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My journey in Amateur Radio began in 1960, when I passed the Novice class license exam. My call sign was KN8WHB, which was changed to K8WHB when I upgraded to General class. Due to family moves, my call sign was changed to W9NXD in 1976 and to NJ8X in 1984. I received my current call sign in 1996 while living in Virginia.

Our family lived a few years in Honduras, where I operated as HR1DH, K8WHB/HR1, and W9NXD/HR/2. We also lived a year in Costa Rica, where I operated as W9NXD/TI2. Additionally, I have operated from the island of Roatan (Honduras) as HR9/K4EQ and from Vladimer, Russia, as NJ8X/UA3. After I retired in 2013, my wife and I moved to Union, Missouri, a small town west of St. Louis.

I enjoy QRP operation (5 watts or less) and am primarily a CW operator. My station includes an Elecraft K1 (4-bander), an Elecraft K2, a Kenwood TS-2000, and a few other QRP radios I've built. My only HF antenna is a Cushcraft R8 multiband vertical attached to the back deck of the house. The picture at the top of the page shows my K2 plus a couple of my newest QRP builds: a Bayou Jumper, a 5-watt 40-meter CW kit sold by the Four State QRP Group, and a Splinter II, a 500-milliwatt 40-meter CW kit sold by Breadboard Radio. I won the Splinter II as a door prize at the 2017 OzarkCon QRP convention in Branson.

Pictured below are three of my four keys. On the left is my Speed-X straight key. The Skillman semi-automatic key (bug) pictured in the center was a Christmas gift from my parents in 1960. I no longer use it, but it has remained in my shack all these years. The TP4 paddle pictured on the right was crafted by Larry Naumann, NØSA, in St. Louis and is number 037. I've had several paddles through the years, but this one is definitely my favorite. Unfortunately, Larry is no longer making these. I also have a Palm Mini Paddle that I use with my QRP radios when operating portable.

DXCC totals (worked/confirmed): Mixed - 305/305; CW - 292/292. Ham radio memberships include ARRL, FISTS, Four State QRP Group, Michigan QRP Club, NAQCC, and QRPARCI.

Check out my website at www.k4eq.net.


Speed-X                                        TP-4 by N0SA






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