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A little about NZ8J.........

I retired as a MSgt E-7 in the US Air Force in 1986  after 20 years in communications, primarily as a troposcatter technician (304X0) with some microwave maintenance thrown in. The last four years of my active duty career was spent as an instructor in the Air Force Communications Command Systems Evaluation School in the Wideband Systems course at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.  Continued on for the next 27 years in the AF as a civilian working in cybersecurity for the Air Force Research Lab and other organizations at Wright Patterson AFB near Dayton Ohio. Finally retired for good in Dec 2012 after 47 years with the Air Force in one capacity or another. I figured 47 years with Uncle Sam was enough for anyone.. hi hi

 I was stationed in Spain, Greece, Turkey, England, Florida, Ohio, NY and Arizona. I also traveled to many other overseas locations on extended Temporary Duty such as Japan, Guam, Italy, the "DEW Line", Greenland and Germany. The majority of my overseas assignments were remote locations at small Tropo Relay stations on top of a mountain miles from civilization.

​Operated for four years (1979-1983) from the UK as G5DEH while stationed at RAF Mildenhall.

Got a late start in Ham Radio,  Novice ticket in April 1977 (WA2LZZ), General in July 1978 (WA2LZZ), Advanced in Oct 1987 (KE8OE) and Extra in Nov 1987 (NZ8J)

I like DX'ing and CW ragchewing. I operate CW 90 % of the time, with some digital operation but virtually no SSB. I usually hang around the cw portions of 40 meters and sometimes 20 meters. If you hear me on, give me a call. I belong to CW-OPS, FISTS, and SKCC if you need a contact.

Besides ham radio, I like motorcycles. I got my first bike at age 16, it was a Wards Riverside 125 2-stroke (actually it was a Benelli 125 made for Montgomery Wards with their Riverside name on it). I've had several bikes since then, dirt bikes, cruisers, touring bikes, and now back to a 2002 Harley Softail Night Train. (Sadly had to recently sell the bike for health reasons, 52 years to the month from when I got my first bike, the Riverside)


           ​Current station:

​                                                Icom IC-7610

                                                Icom IC-7100

                                                Yaesu FT-450D (Camping Rig) 

                                                Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier

​                                                Elecraft KAT500 Tuner

                                                Wilson System 33 Tribander @ 30'

​                                               135' Dipole fed with 300 ohm ladder line @ 27'

​                                               Hamgadgets MasterKeyer MK-1/ BY1/ Jones Key

                                               Nye Viking/Bunell 26000A/Navy Flameproof Key

I QSL all contacts via LOTW and eQSL. I will also QSL all direct cards, no SASE needed.

FISTS - 6737

SKCC - 1852

​CW-OPS - 1217

ARCI - 4099

MI-QRP - 115

G-QRP - 615

NE-QRP - 50

10-10 - 28445

NAQCC - 456





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