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One of the things I enjoy about ham radio is how easily I can blend it in with other activities. Ham radio goes with me on backpacking-fishing trips into the Rocky Mountains and on hunting trips in my home state of Kansas. I may carry a Heathkit HW-9  or Ten Tec R4040 QRP rig on fall backpacking trips into Montana, Wyoming or Utah (see QST, April 94, p21). In the winter I may pull an Alinco DX-70 HF mobile radio on a sled into the wilderness of Colorado on my annual snowshoe-backpacking trips. Or I may even operate from an igloo (see QST, March 99, p28). A faithful companion to me is Brody, my packdog. He carries a lightweight G5RV antenna and the battery for the QRP rig!

From our weekend-getaway cabin in north central Kansas I’ll operate a 100w rig into an 80m dipole fed with ladder line—if I’m not out hunting pheasant or deer that is. Or you may even catch me in the mobile or from the home station in Gardner KS--most likley on CW. On VHF/UHF, 222 MHz is my favorite band and I have my own repeater on that band.

Once a year I step back into the 1860s and operate a ham radio station disguised as an old telegraph office during the Hollenberg Pony Express Station's annual festival. The Hollenberg Station (located near Hanover KS) is thought to be the only restored Pony Express station in the nation that is still on its original foundation. And all year long I’m active in the Johnson County Kansas ARES group and the Kansas SATERN organization. The experiences I gain through my outdoor amateur radio adventures helps me to be able to blend amateur radio into the needs of local agencies in times of disaster.

I've been licenesed since 1973, initally holding a novice call of WN0KRX, then WB0KRX. In 1996 I received my K0NK call. An electrical engineer by profession, I work for Honeywell International and am involved in the design and application of HF SSB equipment for aircraft. You might work me operating our club station at work, K0ASA. Sometimes it gets a little difficult to tell where my work stops and my hobby begins!

73 Jim K0NK

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