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Greetings!

My interest in amateur radio started at the age of 14 (1968).  A wonderful neighbor, just one block away had this very large square antenna mounted on the roof.  It had fishing pole looking arms four in the front and another four in the back.  Attached to each pole was three sets of wires, which formed three different sized square box shapes front and back.  The really neat thing was that the whole massive antenna could turn from one direction to almost all the way back around again.  I had to know what TV stations it could pickup!  It took more than a week to work up the nerve to ring the doorbell.  When I did, I was greeted by Ralph K9BED (SK).  I asked about the antenna, and Ralph laughed.  Then he asked me to come inside and showed me his Ham Radio Station.

Ralph, turned on the receiver and transmitter.  Unusual sounds came out of a large speaker with a large letter H in the center.  First there was a rush of static, then a winding sound which increased in pitch, and at last I could hear someone talking but it sounded like they had just stuffed their mouth full of mashed potatoes.  Ralph looked at me and started to laugh.  I thought, I did something wrong.  I later found out that I had twisted my head from side to side just like the dog on the RCA TV commercials. The next thing I knew Ralph was talking to another ham operator in the Panama Canal.  I could kind of understand what the other ham was saying, but I would have bet the nickel in my pocket that he still had some mashed potatoes in his mouth.  From that day on I was bitten by not only the DX bug, but this Ham Radio stuff was really cool.

Ralph spent many long hours teaching me radio theory and sending practice Morse Code (God Bless You Ralph) so I would soon pass my Novice license and received my first FCC call sign of WN9AJP.  I have always enjoyed CW before any other mode.  I still chase DX but, enjoy QSO's with members of the SKCC group!  For more radio fun take a look at the Straight Key Century Club here: http://www.skccgroup.com/

72/73 de Jeff K9JP SKCC #3008S

Yesterday, I received my membership certificate for the ARRL, A-1 Operators Club.  Thank you to those who nominated me, and I will do my best to live up to this Great Honor!



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K9JP
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dedateband mode grid Country op
K4EAY 2017-05-10 80m JT65 EM64DT United States CARL
NF3R 2017-05-10 80m JT65 FN20DG United States Joel R
KF8YO 2017-05-10 80m JT65 EM88JX United States Randy N
WB3KBW 2017-05-02 40m CW FN20GR United States DANIEL A
A25UK 2017-04-30 40m SSB KG37xd Botswana Giles Cooke
JD1BMH 2017-04-30 17m CW QL17cc Ogasawara OP: JG7PSJ "Harry"
FJ/N2IEN 2017-04-14 160m CW St. Barthelemy
Z37CEF 2017-04-07 20m CW KN01pa Macedonia Radio Club Stevo Patakot Z37CEF
KH2BY 2017-04-07 80m CW QK23km Guam Antonio Galiana Cubi
W5UU 2017-04-05 80m JT65 EM36JF United States BOBBY G
K4EAY 2017-03-29 80m JT65 EM64DT United States CARL
ZB2FK 2017-03-28 40m CW IM76HD Gibraltar Ernest
S01WS 2017-03-28 40m CW IL46RD Western Sahara Sahrawi
KD8TUR 2017-03-27 40m CW EM89EG United States David
PJ7PL 2017-03-27 20m RTTY FK88KA St. Maarten Philip

Book Totals: 17836 qso's   6658 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#2074
Granted: 2016-07-20 04:24:36   (K9JP)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12992
Granted: 2016-07-07 00:05:02   (K9JP)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#14385
Granted: 2016-07-07 00:05:01   (K9JP)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#3859
Granted: 2016-05-18 09:20:03   (K9JP)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
United States Award#2159
Granted: 2016-05-18 09:20:03   (K9JP)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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