Thanks for taking the time to look me up! I'm guessing we made a contact and you're checking to find out more about me.
My name is Jim Studer (AK4I) and have been a ham since March of 2004. I was born in Northern Kentucky in 1951, moved to Tampa, Florida in 1974 with my new wife Liz (W4EWS) after graduation from college, and after 11 years in 1985 moved to Marietta, Georgia. I acquired the AK4I call in April of 2007. Prior to me it belonged to a ham in Fayetteville, Georgia so if you hear me call don't automatically assume that we've worked before!
I'm a civil engineer with an engineering firm in Kennesaw, Georgia. This year marked Liz's and my 41st anniversary and 30 years in Marietta. We are planning to retire to property that we own on a mountain northwest of Chattanooga in about 4 years. (It's a great spot for a DX station!) We've completed building a 40 by 60 foot (12.2 x 18.3 meters) metal building and are almost finished building an apartment in this building. Only the kitchen cabinets left to go which we hope to complete in February or March of this year. I have two children: Eric, who is married to Ann Marie and lives in Duvall, Washington, and is a senior producer working for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington; and Mary who lives in Kennesaw, Georgia with her husband Chris (my shooting buddy), and their daughter Emma and son Johnathan James (JJ). Besides the humans, our house is populated with a Labrador Retriever named "CW" and a Dachshund puppy named "Reagan".
My shack includes a FTDX-5000, Palstar HF-Auto, Ameritron AL-80B, and misc other equipment. Outside I have a tower at ground surface elevation 1250 feet, extending to 69.5 feet, to meet county zoning requirements. However, I have a 12-foot mast extending above that that has a stacked Cushcraft X740 and A3WS and a separate Cushcraft A50-5s on its own mast and rotor off to the side. There's also a 2-meter/440MHz omni directional vertical on the tower as well This gives me coverage from 40 meters to 440MHz. 160 and 80 meters are covered by wire antennas.
I enjoy chasing DX and have worked 262 countries and confirmed 260 so if you get a QSL card from me I'd really appreciate it if you'd take a minute or two to send me one of yours back. I also participate in a number of phone, CW, and RTTY contests each year so maybe I'll run into you there. I respond to all QSLs 100%. It may take me a while but I will respond. I'll respond to direct QSLs; I'm good in the bureau; and I upload my log to Logbook of The World and eQSL on a periodic basis (Typically shortly after contests and sometimes in between). I'm current as of 22 May 2015. My previous calls were KI4EST and KI4ET. Contacts made with these calls are also uploaded.
Good DXing and 73,
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