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, BCARA, INDEXA, DARA, FISTS, CFMC,and ARRL. ENJOY and SUPPORT SEDCO (W4DXCC).
Most all stateside and DX contacts are QRP (5w or less) - which is so much fun!- using:a Yaesu FT817ND, Ten Tec R4020 or Century 21, 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.
I have recently been invited to join a top shelf group of operators who are milliwatt dxcc. yes - working 100 countries using 1/2 watt! I call myself a "half watt ham".
I became an amateur radio operator in 1989. Soon after vanity calls were granted, 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 are :HF2V * monoband * inverted L - vertical with 38 radials,low 40m dipole, or a 8 element Tennadyne LPDA @ 60 ft. which covers 10 thru 20 meters. Portable, I use a homebrew end fed, homemade Black Widow vertical, or a 40 ' spiderbeam telescopic mast/pole.(these spiderbeam products are nice) I recently obtained an LNR 10/20/40 EFT. It will be used portable starting sometime this spring.
July 2010 my son KD8JRS and I were chosen to go on a DX Adventure to Costa Rica with the YOUTH DX ADVENTURE team. 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 (cards) 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. We have E-Comm training, projects and activities at every meeting! 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 !
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