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My ham radio name is Jim, legal name James.  I will answer to either one.

I always upload to LoTW, QRZ.COM and eQSL.  I will send a paper qsl card if I receive one, both US and foreign; otherwise, I send foreign qsl cards via ARRL Bureau. 

My uncle Doug W4DYS (now a silent key) taught me the morse alphabet and numbers when I was ten yoa.  When I was fifteen yoa, he promised to give me a transmitter if I got my Novice ticket.  I did and he did.  I was given the call sign KN4VZX.  Uncle Doug gave me a Heath AT-1, which he had built and no longer used.  My parents bought me a Hammarlund HQ110, which I still have.  In those days, you could hold a Novice ticket for one year only.  So, after a year of study I upgraded to General and became K4VZX, qth Trussville AL.  I built a screen modulator for the AT-1 and so could operate AM with 18 watts output.  But CW was my real love and still is.  I moved to Washington State when I was 20yoa, entered the University of Washington, earned a degree in philosophy, married the love of my life (Peg 'O My Heart), and took a break from hamming.  I got relicensed in the late 1970s as KA7JHR and upgraded to NJ7Y in the 1980s.  Peggy and I lived in Bremerton WA when I became KA7JHR and then NJ7Y.  I worked as a social worker/supervisor in Children Services until I retired in 1997.  My wife and I moved to Alachua FL in the summer of 1997 and I enrolled in the Department of Philosophy Graduate Program at the University of Florida.  I earned a masters degree in philosophy.  I have taught philosophy at the University of Florida (both as a teaching assistant and as an adjunct instructor) and at Florida Gateway College.  Until May of 2017 I taught philosophy at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.  I retired from teaching on May 1 2017.  Santa Fe College has a ham radio station, K4EAC, and an active amateur radio society.  The Santa Fe Amateur Radio Society is on facebook. 

I was inactive from 1997 to July of 2015 when I put up a low sloper on 20m and put my new Alinco DX-SR8 on the air.  I became QRV on July 27, 2015.  It is good to be back.  As of Oct. 29 2016 I have a Carolina Windom (homebrew) OCF antenna.  I operate 98% of the time on cw.  Our son Marc lives in Gainesville and has the call sign KA7OCZ.  He and I share the station at my home.  If you hear me, give me a call.  I'm a member of ARRL, also SKCC number 14272 .  I love to chew the ol' rag on cw!  Update: I turned 75 years old on May 1, 2017; decided it was time to really retire.  More time for ham radio! Yay!

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