(Top photo shows my 4 element SteppIR yagi, backlighted by a Santa Fe sunset. The tower is a 70' Tashjian "SkyNeedle")
I was licensed in 1955 as W0ZKE. In 1969, I operated in Cambridge, UK with a G5 (guest) ticket, and then moved to Ohio in 1970. I passed my Extra exam in 1970 and was licensed as W8KFL. In 1977, I acquired my present callsign of W8ZR.
Here I am at my main operating desk
Over the years, I have been interested in DXing, contesting -- all on the HF bands -- but my. primary interest has been in homebrewing. I've built numerous rigs, amplifiers, etc., over the years. A receiver and two 8877 amplifiers are described in several editions of the Radio Handbook, edited by W6SAI. I also am interested in collecting and restoring vintage rigs, and have written several articles on them in Electric Radio.
I spend most of my time at my workbench!
Here are three of my homebrew projects published in QST, for which I made kits available for builders. (Only StationPro kits are currently available.):
Build your own StationPro and control all your rigs and amplifiers. Click HERE for details.
Professionally, I worked from 1970-96 as a professor of physics at Ohio State University, where I also served in various administrative positions. In August 1996, I became president of Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. After ten years in that position, I pulled up stakes, packed up all my ham gear and moved to Santa Fe, NM, where at last I have plenty of room for my dream antenna farm.
You can see pix of my station, workshop, vintage radio collection, and homebrew projects at my website at http://www.w8zr.net
Thanks for visiting! --Jim W8ZR
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