First licensed in 1956, at the age of 13, as KN2CJD. Up graded to Technician class in 1957 and was active on 6 & 2 meters. Was a member of the Splitrock ARC until I went to college in 1961. Became inactive for the most part until the spring of 1969 when I upgraded to the Advanced Class while still in gradute school in Philadelphia. After grad school, I moved back to NJ and completed my speciality training in 1974. While teaching full time at UMDNJ, I upgraded once again to earn my Extra, the "old fashioned way" in 1975. Two or three years later, the FCC offered a chance to "pick your call" from the database for Extra Class licencees. At the same time the FCC opened the old navy prefix letter "N". Since the "N" prefix was never assigned to any Radio Amateur, I applied for N2IS and was issued that call. At that time, it was not considered a "vanity call" and that holds true to present time.
In 1980, I moved to a single family dwelling and erected a 70 foot crank-up rotating pole from US Tower. Ham radio never would be the same again. A small christmas tree went up along with some 2 meter equipment and from that date until 1984, 304 DXCC entities were worked and confirmed. I think that I am the only Ham that ever applied for DXCC with over 300 countries worked and confirmed.
Unfortunately, shortly there after I had to interrupt my active status due to a number professional and personal demands. My inactiviity ended in October of 2000 while recovering from a serious medical problem. To pass the time during my recovery, I was able to reactivate N2IS, sans the tower and "christmas tree". My real activiity really got a boost in 2005 when I retired and was able to spend the time I had always wished for participating in the hobby that I have been apart of for the last 55+ years.
Now that I am back chasing DX and able to spend more time on the air, I am trying to get my operating skills to a level never before achieved except during that four year period for 1980 to 1984. What suffered the most? CW, without thinking twice.
Currently, I am pursuing the proccess of trying to upgrade my antenna farm from the simple dipole that I am currently using to something with a little more height and directivity. Will keep everyone posted as the situation progresses.
Member: North Jersey DX Association: Letter "B" Manager Contact: "letter-b(at)njdxa.org"
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