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First licensed as KN8RMO in Champion, OH in 1960. Received General license K8RMO in 1961. Moved to CA in 1970 and received W6NRJ, a SK's call. Giving up on a return to the West Coast, in 2011 received W3NRJ for MD on the East Coast. 

I use "all wires" in my back yard (garden) antenna farm. Antenna "A" is my best performer.  It is a 160 meter (540') almost-square Loop Skywire about 14 meters high. Antenna "B" is a 300' (91.5 meters) square loop for 20-10 meter bands.  Antenna "C" is one of two 72'  Lazy Hs. beaming NW/ SW or NW/SE which are also used  when operating 20-10 meters.  In winter I operate 80 with 5/8 wavelength phased ground-fed slopers over trees as antenna "B" or use the 540"Loop Skywire.  This combination also works well on 160 meters.  (See the pictures of my antenna farm.)

I am indebted to my Elmer, W8RZK, Joe, (SK) for his many hours of patient instruction and practical advice during my pre-Novice and Novice/early General days when I was in high school. His time investment with me during many evenings in his basement shack lead to a wonderful life-long hobby and a technical industry career.   Joe "Elmer-ed" numerous young hams in my community.  All were amazed to watch Joe climb his tower to work on his Cubical Quad.  

I am now retired after 31 years in high technology businesses, and, previous to that, a couple years in Broadcasting, 

Beyond ham radio I enjoy gardening, time sharing, cruising, and the company of my XYL and grown up kids. My ham hours are spent experimenting with wire antennas. casual contesting for PVRC, and chasing HF DX as I approach my goal of 300 "countries" worked and confirmed--all with wires. Along with long-time ham friend, N6KD, I have enjoyed DXPedtion holidays to the Caribbean, operating as PJ2/W6NRJ, KP2/W6NRJ, and ZF2LJ.

TNX for reading, and CU on the bands... 73, Jim W3NRJ

P.S. Below is my "all wires" antenna farm and my 1962 nostalgia station with my Hallicrafters used in high school.


one 44' pole plus trees support the 540' loop

One pole plus several trees support the 540' Loop Skywire

W3NRJ Antenna Farm in Winter...note feed lines and pulley ropes


My nostalgia station from 1962...Hallicrafters S108 with Heath Q Multiplier and Ameco preamp,..Heath HX20 using 6146

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