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I'm a retired publishing and communication executive who has elected to "re-wire" rather than retire and to do so through a career encore as a freelance writer. My hobby is amateur radio, where I began my writing and publishing career.


  • Elecraft K3/100 on HF/6 meters
  • Icom IC-910H for 2m and 70cm


  • Cushcraft MA6V at 20 feet for 20 to 6 meters
  • InnovAntennas 3-element LFA Yagi for 6 meters
  • Par Electronics Omniangles for 2m and 70cm
  • 2m 6 element and 70cm 11 element cheap yagis (designed by WA5VJB)


  • CW and RTTY HF contests
  • VHF/UHF weak signal grid chasing and contesting
  • Satellite QSOs

Blog Writing


My other passion is Scouting. I've been fortunate to connect my career and ham radio to Scouting. I retired in 2013 after twenty-one years at the Boy Scouts' National HQ working in publishing and communications.

I continue in volunteer roles as Chairman of the National Radio Scouting Committee, National Jamboree on the Air Organizer, and as a member of the World JOTA-JOTI Team. Finally, I'm President of the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. Check out their website at www.K2BSA.net

Deeper Background

If you're interested in learning more about my background, I've had the pleasure of chatting with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, as part of his weekly conversations with leaders in the hobby of amateur radio at his website QSO Today. You can hear the full podcast at Episode 64 – Jim Wilson – K5ND.

Check out the rest of the interviews with an incredible list of those who have made a true impact on amateur radio and how they got their start.

Thanks to all who've worked me by digging my signal out of the QRN/QRM and overcoming my operating foibles.

73 and 55 to all,

Jim, K5ND




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