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Hello! As an avid amateur radio operator since age 16, in 1958, I entered some early contests and actually won a Johnson CW rig in the Novice Roundup! I served as president of the VTARA, Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Assocition (K4KDJ) for two years in college. My operating interests include contesting, rag chewing, and DX. Virtually all my activity is on CW, my main reason for continuing to enjoy the hobby. 

For many years, I was extremely active in radio-sport, or contesting. I competed in the WRTC 2000 in Slovenia as the team mate of N3AD, and was a referee in Finland in 2002. My serious, nearly full time, try-to-win, contesting efforts have diminished, but I'm still active in most CW contests, especially the IARU (still can do the 24 hours and compete well for Top-Ten) and domestic competitions such as SS, and am a very serious Sprinter (NA Sprint and the Thursday night NS). Virtually all my serious contesting over the last two decades has been Single Operator CW using SO2R capability. I am a basic contester ... the shack has no Internet. Single-op unassisted is my interest, using a Dell W-98 computer running DOS and TR-Log, the best contest program ever! (smiley face) Perhaps I'm a fossil, since CW is my true amateur radio love.

I designed and built my station, near Austin, Texas. Check out a website at n3bb.com for photographs and additonal personal information.After two devastating storms in the summer of 2014 (one direct massive lightning strike and one extremely high-velocity wind storm), the station (finally) has been rebuilt, with Optibeam triband yagis now along with the original twenty meter phased array. In addition, I'm back on the air with a very nice custom SO2R automation system designed by Top-Ten Devices, and installed with the absolutely amazing support of my long-time friend, Dave, N3RD. Two relatively new K3s and P3s will go on line in the first quarter of 2017 to replace the very good and reliable FT1000MPs that have ben my mainstays for over fifteen years. 

My family includes my wife, Diana, three adult children, and five grandchildren.

I now retired in 2002 after a long career in the semiconductor industry. It's great to be retired, but where does all the time go!

As an update, my wife of over 50 years suffered a severe hemorraghic stroke in November, 2011. She lost the use of her right arm/hand and also her speech, and is on a long and difficult road with rehabilitation for both. She has made some progress with her speech (aphasia and apraxia) and her therapist feels she eventually will be able to express her basic feelings, but the work is hard. Progress on her right arm and hand is less, but we are working on additional brain-nerve training. 

Following retirement, I followed a passion for reading and writing and my debut novel, Reunion, was published in late 2011. It's available in Hard Cover, Soft Cover, and all eBook formats. Check out Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Author House, as well as any independent bookstore; any can order and ship the novel to you. In addition, the novel is available in-store stock from Tamarack on the West Virginia Turnpike in Beckley, WV. Many libraries have the book as well.

Based on my first work (of literature magic!), K1DG requested that I write a book about WRTC 2014, not only to spotlight the actual competition near Boston, Massachusetts in July, but also to expand the subject to a broader study of the passion so many of us feel about this incredible hobby (as well as the radiosporting aspect). I decided to take on the project and found a publisher who agreed with the topic in terms of both reading interest as well as the commercial prospects of a well written book. As a result, I flew up to Boston and stayed on site for a full week talking with a number of ham radio operators and very a high concentration of elite contesters. It was the first time I've seen many of them since my WRTC days of competing in Slovenia in 2000 and refereeing in Finland in 2002. It was SO GOOD to renew old friendships that I have allowed to lag since my extremely active radio contesting background was waylaid since 2011 when my wife suffered a severe stroke. I'm very much a care-giver now, although she is stable and doing well in  many respects.

I managed to volunteer as a driver for the WRTC 2014 and ended up driving a German team, DJ5MW and DL1IAO to their site, and staying there (it was quite remote) most of the weekend. Being an "embedded reporter" helped me see the "up close and personal" aspects of one team, and helped with a better understanding of New England propagation as well as personal interactions in this radiosporting competition. Thanks to Doug Grant and his entire leadership team for the opportunity as well as Greenleaf Book Group, an Austin, Texas publisher, for a wonderful chance to tell the world about this incredible amateur radio event. Fifty-nine photographs are included. The book, "Contact Sport: A Story of Champions, Airwaves, and a One-Day Race Around the World," was released to wide national and international distribution on February 1st, 2016. It has received a number of very positive reviews and recommendations, including "CQ" (January 2016), "Scientific American" (Feb 2016), and "QST" (May 2016) as well as major special-interest coverage in at least one international newspaper.

My new author's web site has all the info regarding both books (reviews, purchase info on Amazon and other sites, etc), personal appearances, media appearances, as well as my active blogs. It's all here:  www.authorjkgeorge.com

Hope to work you either CW rag-chewing, or in a contest. 

73, Jim N3BB

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