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QSL policy:  If you only need my county confirmed and want to just send an "MRC" that I can sign and return, that's fine. If I get your QSL, I'll send one of mine. I think you'll agree the design is a bit different! I do not respond to bureau cards.

I am not part of the eQSL system. I AM now part of the  LOTW system.

More than 95% of my operation is currently mobile, mostly on 3556.5, 7056.5, 7188,10122.5 and 14056.5 (the CH hangouts). If you want to know where I've most recently been "spotted", check http://ch.w6rk.com/. The county hunting group has been a source of many friendships that I appreciate.  So far, I've operated from 2085 of the 3077 USA Counties.  "Putting out" the four Judicial Districts of Alaska in the summer of 2017 was a great experience!

I am also the QSL manager and trustee of KR9L (Liberty Radio Explorers: local school system club). This club has been inactive since I've changed jobs, but I hope to re-activate it eventually.

I was licensed as WN9OBP in February, 1965 at age 16. W9AEX was one of my early "Elmers", as was WA9EFV, who gave me my Conditional Class exam in April. The person who helped most in learning the code was my Mom, who learned it along with me, though she never has been licensed herself. I shared a room with my brother, Dave. After enduring my noises on the radio for a couple of weeks, he gave up and studied for his license as well. (He is currently WY0L....)

College at the University of Illinois in Champaign gave me the opportunity to enjoy the station at W9YH, where I first used "good stuff" on the air (Drake twins, an amp, and a Zepp at 130'). I began traffic handling, contesting and DXing at 'YH, interests that have persisted. I also helped teach a licensing class for the first time; one of the students was my future wife, Melba (KB9CES). She was, and is, a good sport about doing the things I enjoy!

Since graduating and coming back to the dairy farm, we have managed to fill the house with hams: Melanie N9IQV (born in '76), Andrea KB9CEQ ('78), Darren N9MTX ('81) and Charlyn KB9JIZ ('84). Only one of the three is currently licensed, but I'm gently bugging them to get back into the ranks.  It's not like they are not busy enough already....   You might hear one of the grandkids on during Kids Day, NAQP or a QSO Party.

As a family, we enjoy birding, camping, working with the Jersey cows (prior to July 2001), and the kids' sports: baseball, softball, track, cross-country, volleyball, disc golf and "regular" golf. The kids are out of the "nest" now and we are following  grandkids' achievements in cross-country, baseball, track, volleyball and basketball in 3 states.

We're active in our local church, and our relationship with Jesus Christ is a vital part of who we are and how we arrange our priorities. We are now ex-dairy farmers. I travel in a tech-support engineering position. I am blessed that Melba travels with me when she is not actively participating in the lives of our grandkids or working with the American Red Cross or church missions projects. We hope to do some short or long-term mission work in a few years.Maybe you'll hear us from the other side of the pileups soon. 73, Jim N9JF

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