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Please QSL ONLY via the address above WITH a Self Addressed STAMPED Envelope (S.A.S.E.). DX stations, an S.A.E with ONE greenstamp is fine or via the Buro. Various travel expenses, such as fuel, highway/bridge/tunnel tolls and overnight stays, are incurred putting on these lighthouses and islands. Having to provide your return envelope and/or postage should not be one of them. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and kind consideration.


I am OK via the Buro or Direct with an S.A.S.E and proper return postage.  I DO NOT participate in LOTW nor do I respond to QRZ.com LOGBOOK requests or eQSL requests. Sorry, but life is far more simple this way.



Keep an eye on this space for information about future island and lighthouse activations.   


My buddy, my pal, Dozer, the Radio Cat, a.k.a. D Dozer Dog

(April, 1995 - July, 2017)


My adventures in radio began in the late 1950's when I spent countless hours shortwave listening in front of a Hallicrafters S-38E receiver (which I still have), later up-grading to the SX-110. Following high school graduation in 1962, I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where I served ten years as a radioman (ZUT #1044) in such places as South Florida (NMA27, NOM), Washington, D.C. (NMH) and Honolulu, Hawaii (NRPY, NMO). Once settled down in the Maryland/D.C. area following my discharge from the service in late 1972, I resumed SWLing for a time, but really missed working CW. The only way to fix that was to eventually earn my Novice ticket, which I did in October, 1989. My very first contact (on CW of course) was a DX station and I've been hunting DX ever since. Following my up-grade to General, island and lighthouse hunting have become my primary interests.

My first station consisted of a Kenwood TS-440/AT going to a 24-foot trap dipole antenna in the attic of our townhouse. Not the best set-up by any means, but it worked remarkably well. Following our move to the present location, I up-graded to the Kenwood TS-850/AT and intstalled a 30-foot tower topped with a Cushcraft MA5B mini-beam. My current station continues in the modest vein; an Icom 756 PRO III running barefoot to the MA5B. Although a victim of antenna restrictions early on, I've done rather well over the years, having confirmed over 305 DXCC entities, 668 IOTA islands and 685 U.S. islands. My lighthouse collection has grown as well, with 1,326 confirmed thus far.

I have enjoyed island activating here along the East Coast for both IOTA and the US-Island Award Program for some time now, but for the past 15 years or so, my focus has centered on activating lighthouses for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS Member #278). On these outings, I currently operate portable using an Icom 7000 transceiver (replacing my venerable and ultra-reliable Kenwood TS-50/AT) with a combination of Hustler mobile antennas and hamstick-style verticals mounted on an Alpha-Delta Outpost tripod. This arrangement has worked out remarkedly well, allowing me to make contacts with such far away places as Australia, South Africa, Asia and all over Europe. To date, I have activated over 35 islands and 85 lighthouses ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia. At the 2009 ARLHS Convention, I was the proud recipient of the first ARLHS Activator of the Year Award. The gentleman seated making the presentation in the photo above is the former President and founder of the ARLHS, K2JXW, Jim Weidner. The two goofballs in the adjacent photo are Dan Hatcher, KD3CQ and I at FrostFest held every February in Richmond, VA. Dan and I have collaborated on a number of lighthouse activations here in the Chesapeake Bay area.  In March of 2016, I achieved what I consider to be a milestone in my affiliation with the ARLHS....my 200th lighthouse activation.

The radio box shown lower left contains the now-retired TS-50/AT with a Kenwood 2-meter rig on the shelf above. Thats me in the truck working portable at some lighthouse, doing paper logging as usual. You can see the radio box on the passenger seat while a Die Hard battery rests down in the footwell providing power. The next photo shows the Hustler antenna system configured with resonators for 80, 40 and 20 meters sitting atop the Outpost tripod. The Magnum no longer makes the road trips....its been replaced by my even older Dakota pick-up seen upper right. (No, my call sign is not stenciled on the side of the truck.) That handsome young man seen on the far right is yours truely getting in some code practice while home on liberty from USCG Radio School way back in 1963. The radio I'm listening to so intently is a Hallicrafters SX-110 receiver. (I was only an SWL back in those days.....and a lot thinner too!)


A Newport, Rhode Island native, I now reside in Maryland in a small town just west of Annapolis. In early March of 2006 I retired from Honeywell, the last of several aerospace contractors I worked for during my thirty-one years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. My last position was as a Flight Operations Director for two earth-orbiting satellites: the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer/Earth Probe Satellite (TOMS/EP). The UARS spacecraft was placed in orbit approximately 375 miles above Earth from Space Shuttle Discovery in late 1991. It was turned off in mid December, 2005, following a successful fourteen year mission collecting critical scientific data pertaining to the Earth's atmosphere. The disabled spacecraft, about the size of a school bus, eventually returned to Earth, disintergrating in a huge fireball over the South Pacific Ocean in late September, 2011.

Seen below are several NASA and U.S. Coast Guard patches I've managed to save over the years. Below them are examples of home-made certificates I issued for a number of lighthouse and US-Island Award special event stations I've done with several partners.


Thanks for reading and I hope we meet soon on the air.

73, Jim UNQ


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