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I was licensed in 1953 as KN4AHO and earned my General 1 yr later. I was active mostly with CW on 80 and 40 meters and worked 10 meters AM during the 1958 propagation explosion. I made contacts all over the world with Dad's HQ-150 and Viking II with a Meisner Signal Shifter VFO. The antenna was a BowTie in the top of a 60' pine tree. I come from a Ham family where my Mom , Dad and both younger brothers are licensed. Dad (SK) was W4EPI and that call is now held by my youngest brother. Granddad, a railroad telegrapher for the Seaboard Airline Railroad, was licensed at one time as were several of my Uncles. My Dad worked a lifetime for the Seaboard RR and I worked several summers between college semesters. We can claim 3 generations employed by the Seaboard Airline Railroad. Both brothers and I worked for different divisions of Siemens AG. I am now retired from Siemens Energy Inc where I was employed as a Senior Fastener Buyer. . I also hold the Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager Certification. Over the years I have been employed by a wide varity of industries; Railroad, Airline, Space (NASA support), commercial electronic service and finally the Power industry. I loved it all. It has been quite an experience.

Currently my station is capable of operation from 160 meters to 70 cm, I am mostly active on 40 CW Ragchew. I live on a small surburban lot so I am really limited in space for antennas. As it is now everything is so close together, I get a lot of interaction between antennas. I am currently active in QRP and have built the Small Wonder series for 80. 40, 30, and 20. I also have built Rockmites for 80 and 40... I love to build the kits but the hands are not as agile as they use to be. I am building a "Legacy" station that reflects the rig my Dad used in 1946 when he returned from WWII. I was 5 years old at the time but I remember him building the TX... I built a 6AG7, 807 MOPA style TX that I think I remember him building... My RX is a HQ-129X of the right vintage to match the TX... It's been quite an experience building and operating this rig.

This is the completed station. The Transmitter utilizes a 6AG7 & 807 MOPA style circuit and puts out about 25 watts on all bands. Seems to have a clean note and makes good QSO's.The large black box on the middle shelf is the QSK TR switch whose design is from AD5X. The smaller box in the center is a K1EL keyer and the right hand box is the Autek QF-1A which helps the HQ129X during really heavy QRM.   The HQ129X has been updated with a 6X8 mixer and a 6SG7 RF Amp. There was a noticeable improvement on 20 meters. The transmitter is now band-switching on 80, 40 & 20 meters. On 20 it does a creditable job with a good xtal. The key is a WW II German Luftwaffe key made by Siemens I believe. It was liberated and brought home by an uncle and it's been passed down thru the family ever since...  The power out is monitored a period Micro-Match Meter. The small silver boxes behind the Micro-Match are ICE Bandpass filters for whatever band I am currently operating on... Let's keep the FCC happy!

I added a KX3 to my QRP collection about a year ago and am really impressed with it's performance. I am working on a 5 Watt DXCC and a 1/2 watt WAS and I am well on the way to completion.  Here a picture of it's operating position in front of the HQ129X receiver. WOW, such a sweep of technology.

I hold the ARRL WAS and DXCC awards. I am a member of CWOps, #1049, SKCC, #1235T and FISTS, #13566 and CC #2049. I also hold the FIST Platinum and Millionaire Award's.

I hope to keep pounding brass for many years and continue to improve my CW abilities. I really enjoy contacting the OT's over 90 and STILL Radioactive on CW... That's my GOAL!!


Jim Diggs

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K4AHO
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XE2MVY 2014-06-18 17m CW DL95wj Mexico Oscar Salazar
JE1TRV 2014-01-30 40m CW PM95rn Japan ATSU Taniguchi
K8BTU 2014-01-11 20m CW EN80lf United States William R Morris
AA3B 2014-01-11 20m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
WA2ZVN 2014-01-07 17m CW FN13xa United States CRAIG E COBB
WB4DKF 2014-01-07 40m CW EL88sa United States HENRY R LARDIERI, JR
W4FO 2013-12-29 40m CW EL87pu United States PATRICK H JONES
WB4DKF 2013-12-24 40m CW EL88sa United States HENRY R LARDIERI, JR
W4FO 2013-12-17 30m CW EL87pu United States PATRICK H JONES
K1SEC 2013-11-15 40m CW FN42jf United States PAUL E PETHERICK
W0DQ 2013-11-09 15m CW EN31dq United States RAYMOND C DENNIS
WB4DKF 2013-10-08 40m CW EL88sa United States HENRY R LARDIERI, JR
WO1X 2013-08-31 20m CW FN31mq United States Tom
N5YG 2013-08-14 40m CW EM34np United States MICHAEL R HODGES
NZ4D 2013-08-03 40m CW FM15gn United States Michael A Kelly

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