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. My primary duties when I arrived was keeping the forward Head in
spotless condition and serving as a "mess crank" baking bread in the overnight
hours. Now the latter had its advantages as we would acquisition steaks and
ice cream from the ward room and eat like kings while the zeros slept.
With Desert Storm looming I was trained as a 50 cal gunner and assigned to starboard
side mount one. Training for this consisted of a game I will call "chasing the tomato".
The "tomato" was a giant blaze orange beach ball which was set adrift and literally
chased by the ship guns a blazing. It was also apparently important that new crew
members qualify with small arms. This training was performed on the flight deck
with the ship pitching and rolling with the sea and a steel frame taget on the starboard
side. The Chief gunners mate would run a loaded weapon, (.45cal pistol, M14, Shotgun)
out to you and you would blaze away with rounds and pellets richoceting off of the
target frame and flight deck non-skid. When empty, you passed, no matter what you
hit or did not hit as may be the case.
During Desert Shield/Desert Storm We enforced the United Nations embargo in the Gulf of
Aqaba. This was enforced by stopping and boarding cargo vessels entering the gulf.
During general quarters we manned the guns donning Jungle camouflage steel pots and
flak jackets. These were hot and heavy but their necessity was explained to me by
my Mount captain STG2 White. The jungle camouflage he explained was so we would
be a clear target to the enemy against the back ground of the haze grey ship and the
flak jacket was to ensure that the bullet would "mushroom out real good" before it went
I asked no further questions.
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 scool 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 assigned to the
Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC. I am still there, CDR, USPHS.
That's my story. I have two children. A son, Bruce, a daughter, Sissy. Been married
22 years to an angel named Wanda.
Got into Ham Radio in Feb, 2011. Enjoy CW dx, SKCC events, learning digital modes and
building Elecraft kits.
Station consists of a K2, K3, p3, KPA500, OCF dipole, trap band vertcal, and a Mosley Mp 33.
Elmers: K4AVO, Pat; K3KO, Brian; KQ2P, Gary; KU4GW, Cliff (CW professor) and others along the way.
CU on the bands 73 de jim. es remember. "A complaining sailor is a happy sailor."