Hello and thanks for your interest. I'm Jim, W3QY, but my ham life started in 1965�at age 13 when I became WN3EJJ, back in my hometown of Pottstown, Pa. It was during that time I developed my love for CW and DX. By the end of my Novice year, I had worked all states except KH6 and had 45 DXCC countries in my logbook. That was done with a Knight-Kit T60 and R-55A receiver, at least until for my 14th birthday my grandmother bought me a used Hallicrafters SX-99 and matching R-46 speaker (which I wished I still had). My antennas were the well advertised Gotham vertical and a combination of dipoles and a Rube Goldberg dipole in the shape of a diamond that allowed me to work my first VK. Actually, my first ever QSO was with a VE3 so DXing became a part of my life. After my Novice license expired I waited a short time to get my General license as WA3INA and then upgraded to Advanced around 1977 before going before the FCC examiner in 1983 and passing my Extra exam and becoming KO3Q. Almost 20 years later I decided to pick up a vanity call so W3QY became my call.
Over the years my stations have changed but currently run an FT-2000 to an Ameritron AL-80B amp which feeds either a 2 el .5 band Lightning Bolt quad at 42 feet or for the lowbands I use a Gap Voyager. 30m is simply a dipole. My backup rig is an FT-1000MP which I think gives the FT-2000 a run for the money. For the "magic band" I only have a 3 el. Cushcraft yagi at about 30 feet.
I currently stand at 353 DXCC worked and confirmed, including that rare and elusive card from P5 land (thanks 4L4FN)�as well as BS7 Scarborough Reef. As I travel for business my DX'ing has had to sometimes put on holdbut the other side of the coin is that I have weeks where travel is local and my home office doubles as my shack so I can sit and work with the rig ready to go. Currently there is not an "entity" that I need so my time is mostly spent doing band fills or modes. Certainly over the years I've seen DX'ing change (mostly for the worst, sorry to say) but I love getting into the pileups and mixing it up with the rest of the world. I dipped into 6m a few years ago and have about 40 DXCC entities confirmed on 6m.
I work in the consumer�electronics industry, currently servicing the military exchanges of all military branches. I'm looking to retire in 3 years and then�I'll get down to some serious DX'ing (hi hi)
One last thing.I've never applied for my DXCC so you won't find my name on the�list of the DXCC Honor Roll. Perhaps it's enough for me that I have the QSL�cards and know what I've worked.�Maybe at some time when I'm passing ARRL HQ at Newington I may hand carry the cards in
VY 73! C U in the pileups!
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