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Hi. Thanks for stopping by my page. I go by "Jim" for radio as it is cw friendly.
Born and raised here in Oxford, NC, I watched my father, WA4MII(sk), build almost everything imaginable made by HeathKit. He was also an avid RV enthusiast and I had the privilege of erecting dipoles and ground planes in KOA camp grounds and state parks from here to Oregon, New Mexico and all points between. But I just did not get interested in the hobby at a young age.

I enlisted in the US Navy in October, 1989, attended boot camp and STG "A" school in San Diego, CA. My first sea duty was aboarb the USS Thomas C Hart, FF 1092 steaming out of Norfolk, VA. I joined the Crew of the Hart in November 1990, in the Red Sea.
Suez canal x5, Panama canal x2, Shellback

I was sent to the reserves as part of President Clinton's reduction in force in 1993.
In Pharmacy school I was recruited for the US Navy Health Sciences Collegiate Program and commissioned in 1999 at the rank of Lieutenant. I was assigned as the Chief Pharmacist at the Naval Branch Medical Clinic in Key West, FL. In 2002, I transferred to the United States Pulic Health Service and moved back here to Oxford.

That's my story. I have two children. A son, Bruce at NCSU, a daughter, Sissy. Been married 24 years to an angel named Wanda.

Enjoy CW dx, SKCC events, learning digital modes and building Elecraft kits.

Station consists of a K2, K3, p3, KPA500, 40meter delta loop, trap band vertcal, and a Mosley Mp 33.

CU on the bands 73 de jim. es remember... "A complaining sailor is a happy sailor."


Lionel J 38 mounted to the bottom of a steam iron by WB5FXT(SK) Courtesy of K4AVO

Having fun with wires

K2 Build

home brew 10 meter yagi

$28 six meter quad project.


Rare El-Key. Courtesy of K3KO

Vertical 40 radials

My Father's TS 440.  18 years after he went SK, returned home from WB4WRU(SK) via K4AVO

Blew the dust bunnies out.  It works!  Thanks Pat!


McElroy  Telegraph Apparatus Company  model 510  "Hole in the wall"   It's a little fast for me, but nice exaple of a mid 1940,s bug.

Another El Key Below. 


Solar QRP set up

This is a 50 watt bendable panel by Renogy

This photo bottom left is the charge controller fed by the panel.  The rest of the conections are Anderson Power DC connectors by Powerwerx.  The charge controller is connected to a power distribution center mid left in photo.  From there a 7.2 Ah external battery top left  for the K2.  Bottom center is a "USBbuddy" by Powerwerx 10-32VDC in 5VDC out feeding a 13.6 Ah dual USB port external lithium ion battery by TIRUX which is powering the iPad mini and external keyboard which is running Pignology's  HAM LOG.  Of course K2 top right.

From the operator's position



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K4AOA
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dedateband mode grid Country op
K0FTC 2014-01-20 12M CW DN70lm United States John K Bredehoft
VE2PID 2014-01-12 40m CW FN45bj Canada Pierre Desjardins
KK4WCH 2014-01-11 2m FM FM06oa United States Albert C Hughes, Jr
J69DS 2014-01-11 12m RTTY FK94ma St Lucia Frans van Santbrink
KA4EET 2014-01-08 40m CW EL96ao United States RONALD A PREVITY
KE7MTF 2013-12-29 80m OLIVIA DN18tf United States Joshua T Nelson
KK4VKR 2013-12-27 40m CW EM60dn United States Charles A Creel
KB3FTE 2013-12-22 40M CW FN10mb United States REAGAN C STODDARD
W2TAW 2013-12-19 40m CW FM29ow United States TOMMY A WILLIAMS
WA2JSG 2013-12-07 40m CW FM29hq United States CURTIS W MYERS
K4AVO 2013-12-04 2m FM FM06qh United States BRUCE P COX
K8EHE 2013-12-04 40m CW EN80kd United States TERRY K BARNETT
N8KQ 2013-11-13 80m CW EN90os United States Randall L Hayes
KF5PMU 2013-10-26 30m OLIVIA DM65qg United States Chris Behl
A61DD 2013-10-25 10m PSK31 LL85AT United Arab Emirates ALI SALEH ALSHEHHI

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