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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-940S-AT 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-940S-AT 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 currently 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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K2QB
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dedateband mode grid Country op
DJ0QO 2014-01-10 15m JT65 JN39ii Germany Rene Zimnoch
AA3B 2013-12-29 160m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
JR1AQN 2013-12-25 15m JT65 FN31cd Japan Masaaki Maeda
K5HJ 2013-12-23 40m JT65 EM12np United States CHARLES R OTT
RA1AFS 2013-12-22 15m JT65 KP50eb Russia Vitaliy L. Nekrasov
DL2FHO 2013-12-21 15m JT65 JN49ij Germany Felix Hormuth
AK4BB 2013-12-01 20m JT9 EM83cl United States GEORGE D WALDROP
KF7YQC 2013-11-29 20m JT65 EM31rh United States SAMUAL P YANZ
KR4IP 2013-10-05 40m JT65 EM83bm United States RICHARD K STUDDARD
AJ7G 2013-09-28 40m RTTY EM80ln United States RANDY R WOODS
YV4GJN 2013-09-15 12m JT65 FK50xf Venezuela FRANCESCO PICCONE
DL1EKZ 2013-09-15 15m JT65 JO31hl Germany Hans Kindel
DO5KR 2013-09-15 15m JT65 JO30ms Germany Ralf Koehler
EA3RM 2013-09-15 15m JT65A JN11dx Spain LLUÍS PERDOMO PLADEVALL
KD8SAV 2013-08-31 40m CW EM79vs United States Gary E Whiddon

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