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I was licensed first at the age of 12 with the help of a fantastic Elmer down the street.   Helped me get my novice.   Barely passed!  I then was hooked!   Worked my way up to Advanced on my own , but I couldn't get the code speed to get my extra at the time I passed my Advanced license.   With the code requirement dropped, I now have no excuses to get my Extra class, and passed the Extra test at Dayton Hamvention, 2016.   

I went off the air for around 7 years.  Raising kids, running a business, and doing what all good Americans do, pay down debt!   But with the help of my wonderful new XYL, I have gotten my new shack back on the air.  New radios, new peripherals, new antennas.  In fact, when the XYL wanted to build a new house in order to be in a better school district for our young twins, I was a bit shell shocked, but when she said I could build the ham shack of my dreams in this new house!  I am a very lucky and blessed guy!

At my new house I now have the station of my dreams.  A dedicated shack.  I just finished installing a new US Tower TX-455 motorized / tilt over tower with my Mosley Pro-67 C3 10-40 meter 7 element yagi at 68 feet, with my Cushcraft VHF/UHF vertical on top of my DX Enginneering reinforced 22 foot cro-moly mast, sitting up high in the sky at 80ft.  An Alpha-Delta 160-80-40 meter sloper dipole attached to my tower fed at a height of 66 feet.  I also have a Dx Engineering 160-6m 43 foot vertical with 32 sixty five foot radials and a recently installed DX Engineering ground mounted 80 meter 68 foot mono band vertical sitting in the middle of another set of 1/4 wave radial field    (Aren't planting radials fun?!!?---not!)

Rounding out the station is my FlexRadio 6700, which inputs into either my choice of an SPE 1.3K solid state amp, Alpha 9500 amp or my stand by in case of apocalypse Alpha 91b amp.   I also have my Icom 9100 for backup and also staying on digital and Dstar while I am on the HF bands with my Flex. 

You can usually find me on 80 and 40 meters at night, and 17 and 20 meters during weekend days.  I prefer HF SSB, but I dabble in data such as PSK, but trying to learn the newer ones too. 

Recently fascinated with operating my entire station via remote control through my iPhone or iPad.   Still a work in progress but although that is old hat for many hams it's still pretty cool to me!

I also am a regular traveler to the beautiful island of St. Marteen in the caribbean.  I operate a Icom 7100 into a Buddipole antenna system.  It works great considering it can be set up in 10 minutes and I can tote my entire Ham station in my carry on bag on the airlines!   In those winter months, listen for me as KJ8DO/PJ7! 

I really have enjoyed Ham radio over the years, and now I love it even more!  




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