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Thanks for looking me up.

If we had a QSO, thanks. Please QSL direct or via E-QSL.

I just obtained the E-WAS award and think E-QSL is cool. If you want to send aQSL use E-QSL.cc.Please do not QSL via ARRL buro as I have stopped sending them envelopes. If you can, use the postal service direct to the address listed above. .A SASE guarantees return. I will initiate sending a QSL card to hams who have made a first CW QSO with me or are relatively new to CW.

I'm Not into LoTw and don't expect to use this.

I started out around age 11 as a BC DXer when a family friend gave me an old AM table radio that was good enough to get distant stations at night. Later I visited a family that had a big Zenith console radio with short wave bands, the owner was happy to show me how it worked and while the old folks were talking and playing cards, I was becoming hooked by short wave radio. I begged and bugged my family until I got my own Hallicrafters S38d receiver for Christmas 1957. Soon I found the ham bands and decided that I wanted to be a ham. Study and code practice went on until '61 when I got Dean, K8ULU to give me a Novice exam.

In High school the grand old man was Rich, K8MEG who had his novice before I did, later I got some of my friends Interested and licensed including Jay Allen who originallly was WA8CAL in Michigan and is now VY1JA way up north in Yukon Territory, Canada,.... Jerry Fox, WA8HHH, (now W8BJF)and a few others who dropped out of ham radio.

I have taught ham radio at a local high school and in radio clubs. My greatest pleasure is when I run into one of my old students on the air and they say "thanks for getting me started". The next best is working a new ham on CW and getting a " thanks for taking the time to work with me"!

Over the years I have operated most modes and bands from 160Mup to 450 mhz...I Still keep going back to CW and QRP where I started .

Currently I am a member of ARRL, Ten-ten international and FISTS cw club and the SKCC straight key club. I operate on 160 thru 30M using my TS440S, I also still use my old TS520 and ocassionally a MFJ9030 or CUB QRP rig.

My latest addition to the shack is a Yaesu FT 990, it  arrived the day after XMAS 2013, It is a terriffic rig and I have been working some DX on 20M and higher frequency bands with this fine radio.

I send my CW with a MFJ Grandmaster or Hallicrafters HA-1 keyer, and my old Novice station J-38 straight key for QRS. Recently got a Vibroplex Champion Bug and enjoying making CW music with it.

When ten meters is open I operate SSB and FM with a RS HTX-10 and HY-Gain 3 element yagi.

Callsign history ;

My first callsign was WN8AFS in 1961, Upgraded to general in 1962, became WA8AFS, upgraded to Extra in 1974, changed call to K8JD in 1977.

Briefly in 1989 Changed to AA8HE (long story) and in 1990 went back to K8JD.

Starting in January of 2012 I am retired from 43 years in the radio service business and have more time to work on the old house and my Ham Radio and Astronomy hobbies.

My latest Radio adventure includes operating on 60M cw and 6M SSB. As of Nov 2013 I am active on CW on 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, and 20M And on SSB on 10 M with 25W and on 6M with 8 Watts with Yagi antennas on the roof. I managed to get through another summer without finishing my 17M antenna I have been planning for a few years.

As of Nov 2013 I have 39 states worked on 60M CW.

Grid squares are new to me and sometimes in the excitement of 6M DX I forget mine !

If you hear me on 6m, I am QRP with a little MFJ rig and a Yagi only up 25 Ft so please excuse my weak signal and say hello !

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K8JD
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KB5EBB 2016-07-22 40m CW FM18KS94 United States Phillip L Puzick
KA8GOV 2016-07-21 80m CW EM79wr United States CLIFFORD W STUMPFF jr
KB3VVE 2016-07-12 40m CW FN10jk United States EMILY J SALDANA
AB1YD 2016-07-11 40m CW FN41gu United States James W Lyons
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NM1I 2016-07-09 60m CW FN32UC20 United States HOWARD L BACON III
UX1LW 2016-06-14 30m CW KN89pe Ukraine Andriy V. Borovy
KC4AUV 2016-04-26 40m CW FM18kf United States Barbara E Stello
NB8F 2016-04-08 80m CW EN82ao United States ANDREW J HOLMAN
KD5CQX 2015-12-29 40m CW EM42og United States JOHN R CRAWFORD
KC2LRY 2015-12-27 40m CW FN32cs United States Kenneth E Nellis
KK4GFR 2015-12-21 80m CW EM67wj United States William J Kirk
KB3CVO 2015-12-15 30m CW FN10hi United States THOMAS A MILLER
WA4KXX 2015-11-25 160m CW EM73cw United States ROBERT C MAYNARD III
VA7JC 2015-11-15 17m CW CN89oc Canada Jonathan Leung

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Grid Squared Award#10180
Granted: 2015-12-27 20:20:02   (K8JD)

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