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I was almost 13 years old when my grandfather, introduced me to ham radio during the spring of 1991. That summer I spent many hours listening to 10 meter DX coming in from the west coast and the south pacific on an old (but still new in the box) Swan rig that I found tucked away in the corner of his basement along with a spool of RG-8/U, hundreds of PL-259 and SO-239 connectors, and a mess of soldering equipment. We took it all out to the shed in his back yard and connected it to an old Wilson V-quad antenna at ~20 feet. Inside the box for the Swan I found a copy of a 1977 ARRL Handbook and I began selectively reading the sections that I found interesting.
I met a fellow radio enthusiast in middle school, KD4KBN, and we began systematically studying the novice and the then “new-no-code Technician" exam prep guides from Radio Shack. I passed the novice and technician exams by Jan of 1992 with support from elmers N4ENX, ND4N, & KC4YIZ (SK), along with the BRARC in Greenville, SC. This was the beginning of the hobby for me.
I was licensed as KD4KGV from Feb1992 to Jun of 2006 when I acquired the vanity call W2JPS. Literally hours after W4JPS became available, I applied and updated my call with the correct call district for my then home QTH in VA. Ironically, I have since moved to 2-land. In Feb of 2012 I upgraded to General class largely in part due to reciprocal motivation from my former office mate KV4TZ.
Since 1992 I have enjoyed expanding my knowledge of the electrical, material, and physical principles that apply to the skill of antenna building.
My involvement in ham radio to date includes making and using antennas of all varieties, repairing and improving transceivers, along with working field day and other emergency preparedness communications events.
From 2002-2003 I served as the technical director and DJ for WMWC 91.5 FM in Fredericksburg, VA.

In May of 2013 radio communications became more than a hobby when I took a job with Harris RF Communications in Rochester, NY.  

W4JPS in Rawalpindi Pakistan circa 2015


73, W4JPS


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