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Glad to QSL for IOTA NA-058, grid EM91 and/or Glynn County Georgia. I upload to LoTW on a daily basis. QSLs direct or via buro will be responded to as quickly as possible. I work mostly CW (>98% of QSOs), some SSB, and I've been working PSK31 since Dec 2009, and JT65 on HF since Jan 2011.  I will be happy to make skeds if you need a QSL.

I was first licensed in 1958 as KN9MOA as a Novice, upgraded to Technician in 1958 as K9MOA, and upgraded to General in 1959. In 1966 I moved to Ohio and was issued W8HST.  I upgraded to Advanced (1972) and then Extra Class (1973) at the FCC Field Office in Detroit. Taking the Extra Class exam was interesting since you had to send 20 wpm code for one minute. I had no sooner started when the examiner stopped me and said I passed. Another fellow who followed me flunked the sending test for his General Class license and had to go home. The examiner asked him if he had ever sent code before; and the fellow said "No, he had never used any kind of handkey before." His first time was in the Detroit office. It was pretty obvious, too. His hand was coming off the key about 6 inches as he pounded the hand key. Terrible technique. Too bad he had to go home without even having a chance to take the written exam.  In 1977 I traded the W8HST call in for K8CQ when Extra Class licensees could apply for 2-letter calls of their choice.

In 1966 I graduated from Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman) with a BS in physics.  In 1971, I received a MSE from the University of Michigan in engineering mechanics.  I worked for 40 years in a variety of engineering jobs in three different industries:  tire development and manufacturing research, silicon wafer manufacturing, and disposable contact lens manufacturing and quality engineering.  During the last twenty years I concentrated on quality engineering and process improvement.  At one point I was responsible for the statistical methods implementation and use within thirteen different manufacturing facilities in the USA and Canada.  I was very active in the American Society for Quality and served on the ASQ Board of Directors and was the Regional Director for region 15.  In 2003 I was honored as a Fellow in ASQ.  While living in Missouri, I taught part time at Lindenwood University teaching statistics, math, and calculus based physics.  It was a great 40 years.

I operate from our retirement home on St. Simons Island, one of the barrier islands along the Atlantic coast of Georgia. We have great shrimp, beautiful 300-year-old Live Oak trees with Spanish moss, a great beach, and wonderful bike riding trails.  I keep busy doing woodworking, and I would be happy to exchange ideas, photos, etc. for woodworking projects.

I am a life member of both ARRL and QCWA.  And also a member of FOC (#2101).  Most of my operation these days is ragchewing on 80, 40 and 30 meters.  I only occasionally contest - too stressful for my health.  But I do like to give out a few contest points if I have the time. CC&R restrictions limit the antenna farm. I run 90 watts with an FTDX-3000. Part of the time I use the aluminum rain gutter on the back of the house as an antenna for 160 to 30 meters. I use a 16 ft flag pole for 20 to 6 meters. And I also have a 50 ft random length wire (24 ft high) fed as an inverted L with an SGC ATU and 16 ground radials that I use on all bands. I now have 321 DXCC worked and 316 confirmed on all bands; 160 worked on 80m; and over 1700 confirmed for the DXCC Challenge. I need to make the application, but I have finally reached 100 confirmed DXCC entities on 8 bands; 200 confirmed on 5 bands. Thank you LoTW. On 6m, I've worked 17 DXCC entities (one QSO to CT1) and 39 states using the flagpole.  In CQ Magazine's DX Marathon, I was consistently one of the high scorers in the Formula 100 watt class through 2014.  In 2013 I was 5th worldwide working all 40 zones and 235 countries.  So don't let antenna restrictions keep you off the bands.  It's a lot of fun and a great challenge to work the DX pile ups.  And it's even more fun to tell others what I'm using for my antenna farm!!!

My ham radio activities have been limited starting in March 2015 when I had major health issues that continue.  I spent almost six weeks in the hospital.  I lost one kidney due to a tumor, the other kidney is only partially functioning, and I'm on peritoneal dialysis now five days out every seven.  Evaluations by both Mayo in Jacksonville and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta have concluded I'm not a good candidate for a kidney transplant.  It has been a major change in my life, but we're dealing with it.  My family has been a real source of strength to me.

73 and best DX, Jeff K8CQ

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