Although the callbook shows my first name as Bartolo, I have been called Joe throughout my life. My XYL, Anne, is K2XXX, but she has not been active on the air for many years. I was originally licensed in 1956 as K(N)2UZO, and I have briefly held the calls K3UWE and VK3BJG. I also currently hold the calls VK8XX and HS0ZCK and have operated from France, Italy and Thailand as K2XX/ several times in the past.
I am 1962 graduate of Virginia Tech in the field of chemistry. I also attended graduate schools at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. I was employed by the National Starch and Chemical Company for more than 33 years and held the position of Senior Scientist at the time of my retirement.
Aside from my interests in ham radio and related technologies (computers, etc.), my XYL and I do a lot of ethnic cooking and the natural consequence thereof, ethnic eating - probably too much of the latter. We also enjoy classical, opera, jazz and rock music. During the past few years, I have developed an interest in genetics and evolutionary biology and currently audit courses related to those subjects at Virginia Tech.
In 1999 we moved from New Jersey to a farm in Floyd County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia, near Virginia Tech. We are extremely pleased with every aspect of our new QTH
Currently, the antennas at our Floyd County QTH are a four element Steppir Yagi on 6-20M and a two element quad on 30 and 40M Both beams are at about 75 feet.
For 80 and 160M TX I recently installed a 107 foot top loaded vertical with 68 radials. Based on favorable reports from several other hams, I have just (October 2010) installed a K7TJR RX 4-Square for 80 and 160M. The improvement in RX vs the vertical is simply remarkable. Finally, I have an 80M EDZ (344' doublet fed with OWL) that I now use as an all purpose antenna.
I will QSL all QSLs received via the same route that they are received. SAE makes life easy for me, but postage is optional. I still remember getting and treasuring my first QSLs as a teenage ham and would like to foster what seems to be a diminishing tradition.
Please look for us on the air.
P.S. Go Hokies!
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