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Amateur Radio is the best !! I have met many wonderful people both locally and across the world. I Enjoy HF - CW/Digital (some ssb) DX'ing and casual qso's. Member of the Southwest Ohio DX Association - SWODXA, who awarded me the "2014 W8OK DXer of the Year" Award. What an honor to be chosen. I serve as SWODXA's DX Grant Committee Chairman. Other "groups" are: BCARA, DARA, FISTS, CFMC, NAQCC #7341 and ARRL. ENJOY and SUPPORT SEDCO (W4DXCC).

Unless a DXpedition is on the air, my stateside and DX contacts are QRP (5w or less) - which is so much fun! - using: a Yaesu FT817ND, Ten Tec R4020, Century 21, Century 22 , or Rockmite(20M), and P2jr (K8RA) paddle key. Thanks very much for your qso. Im amazed you heard me!! ....visit my qrp blog at: www.cincinnatiqrp.blogspot.com I use a solar panel, batteries and a charge controller to power the QRP station some of the time. QRO operation is with an Icom 756 proII, and an Amp Supply LK 500 ZB amplifier.

I became an amateur radio operator in 1989. Soon after vanity calls were granted, I requested W8KJ. The call was originally issued to Irving Davis in Detroit, MI who held the call prior to 1952. I have one of his old qsl cards which is a dear treasure to me.

Antennas: A monoband vertical with 38 radials, low 40m dipole @ 22 ft. , or an 8 element Tennadyne LPDA @ 60 ft. which covers 10 thru 20 meters. Portable antennas are: a homebrew end fed, an LNR EFT, homemade Black Widow vertical, or a 40 ' spiderbeam telescopic mast/pole.

My son KD8JRS, went to PJ2 Curacoa with YDXA 2014. He (and I) were chosen to go on a DX Adventure to Costa Rica with the YOUTH DX ADVENTURE team in 2010. It was a wonderful experience. My call during that trip was TI5/W8KJ.

I have a very small collection of old keys: bugs, paddles, straights, etc. (....facinating tools of communication....)

Traditional QSL's are preferred. If you need confirmation just let me know. Im happy to get a card out to you.

Please support and follow the DX Code of Conduct.... http://dx-code.org

Locally, I serve as an officer in the BCARA. Its a group of mostly new hams, with 3 repeaters, and great fun.  see www.bcara.net

Other interests include, casual bike riding, handguns / target shooting.

Lord, grant us some sunspots, we will use all we can get !

72/73 Gud DX'


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