In the late 60’s I got a Novice ticket, WN5AMJ, and enjoyed working CW from my old Heathkit DX-60 transmitter and HR-10 receiver, with an Inverted-V up about 20’. Now 40 plus years later my wife Linda suggested I get back into ham radio, as we were planning my upcoming retirement. I did and got my General Classon 1-12-2010, KF5ENB. Changed the call on 2-12-2010 to W5JDF. On May 25, 2010, I passed the test for my Amateur Extra Class license, and received it on June 1, 2010.
The station here in Texas is a pair of Kenwood TS-590S transceivers, with an Ameritron AL-811H and AL-811, respectively. I use a Behringer XM8500 mic, with homebrew footswitch and a Mic Boom. I also have a Kenwood TS-2000 for VHF/UHF and HF digital operations. I use an Icom IC-706MKIIG for HF/VHF/UHF mobile with hamsticks and a dual-band antenna. We have eight antennas at the home QTH, four are home made, includinga160M Inverted L up in a pecan tree, an OCF Inverted-V at 36' (for 80,40,20,17, and 10M), another OCF Inverted V at 32' (for 60,30,15, and 12M), and a K9AY receiving loop. We have a K4KIO Hex Beam (6-Band 20-6M) at 37', a Blue Star 4 element 6 meter Beam at 26' and a M2 2M7 2M SSB seven element beam at 30'. Rounding off the antenna farm is an Comet GP-3 2M/440 collinear antenna (on one of the roof peaks). The station works great! We have worked all 50 states on five bands, multiple times on some of the five (still working on 160M & 10M). I received my mixed phone DXCC award in July of 2011 (all on LOTW), 20M DXCC in November, 2013. We have worked 220 countries (180 confirmed) as of late November, 2013.
I started the New Year of 2013 with a step back into the past. When I was a young Novice I would page through the Heathkit catalogue and dream of getting a Heathkit SB Series station. Well it took 42 years but for the New Year I added a Heathkit SB-102, with SB-600 Speaker & power supply, an SB-200, and a Heathkit Desk Mic. The station needed considerable work and TLC to get it all working as it should, but is now up and running, back on the air, and working great!
I am a member of ARRL, the 3905 Century Club and the OM International Sideband Society (OMISS).
My first passion is playing guitar. My wife and I played in a family classic rock band for 15 years until October 2009 when the band retired. I still enjoy playing on my own. I enjoy talking about ham radio,antennas, music, and guitars, etc.
I am retired from the Texas Department of State Health Services (after 28 years), where I ran a 78 bed long-term inpatient treatment facility for adolescents with mental illness and substance abuse issues for my last 19 years. I loved working with my kids, working with about 3800 in my career! I retired on March 31, 2011. However, I do work part-time as an Adjunct Instructor for Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas enjoying this position since 1988. Now I devote the rest of my time to my career as a Honey Do'er for the XYL and being a HAM.
I also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 1981 (Security Police-Law Enforcement Specialist, Law Enforcement Academy Instructor, and Special Agent-AFOSI).
We will QSL no SASE or anything necessary. We are also on eQSL, Century Club, OMISS, ARRL Buros, and LOTW. Hope to work you soon or again. 73’s.
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