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I was first licensed as KN5SCC in 1958 while I was living in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I picked up the K3JZD callsign whenever I moved back to the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area a few years later.

Over the years I have enjoyed such hobbies as Drag Racing (racing a 1955 Chevy Nomad); Sky Diving; Dirt Bikes (I'm a Honda 4 stroke fan) including some competition in Hare Scrambles and Enduros; computers (started with a KIM-1 and moved through an AIM-65 and a TRS-80 before giving in and moving over to the IBM PC systems; Woodworking (furniture, decks, porches, and assisting in building a compete house).  Nowdays, when the temperature is tolerable, I will most likely be out on some winding mountainous roads on my Harley big twin motorcycle.

I worked a long time in the Installation Engineering field, doing Electrical Drafting/Design/Project Management for various steel mill projects. I bridged over to the world of Computerized Process Control due to a fortunate opportunity where someone was needed that understood hard wired electrical stuff and also knew computers, which allowed me to work on a premier steelmaking project (the time spent "playing with" the little hobby computers at home gave me enough knowledge to cross that bridge).  After that, I called myself a Systems Analyst, and worked on supervisory control systems for many more steel mill projects.  Later, I worked as a Consultant for a while, working on the cooling system controls for a new nuclear power plant, and doing a live upgrade to a steel mill process control system.  Then I settled into testing Central Traffic Control Systems for Rail Based Public Transit Systems for 13 years. I worked at Philips Respironics, testing new designs for Sleep & Home Respiratory Products which are used for Sleep Apnea and various other breathing support needs for 5 years. That was quite an interesting change of pace.

Retired in 2014.   Starting to handle this new role pretty well now.  I have taken an interest in CW QRP and QRPp operation using Softrock RXTX SDR Transceivers (although that is requiring some remedial CW training), and I have done some RTTY.  I have also been trying out some of the other digital modes, which I'm finding some have different kinds of challenges.  And I'm doing some homebrewed Arduino, RaspberryPi, and Synapse based projects.

Latest interest is in doing portable operations using QRP CW.   Have been setting up in local parks, did a couple of National Parks on the Air activations in 2016, and I am now doing Summits on the Air (SOTA) Activations and Chasing.  There are lots of different things to do in this hobby.


Rev: K3JZD - Mon Jun 15 6:18:11 2009 EUC: K3JZD .RP1SKBBX1UXA-48306-3 joe@nelis.net

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World Continents Award#16592
Granted: 2017-02-07 02:36:02   (K3JZD)

United States Counties Award#4610
Granted: 2016-09-15 00:16:02   (K3JZD)

  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#10875
Granted: 2016-03-08 03:05:02   (K3JZD)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
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