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Hi, thanks for stopping by. Good to see you.

Many moons ago as a 16 yr old high school student I got my novice ticket then shortly upgraded to technician (WA9WPQ).  After building a Knight T-60 transmitter kit and rounding up a very used Knight R-100 receiver and a banged up Heath-kit Twoer, "The Ultimate Station" was born. :-)

After somehow getting the rock bound T-60 working (novices couldn't use a VFO) and stringing a home- made dipole between the trees, a faint, undulating signal made it above the noise. Another novice in Pensacola, Florida was replying to my CW CQ. All the way from Florida to Chicago! Magical. I'm sure you've been there.

Soon college, marriage, career, grad school, and family came along and I went QRT for 4 decades. Along that strange journey earned a private pilot's license, 2 Master's Degrees, wrote 3 technical books (2 of them published by Microsoft and each translated into 5 foreign languages), spent a year physically building a house, and started a software company among other things.

In December 2012 I rediscovered Amateur radio and am now exploring all of the relatively newer facets of the hobby (i.e., the digital stuff). 

I've been working with PSK31, JT65-HF, JT-9, APRS, EchoLink on Android, and CW as well as 2 meters / 440 in the Jeep - and have also been poking around ROS. I hope to contact you on many bands in many modes.

Logs sent to eQSL(AG), HRDLOG, and LOTW.  

Below is me and my two sons. My younger son (on the left) recently got married so we snapped his last free moments.

Thanks for reading and hope to speak with you soon.

73 de John

SKCC # 11773

A cold day in Wisconsin w/ Paul (KB9ILT) showing me the ins and outs of SOTA.

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