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​I'm a retired publishing and communication executive who has elected to "re-wire" rather than retire and to do so through a "career encore" as a freelance writer. 

My hobby is amateur radio, where I began my writing and publishing career. I worked first as a freelancer with Wayne Green, W2NSD, at 73 Magazine, and then full-time at Heathkit, writing their General Class Amateur Radio License Homestudy Course, several others, and eventually leading their educational product line. 


  • VHF-UHF contests
  • 6 Meter grid chasing
  • Satellite QSOs



My other passion is Scouting. I've been fortunate to connect my career and ham radio to Scouting. I retired in 2013 after twenty-one years at the Boy Scouts of America's National Office working in publishing and communications.

I continue in volunteer roles as Chairman of the National Radio Scouting Committee, National Jamboree on the Air Organizer, and as a member of the World JOTA-JOTI Team. Finally, I'm President of the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. Check out their website at www.K2BSA.net

Deeper Background

If you're interested in learning more about my background, I've had the pleasure of chatting with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, as part of his weekly conversations with leaders in the hobby of amateur radio at his website QSO Today. You can hear the full podcast at Episode 64 – Jim Wilson – K5ND.

Check out the rest of the interviews with an incredible list of those who have made an impact on amateur radio and how they got their start.

Thanks to all who've worked me by digging my signal out of the QRN/QRM and overcoming my operating foibles.

73 and 55 (best success) to all,

Jim, K5ND




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