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(Top photo shows me at my new (2014) operating console)

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.

I enjoy collecting and restoring vintage rigs

Over the years, I have been interested in DXing, contesting, ragchewing  (most of my operating is on CW) -- 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 HF amplifiers are described in several editions of the Radio Handbook, edited by W6SAI (SK), and several of my projects appear in QST. 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. I QSL via LOTW or direct.

You can see pix of my station, workshop, vintage radio collection, and more of my homebrew projects at my website at http://www.w8zr.net

Thanks for visiting! --Jim W8ZR

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