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For over 20 years I enjoyed sky diving and I have an advanced class sky diving license issued by the United States Parachute Association. I don't sky dive anymore; however, I have good memories about that sport. My license number is C-17493. I am also a PADI certified rescue scuba diver and a SSI dive control specialist. I love cave diving in Florida and I am very active in this sport. My favorite mode of communicating is CW. My other passion is amateur astronomy. I have enjoyed the many ham friends that I have met over the air and I look forward to making new friends.

I am involved in ham radio satellite communications. This part of the hobby is very interesting and fun! I am using eggbeater circularly polarized antennas for up and downlinking on both70 cm and 2 meters. I am also using AR2 pre-amplifiers on both antennas to improve the downlinking signals coming from the satellites.Thus far, I have communicated with other hams via AO-51, AO-27, SO-50,FO-29, VO-52, AO-7, SO-67, HO-68 and the International Space Station's repeater with those two antennas. I use the SatPC32 satellite tracking program. I also use the Ham Radio Deluxe satellite tracking program. As of September of 2015 I started to operate on PSK31. This digital mode is great for my compromised indoor attic dipole antenna system because PSK31 does not require a lot of power or elaborate antenna system to talk world wide.   

My XYL is also a ham e.g., KN4DWX and our youngest son is a ham too e.g., KK4TCJ.  They are also certified scuba divers and we all dive together.  

My AMSAT # is 37214. My CWOPS # is 1052

Rigs: Yaesu FT 1000 and Yaesu FT 847.

Rigs: Yaesu FT 991A for solar / battery bank power operations only. Utilizing a 100 watt solar panel with a charge controller using a 105 amp hour battery bank for voltage storage.  During day light hours / full or partial Sun light, I can run 100 watts on SSB and CW when the solar panels are charging the batteries.  At night, I reduce power to 20 watts to conserve the battery voltage levels so I can communicate on either SSB or CW.   The antenna system for my solar powered station is a "Alpha no tuner" 80 thru 6 meters vertical antenna mounted on a tripod in my back yard up six feet.  The whip section of the antenna is 13 feet long.  The antenna also has a NVIS element attached to it for close in contacts within the vertical's skip zone.  I primarly have this set up for emergency communications during power outages and field day operations.       

I am also using an Kenwood TS480SAT for mobile operations on 20, 40 and 80 meters in my car using monoband ham stick antennas. In addition to working usb and lsb on those hf bands in my car, I also run cw operations while driving, so maybe I will have an opportunity to work you in my car using that particular mode. I also have a Yaesu FTM 350/AR 2 meter, 70 cm and 222 MHz radio in my vehicle. I can be found on the "Ireland conference" Echo Link node while I am in my car. I hope to work many of you via that mode too!

Tuner: LDG AT-1000 Pro Autotuner

Amplifier: AL 572

My HF antennas are an indoor multiband dipole cut for 10-40 meters up 25 feet in my attic.  I also have a 80 meter ISOTRON antenna in my attic and it is tuned for the cw portion of the 80 meter band only. I am using two Ham Stick antennas in a dipole configiration on a telescope tripod on the second floor of my house for 6 meter work!  I have antenna and transmitter restrictions in my subdivision and I am operating as surreptitiously as possible.

My GROL license


The old "Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate" Picture on cirtificate circa. 1996 


Picture circa. 1995 as an insturctor at the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Academy.  Airborne!  

My CWOPS number is 1052 (Lifetime Member)  


Diving on a Black Hawk helicopter wreck at a depth of approximatly 50 feet.                         

Good Dxing,


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W8KJP 2017-12-11 40m CW EL98il United States Del E Clouser
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