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August 2015 UPDATE: The K8M special event honoring St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe is now over. More than 200 contacts were made including at least two from Poland, and 12 counties combined. QSL cards were printed about a month ago, and are being mailed out during the next week. Many thanks to all who participated, as I heard some very heart warming comments. Will do this again in 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of his death. Please stayed tuned.​ 

March 2015 UPDATE: If you contacted KJ8O during the CQ WPF Contest on March 28/29, 2015, please send QSL requests to Paul Newberry N4PN, 125 Summerfield Dr., Macon, GA 31210, USA. Please send SAE/POSTAGE--DX- $ or IRC for direct QSL. (eQSLs  will be confirmed once I can get the Macon Georgia location entered into my account.)


=== You can check to see if you are in my logbook (QSO may take up to 30 days to appear).


My interest in radio goes back to when I was about 10 years old, when my mom had this 5 tube table top radio in her kitchen that could only receive three local stations. One day while experimenting with it, I managed to log a new station and got all excited. Other radio milestones include Christmas 1964 when receiving a transistor radio from "Santa Claus", summer 1967 when Dad brought home a portable solid state AM/SW/FM receiver, and February 1968 when earning my first QSL card from shortwave broadcast station CFRX in Toronto. Now, over 40 years later, I have over 400 stations logged on MW, over 160 on FM, over 200 on longwave, and over 100 countries (57 verified) on SW.

I became an Extra Class op on April 30, 2007 and I would like to publicly thank all the Elmers who have helped me along my way, either through their technical expertise or their words of encouragement: AB8XF, K2FO (SK), K4BRU, KC8HMJ, AK8I, KD8DLV, N1LF, VE3KXO, and my late uncle, Conrad Bappert - an electrical engineer - with whom I could discuss antennas. Special thanks also goes to W1RV who rekindled my interest in amateur radio several years before taking that first step.

The picture above includes myself (l) and my cousin Martin Foltz (r) a noted SWL listener.

My affiliations:

Amateur radio activities:

  • 2, 6, 10, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40 & 80 meters
  • special event stations
  • DX contests, especially RTTY
  • state QSO parties
  • county hunting (1,736 as of 7/1/14)
  • good old-fashioned rag chews
  • digital modes: PSK31, RTTY, Hellschreiber, others on request
  • working portable whenever I can
  • non-directional beacons (198-429 kHz) if you are interested in this mode, pse call my friend and elmer AA7U)

QSL information:

  • Direct: I respond 100% to paper cards. SASE is appreciated but not necessary.
  • DX: BURO (DX stations:if you send direct, I will return direct, no return postage required)
  • LOTW
  • DCL (through the LOTW and/or eQSL interfaces)
  • eQSL
  • QRZ

Equipment (HF):

  • Icom 7410, includes a built-in digital interface
  • LDG AT-7000 autotuner
  • Hustler 5BTV antenna, ground mounted with 32 radials
  • Heil ICM Microphone or Heil Headset
  • Samlex SEC 1235M Power Supply
  • Sony CFM-25 portable radio converted to an external speaker
  • (the 5 inch 4 ohm speaker really does sound good!!!)

Equipment (VHF):

  • Kenwood TM271A
  • Jetstream JTB 2 antenna approx 30' in height
  • Jetstream JTSP7 external speaker

Equipment (mobile):

  • Yaesu FT-2800M with Jetstream JTSP7 external speaker
  • Yaesu VX-170
  • Generic 1/4 wave magnet mount antenna

Listening post for LW, MW, SW, FM, VHF monitoring:

  • Sony ICF-2010 with Radio Shack Loop Antenna
  • Grundig Satellit 800 Millenium
  • Realistic DX-160 (used occasionally)


  • DXCC #44396 Mixed, December 2010 and 10, 15, 20, 40 meter endorsements
  • DXCC #2918 Digital, November 2011
  • 5BWAS #3300 June 2015
  • WAS RTTY #888 January 2011, and 40 meter endorsement
  • CQ WPX Digital #51 January 2011


Radio Television Experimenter, August-September 1969

Closing comments:

Many thanks and a big 73 to all who have sent their QSLs, uploaded into Logbook of the World and/or eQSL.

My family includes my wife Irene, daughter Monica, our granddog Cali. Our very spoiled cat, Sammy, passed away in February 2009 but his memory lives on. He is pictured at http://www.universal-radio.com/catdir/cuscat47.html .

I graduated from Michigan State University W8SH, and with a Masters from Colorado Technical University, and am registered as a Certified Public Accountant, where I work in healthcare finance.


Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life. (Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, 15 May 1891)

Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it." (Ronald Reagan)

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KJ8O
Latest Contacts for KJ8O at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KK4III 2016-04-10 20M SSB EL96ut United States Paul
W4S 2016-04-10 20M SSB EM95na United States Sun n' Fun 2016
WA4EQW 2016-04-10 40M PSK31 EL96am United States Pat
N5BL 2016-04-10 20M SSB DM62pj United States Dave
4V1TL 2016-04-10 40M SSB FK38tx Haiti Radio
W5RDL 2016-04-09 20M SSB DM72tp United States Rix
N3MRA/M 2016-04-09 20M SSB DM64nb United States Seth
K5OUR 2016-04-09 20M SSB DM64pp United States Charlie
WG4K 2016-04-09 20M SSB EL96eo United States Dave
OM7M 2016-04-09 20M SSB JN98ep Slovak Republic Radioklub KAPA
AG5S 2016-04-09 20M PSK31 DM75ar United States Al
KM5YX 2016-04-09 20M PSK31 EM10be United States Larry
EB3JT 2016-04-09 20M PSK31 JN01ui Spain Jordi
WB5GWH 2016-04-09 20M PSK31 DM64nb United States Jim
K5LRW 2016-04-09 20M PSK31 DM72av United States ALAMOGORDO AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

Book Totals: 37275 qso's   5788 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

DX World Award#2780
Granted: 2015-10-31 17:07:26   (KJ8O)

Grid Squared Award#1750
Granted: 2015-02-01 19:48:44   (KJ8O)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
United States Award#120
Granted: 2015-01-20 06:17:31   (KJ8O)

World Continents Award#919
Granted: 2015-01-19 03:54:38   (KJ8O)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
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