73 de Jim
"DX don't sleep"
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