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The photo at the top of the page is N3JT and KE4PSV (Nina) at our local contest club (Potomac Valley Radio Club) Holiday Dinner. The photo with the tower is the QTH in Virginia. This is the primary station. We also have a QTH in Boynton Beach, Florida, that hosts an R9 vertical. This is shown in the other photo above, with the palm tree on the right. I often use the Virginia station from Florida using RemoteRig gear and an arrangment of network devices for rotator control.

I was first licensed in 1960 as K3MNJ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but moved to Northern Virginia in 1975 for a job with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). I had expected to go into patent law given I had an electrical engineering degree (and an MBA) and had taken a number of patent law courses. But when the FCC interviewed on campus needing somebody with my background I figured a year or two in Washington, DC wouldn't hurt me.

Interesting work and promotions led me to remain at the FCC for 22 years, followed by 5 years at a large Washington, DC law firm (Steptoe & Johnson LLP) doing telecom work. Now I am a telecom consultant specializing in FCC issues. When not working or on the air I find myself knee-deep in projects at home. Examples include a solar panel power back up system with six 250 Ah AGM batteries, a roof-water retrieval tank (1600 gallons) system, and a homebrew electric lawnmower that is powered (from the solar panel battery system) by the sun.

I tend to hang out on the HF CW bands with an occasional effort on SSB just to make sure the microphone is working, with a little RTTY thrown in from time to time. My peak contest success came in 1991 when I won the ARRL DX Contest from HK0/N3JT. I am active in the CW Operators' Club (CWops) and am a member of the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC).

The Virginia rig is a K3, KPA500, Skyhawk tribander at 24m, a Cushcraft 3-band WARC beam at 26m, a Cushcraft 2 ele 40m beam at 28m and LF dipoles. The Florida station is a K3 and Cushcraft R9 vertical, with an Ameritron AL-80B at the ready. I also have a K3 Mini in Florida that allows me to listen to myself transmit from Virginia - and even talk with myself if there is nobody around!  (No, not really!)

A new addition is an M2 5el beam on 6m attached to the chimney at the Virignia QTH, about 35 feet off the ground. This new activation on 6m follows a 45-year hiatus as measured from the time the bumper-mounted 6m halo antenna fell off my dad's car onto the street as we were driving.  My recollection is of people pointing toward the back of the car as we went by.  I kept the halo for many years as a momento for many years but it disappeared in the move to our current Virginia QTH on 2001.


Jim, N3JT


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