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W5MZM BIOGRAPHY (AND ANCIENT HISTORY)

Please call me by my middle name "ELLIS". The "J" that you see is the initial for my first name "James" which I do not prefer to use ---- THANKS!!

Originally licensed in Clarkton, NC as KN4JDC (NOVICE) on June 15, 1959 (exam given by my Elmer -- "ERNIE" -- W4ZZC now W4WH (Silent Key - February 2012), upgraded to K4JDC (CONDITIONAL) in February, 1960. Moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1963 and was mandated to change call sign because of FCC rules at the time. Since I already had a 1 X 3 call sign I was issued W5MZM as a random draw. I kept the call when I upgraded to ADVANCED in September, 1982 and have no reason or intent to upgrade to EXTRA as long as the FCC will allow the renewal of my ADVANCED license!!

Graduated from Whiteville High School--May 1960 (Whiteville, NC), Graduated from Gaston Technical Institute--March 1963 (Gastonia, NC) with an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Was recruited from Gaston Techical Institute by Sandia Corporation (now Sandia National Laboratories) and started to work for the Lab on April 8, 1963 as an electronics engineering technician in telemetry. Transferred in 1982 into the Safeguards and Security communications area. Transferred in 1991 into the Remote and Unattended Ground Sensor Satellite Communications Systems area. Worked up through the ranks to Principal Member of the Technical (PMTS) Staff/Engineer and Project Leader in satellite communications where I remained until retirement.

Retired June 10, 2004 (on my 62nd birthday) after completing 41+ years at Sandia National Laboratories.

Interests primarily remain in the HF world -- 75M, 40M, 20M, 15M, 17M, 12M, & 10M SSB. Currently running at home location: Primary Radio is ICOM IC-7800, ICOM-7600 (as primary spare), or ICOM -756 Pro III, or TEN-TEC Pegasus 550 XCVRS. HEIL PR-781 & PR-40, Shure SM 58, or ICOM SM-20 microphones used with W2IHY 8 Band EQ and EQplus units.  Primary antenna is the Fluid Motion 3 Element SteppIR Yagi (with passive 6M element) @ 50 Feet (Glenn Martin Aluminum Tower with HAZER) or Buckmaster 7 Band OCF Dipole. Amplifier is a Solid State Tokyo HI-POWER HL 1.5KFX, capable of 1 KW PEP output (used ONLY when necessary). RV Mobile station is ICOM IC-706 MKII G w/Tar Heel MT-200 screwdriver antenna and Turbo Tuner. Power/SWR Meter is Array Solutions POWER MASTER II. Antenna analyzer is RigExpert AA-230PRO (best test equipment I ever purchased!!).

XYL Donna is WB5GFC. Daughter Lori is KC5TOB and lives in Missouri City, TX

The latest addition to the home/fixed station (June 25, 2014) is a Wireless Microphone System consisting of a Plantronics CS361N Wireless Headset (unit is out of production but available from eBay or other sources) and an Interface Box designed and built by John (WB6DAX) that interfaces to my EQPlus Unit by W2IHY.  This system allows for "hands free "transceive operation.  Use PTT (foot switch or hand held switch) for local keying or VOX for true hands free operation for up to 200’ away from the transmitter/receiver.   Initial tests are going very well and I'm getting excellent audio reports (very close to the audio reports I receive when using the Heil PR 781).  The headset is full duplex at 1.9GHz with 64 bit encryption.  The mic windscreen addition was necessary when operating outdoors.  The headset is extremely useful when you are involved in a NET, or when longwinded transmissions are being made, or where a station is not copyable causing you to listen to “dead air”.   The system allows you to perform other useful tasks while remaining available to the NET.  Parts (including ear cushions and batteries for the headset) are still available for the CS361N from many sources easily found on the internet.  Components for the interface box are readily available.  Power is NOT required for the interface box.

See photos below:

CS361N System

 

 

CS361N Headset Only (with mic windscreen)

 

 

Radio Interface Box (design by WB6DAX)

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MAJOR STATION COMPONENTS

 

 

 

CLOSEUP VIEW OF
ICOM IC-7800 TRANSCEIVER, TOKYO HI-POWER HL 1.5KFX 1KW AMPLIFIER
W2IHY 8 BAND EQ AND EQplus, HEIL PR 781 MICROPHONE & i-MATE

 

 

 

3 ELEMENT STEPPIR @ 50 FEET WITH/HAZER & (144/440 Colinear complete with "cobwebs")

 

 

3 ELEMENT STEPPIR @ 50 FEET WITH/HAZER & (144/440 Colinear complete with "cobwebs")

 

 

"CODY" (15 YEAR OLD SHETLAND SHEEPDOG) HE WAS "THE STATION GUARD DOG" & HOUSE BOSS"!!!

CODY BECAME A "SILENT PAW" ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 but his BIG SPIRIT remains in the shack.

 

 

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