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After working in the computer field for 35 years, I decided to try something different. I received my technicians license in 2003 and upgraded to a general license in 2012. Since them I have worked all states four times and many foreign countries. I operate HF on several radios, an ICOM 718, ICOM 7000, ICOM 706, ICOM 706MKIIG, ICOM 701, Kenwood TS-480sat (mobile), Kenwood TS-440at and a Yaesu FT-707. I just recently acquired a Ten Tec Omni VII and an Icom 7300.  Obviously I am a hardware geek.

My antenna system is a MFJ-1796 multiband vertical that tunes from 40 thru 6 meters. I often check into nets run by ECARS on 7.255, OMISS on 14.290 and 7.185 and the YL SYSTEM on 14.332 and 7.245. My previous call sign was KB3JRA.

I spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio and Wichita Falls, TX, Fort Monmouth, NJ, Sembach AFB, Germany and Kwang-Ju, South Korea. I worked 30 years in the IT division of Dow Jones & Co. Inc. in Washington, D.C. and later Princeton, NJ and New York City. My wife Ellen (also a 30+ year Dow Jones employee) and I retired to Berkeley Springs, WV in 2004. I started working as a reporter for the local newspaper, The Morgan Messenger, in 2006 and finally retired for good January 31, 2013.

Along with my Amateur Radio hobby, I enjoy playing guitars and still dabble with computer hardware, both PC and Mac.


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K8DFA
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dedateband mode grid Country op
KB5LYR 2017-12-02 40m SSB EM15OX52 United States STEVEN L SHOCK
K1IAG 2017-12-01 20m SSB FN42EC24 United States ADRIEN J DESILLIER JR
KW5EBB 2017-11-23 20m SSB EM15MI71 United States JOHNNY L WEBB
NT7J 2017-10-22 20m SSB CN87wl United States Donald E Richards
K0BOT 2017-10-20 20m SSB DN83IU45 United States Dick W Deutscher
KC5MAY 2017-10-04 20m SSB EM13NA33 United States DALE A HIATT
WB8EEW 2017-10-01 40m SSB EM79qh United States DANIEL K CHANEY
KN4FRG 2017-09-20 40m SSB EM38VA20 United States Jeffery D Phillips
KT50T 2017-08-29 40m SSB United States
IK4JPK 2017-08-12 20m SSB JN54dp Italy FEDERICO TORNIELLI
W5AD 2017-07-26 15m SSB EL29CN32 United States CHARLES F ANDREWS
KB1CSI 2017-07-19 20m SSB FN43fd United States John H Moore
KG5SER 2017-07-12 20m SSB EM50LJ69 United States Paul A Jennings
K1DGW 2017-07-09 20m SSB EM83DV49 United States DAVIS G WALLACE

Book Totals: 651 qso's   335 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#4289
Granted: 2016-08-26 16:54:02   (K8DFA)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#8548
Granted: 2015-07-31 22:30:02   (K8DFA)

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