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Bear Island NPOTA PV03



My name is John P. Kolasinski, I am a naturalized Citizen of the USA, I was born after the WW2 at the small village of Wytowno, Poland where my parents were the educators at years 1946/7 the Folk University and then at the elementary school as teachers (mother) and the father was a schoolmaster, over there, by the shores of the wild Baltic beaches I spent my happy childhood, not even knowing how big impact on my parents had the past war that just few years ago had finished. As earliest memories from those days are the white-sand on the high dunes, forest, piano, violins in my father’s house, a type writer that was a survivor of the German bombing Warsaw (the capitol of Poland). In 1944 the whole world was watching when the Warsaw Uprising was slowly put to death by the German forces, and Soviet Military on the other side of the Vistula River did nothing to help the people of Warsaw.  In my father’s house there was a tube radio named “AGA” with the mysteriously blinking green eye. As a child I was trying to see inside who was hiding there, but I didn’t see anything but the tubes and cables. The radio had three bands were on the radio long waves, middle waves, and short waves. In spite of the Soviet controlled government propaganda, on long and middle waves, our favorite was the short wave, where we could tune in to Radio Free Europe for the news; (the frequencies were jammed by the officials but somehow we managed to avoid the noises produced by the jamming stations), Radio Luxemburg for music, and Voice of America, just for fun. Those days the radio was only the “ear” to the world. I remember during the Baltic storm I was listening to the rescue mission of the fishermen boat “UST16” boat to shore, and boat to the rescue boat communication - I was imagining, what if they did not have the radio they would probably sunk during the storm. 


                   Acropolis, Greece

                  Biskupin, Poland

At the time my parents were teaching in the country side, we could not even dream of having such “luxury” as the telephone in our house…In 1968 when I was admitted to the Teacher's College in the Baltic city of Kołobrzeg* in Poland, I met my classmate Marek, who was a full fletch radio operator (his call sign is SP1BXS) who encouraged me back there to become a ham operator. (After all these years I was able to contact Marek on 10m in May 2014). But for many years there was no opportunity. University studies a full-time job and other survival problems would not permit me focus on the issue. In year 1976 when I moved to Chicago  I had the CB radio, I still have an old license my call sign KBJY3388, so I was keeping up with the communication technology. After getting my BS at Miami Institute of Psychology, I continued my studies in the field of Psychology I got my MS in Mental health, and I switched the area to the PhD program at Educational Technology, while I studied I kept my full-time job as an Academic Manager at MDC. After working in the Miami Dade College as an Academic Manager in EAP Department, where I was managing excellent team of employees dealing with the Educational Technology, we were teaching foreign students English, so they could integrate to the American Academic System, after six semesters they functioned well in regular college classes.  In 2014, after almost 40 years of service at the college I retired.  Now in South Florida I joined the Everglades Amateur Radio Club, where I met very nice people who are experience in ham radio operation. Thanks to Eddy (KJ4JTQ), Shannon (KK4GDV), and John (AF4RK), I was able to set up my IC-7100 to D-Star, on the D-star, I had a chance to speak with the stations in: UK, Japan, Slovenia, Poland, (I can speak Polish language), Korea, Norway, and others. After I upgraded to General I had many connections on HF: Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Brazil, Island of Guam, Sweden, Italy, Panama, and many stations in The US, and Canada.  I am also a member of Coral Gables RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services), where once in a while I perform duties of a Net Control on 2 m, where we practice emergency preparedness across the county. “National Parks on the Air” it is another project I am a team mate with Gentlemen from the Miami Dade Amateur Radio Club, we activated: The Everglades National Park, at Flamingo, FL, and the Bear Island, it was a lot of much experience and learning, and of course fun speaking with the US stations and foreign in the middle of nowhere.

Other interesting staff I do: I read books, travel, and nature photography.

*After one semester in Kołobrzeg I moved to my mother’s city of Kraków , where I graduated from the Teacher’s College, where I spent most of my youth.    

73s to all.

John (Janusz)

  Flamingo Everglades National Park NPOTA


Krakow Radio Club

Krakow, Poland Amateur Radio Club 2016



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