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My QSL card by K4JSG.

I took the picture at Monument Valley in May 2016.

 

My website: http://www.wb9vgj.us

My radio shack in the late 70s through 80s; Hallicrafers HT-37 and SX-115 for HF.

 

My radio shack in the 90s until 2002; Kenwood TS-830S for HF.

 

My current downsized shack: ICOM IC-7300 for HF.

QRZ Awards using JT65.

eQSL Certificate: Awards using JT65.

I got my Novice license in 1976, call sign WN9VGJ. I upgraded to Technician quickly, getting my current WB9VGJ call sign. I hold an Amateur Extra class license, having also held General and Advanced licenses.

I was a Morse code interceptor, 058, in the US Army Security Agency back in 1962 - 1963 (Lost my clearance when I married my first wife in Germany.), so passing the code test for my licenses, Novice to Extra, was not difficult for me. However, once I got my General license, I operated 99.9% phone as I enjoyed talking to hams more than using CW; it is just more relaxing and I don't have to worry about spelling. In the USASA, we copied coded number and letter groups, not clear text, so I never developed the habit of copying words. When we heard a character, we simply typed it on our mill (typewriter with just upper case letters); it was just an automatic response. We had two receivers and copied our net on one and listened to Radio Luxemnbourg on the other as the station played the top 40 rock n roll records all day long.

I have been involved in public service/emergency communications for many years, having been associated with the DuPage County, IL, Office of Emergency Management for a while. I am a former member of the Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs (WCRA), Wheaton IL, and am a current life member of the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) http://www.w7yrc.org/ in Prescott, AZ. I am a past secretary and past president of both clubs. I am a former member of the Yavapai County ARES/RACES group.

I am a weather spotter and member of Arizona Sector 8 Skywarn.

I am a VE (Volunteer Examiner) and am active in testing in the VE group of the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club.

I used to be a paper chaser, being active in 10-10 International (10-10 #12893) and on the YL-ISSB (YL International Single Sideband System) nets (ISSB #10218) as well as QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRP ARCI #4798). I have DXCC Phone and Mixed awards (277 countries credited - no new ones worked since 1991 until I worked Croatia 10/25/2015 on JT65 and a few other ones since on JT65), Bicentennial WAS, RCC, IDX, and WAC awards among others. Two I value are the Silver Award and Arabian Knights Award from the Royal Jordanian Radio Amateur Society. I had the pleasure of working King Hussein under the special call sign JY25 celebrating his 25th anniversary as the king of Jordan.

Nowadays, here in Arizona, I'm not chasing DX on SSB HF all that much, but am active in public service communications and I really enjoy working several of the public events for which our club provides communications. I did get interested in JT65 and started operating in that mode 10/22/2015. I got my QRZ Grid Squared, Continents of the World and United States awards, having completed working all states 1/17/2016 with a QSO with Vermont, which seems to be rather rare on JT65. I'm working on a DXCC and other 100 country awards with a digital endorsement, but that will take some time due to band conditions. I started operating FT8 in Oct. 2017.

My modest  radio shack http://www.wb9vgj.us/docs/shack.htm consists of an ICOM IC-7300 and a Yaesu FT-8800R 2M/70CM for a base station. I have a Hy-Gain DX-88 10M to 80M vertical antenna for HF. I have always run barefoot for HF. I also have a Yaesu FT-8800R for a mobile rig and a Yaesu FT-60  handheld.

I am retired from Lucent Technologies, formerly AT&T Bell Labs, in Naperville, IL. I worked on the 5ESS switch project, initially as a software developer (I owned the Text Interface to Recent Change.), then as an instructor/developer developing and teaching 5ESS switch database courses, then on the 7 R/E project, and lastly as a document writer for the 5ESS switch Translations Guide.

Please QSL via QRZ, eQSL and LoTW. I will respond to QSLs sent in the mail and via the bureau.

My 1957 Pontiac Chieftain. I had one before I went into the Army in 1961 and another one when I got out in 1964. A 1957 Pontiac Chieftain has always been #1 on my list of classic cars to buy if I ever bought one. This one had a frame off restoration around 1996 and came up for sale here in Prescott Valley in 2014. I could not resist buying it. There is no ham radio installed in it. More pictures of it can be seen at:
 
Awards it has won can be seen at http://www.wb9vgj.us/docs/trophies.htm

 

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WB9VGJ
Latest Contacts for WB9VGJ at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KI6WJP 2018-01-19 40M FT8 CN81uh United States Martin J Nile
NM6C 2018-01-19 40M FT8 CM97bj United States MICHAEL P MOORE
KD7WWS 2018-01-19 40M FT8 EN61VQ United States STEPHEN P JACKSON
K6BOS 2018-01-19 40M FT8 DM12KW United States CRAIG S BOSWORTH
KF7OJA 2018-01-19 40M FT8 CN85rq United States Stanley W Nelson
KJ6CC 2018-01-19 40M FT8 CM98VB United States WILLIAM A LOSEE
AF7NX 2018-01-19 40M FT8 CN84KB United States Gary D Rondeau
K4SO 2018-01-19 40M FT8 FM18ap United States MARK C KILLMON
K1USA 2018-01-19 40M FT8 EM37us United States Dale L Pruitt
KK6BAT 2018-01-19 40M FT8 DM12KS05 United States Jeffrey R McAnally
KD0YVA 2018-01-19 40M FT8 DM67co United States Timothy J Hannigan
WA2JQZ 2018-01-19 40M FT8 DM87OV United States GARY C AGRANAT
JS1NDM 2018-01-19 20M FT8 PM95wx Japan Hiroyuki Saito
KC1HBG 2018-01-18 20M FT8 FN42GH99 United States DonS Levey
W1LEM 2018-01-18 20M FT8 FN41XS75 United States Lemuel Skidmore

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United States Counties Award#2087
Granted: 2016-07-20 04:26:40   (WB9VGJ)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 1000 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 1000 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1755
Granted: 2016-01-18 01:45:02   (WB9VGJ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#11434
Granted: 2015-12-12 01:10:03   (WB9VGJ)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#9712
Granted: 2015-11-08 18:14:10   (WB9VGJ)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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