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My first Ham Radio contact was on 10-Meter CW with KB6QLI as N8MCF on 16-Apr-90. I was quickly joined in this hobby by my Dad - N8HG (SK as of 16-Mar-2012), Mom - KB8MMA (SK as of 29-Dec-2011), XYL - N8TPF (SK as of 21-Aug-05), and finally by my son-in-law - KB8UPU.

Upon upgrading to Extra class, my N8MCF was replaced by AA8RB from 26-Nov-94 until I obtained the current call sign consisting of my initials (JG) on 12-Feb-97.

A former two-time President of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club, I was an active participant in the Kalamazoo County Michigan Ham Radio activities which included ARES/RACES, Sky Warn, and the the local ARRL VE Testing program.

A Worked-All-States certificate #1889 was issued to me for confirming contact with hams holding Extra-Class-formatted call signs in the 75-meter SSB Extra-Class band.

I also enjoy 10-Meters (10X #55489), have sent in logs for both a CW and SSB ARRL November Sweepstakes, am an ex MARS member (AAV5UO), and I especially enjoy rag-chewing around 7.030 mhz in QRP CW (FISTS #4106) and working DX on 20 Meter Phone.

I was off the air between 5-Apr-04 and of 7-Nov-11 - but again set up a station  (a Kenwood TS-850S exciting a Kenwood TL-922A at 1KW into an old Cushcraft R7 (seven band) vertical (mounted on the garage)) until again going radio silent for a year beginning on 15-Jul-2015.

I'm back on the air as of 31-Aug-2016 (my log entry #8,332) with a new QRP portable rig (thanks to assistance by K7TAA) - the Elecraft KX3 wth pan adapter PX3 and LMR wire end-fed half-wave 10/20/40 antenna - which I hope to use as we travel (and adjust to operating at 5~10 watts instead of 1 Kilowatt!).

Thank you for looking in; and please turn up your RX and patience with me.




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