Dennis Allen Sokol W0JX/8
My hometown was Chicago, Illinois and my fascination with radio began in grade school at the age of 10 by listening to hams on 160 AM on an old Zenith console radio. I learned the code at Allied Radio on Western Avenue and earned my Novice ticket, KN9QNC, in January, 1959. My General class ticket came in 1960 and Extra in 1963. After college, I moved to Minneapolis in 1974 and picked up a new call, WB0WWR, followed by W0JX in 1977. Other calls I've held include WB9AVU, G5CLR, GM5CLR, and GW5CLR.
In 1982, I relocated to South Dakota and operated there for 16 years. In February,1998, I moved to Sandusky, Ohio to serve as President and CEO of Firelands Community Hospital. In 2001, we purchased the other hospital in town and created Firelands Regional Medical Center, a 350 bed hospital system. In September, 2003, I was offered a great opportunity to take early retirement, so for five years, I had plenty of time to provide volunteer service in health care management to the community, as well as pursuing my favorite hobbies of amateur radio and flying. When the weather is nice, I'm out flying my 1956 Cessna 180 taildragger.
96Alpha Taxiing for takeoff at Beach City, Ohio fly-in breakfast
In August, 2008, I got a bit bored and went back to work fulltime teaching health care management at the University of Toledo. I decided to redirect my energies in December, 2013 and became officially "unemployed" so I could do whatever I want whenever I want!
My favorite Bands and Modes are: 160 CW, the WARC bands, and 6 meters. TX/RX: Elecraft K-3, Yaesu FT-1000MP MK V Field, Kenwood TS-850, Viking Valiant for AM on 160,80, and 40, and an ICOM 706 MKIIG for 2 and 440. For mobile CW, I use a Kenwood TS-480HX and Hustler whips.
AMPS include an Ameritron AL-800H for 160-10, Heath SB-220, a modified BTI LK-2000 (8877) for 160, a modified SB-200 for 6 meters, and a Collins 30S-1 for 80/40 AM.
We live on a 2 1/2 acre lot so there is room for antennas! They are: TX antennas - 80 FT (24m) shunt fed tower with HyGain TH11DX beam for 160, and 20 through 10 meters; Half-wave vertical dipole for 40 meters; quarter wave elevated wire verticals for 80, 60, and 30 meters, and a 5 el yagi for 6 meters. RX antennas include a HiZ 4 Square RX array, two beverage RX antennas for 160, 80, 40, and 30, and a DUAL FLAG endfire phased loop antenna for 160 and 80. You can never have too many antennas for Topband!
And it isn't all toys. We have 13 grandkids who keep us in negative cash flow!!
Grand Dad Dennis with Andy, Olivia, Erin, and Emily
Member of Twin City DX Association since 1981, 10-10 #10500, NAQCC #6440, and FOC 2032
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