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Thanks for looking me up! I got my technician license on December 13, 2004 as KCØTNJ. Got the vanity call of KDØJBN on January 10, 2006 and upgraded to General on March 19, 2007. My interest in ham radio goes back to about 1977 when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I was working with an Elmer to learn code, how radios work, the rules, etc. After a few months of this my Elmer became a silent key. So, it all got put on the back burner for a LOOOONG time.

For the most part I'm an appliance operator, but I've gotten facinated with antennas and have homebrewed all of my antennas for home use. The only antennas I've bought commercially have been a couple mag mounts for the car.

A friend/Elmer of mine here in St Louis (Steve - WØSJS) gave me a Ten Tec Scout so I could get on HF after upgrading to General. Thanks Steve I truely appreciate it! I made my first HF contact on it October 19, 2007 with AA1KS out on Moose Island, Maine. I have since bought an Icom 751A for my HF operations and I gave my sister the Scout (with Steve's blessing) since she had upgraded to General.  In January 2015 I sold the Icom 751A at our local hamfest and bought an Icom 718.

My sister got her Technician license in October of 2009 shortly after bought a Yaesu FT-2900R. After she got her rig all hooked up she was also able to link in to an IRLP node near her and we've had many QSO through it. In February 2011 she upgraded to General and hopefully soon I can work her on HF. Anyway, her callsign is KD8MGB.  Update:  I finally was able to work my sister on 10 October 2014 at 02:23 UTC.

About my QSL card - I am a Nautical Cartographer (make maps for ships to use) and to give us a feel for how the mariners use our products - allowing us to make a better product, our office sends our cartographers out on ships. In July 2012 I spent nine days on the Joseph L. Block, a 730 foot long bulk cargo freighter on the Great Lakes. To get from Indiana Harbor to Duluth, Minnesota we had to pass under the Mackinac Bridge going from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. As we were making the turn to the channel that runs between Mackinac Island and Round Island, the stern of the boat was nearly centered with the bridge and I just had to take a picture of it. I like the picture so much I decided to make a QSL card out of it.
Now to the personal stuff - I'm married with three sons ages 23, 21 & 19. All three of the boys were in Boy Scouts and  I was an Assistant Scoutmaster in the troop.

As a Scout Leader, I also work on combining radio with Scouts. Several years I set up a Jamboree On The Air station at Beaumont Scout Camp just southwest of St Louis, Missouri. I've also helped others with other JOTA stations some other years.

About my callsign. I get a lot of questions about why I have such a "strange" vanity callsign. It's to honor my family - my wife's name starts with K, my name starts with D, my three sons' names from oldest to youngest start with J, B & N and we live in "zero land".





Here's my incentive to learn code!

** I support theDX Code of Conduct**

Please read the Codehttp://www.dx-code.org/and use it as your
guide to help keep DXing fun.

I also support the Contester's Code of Conduct -http://www.dx-code.org/contest.html



The pictures below are groups of Scouts I was working with during the

2008 Jamboree On The Air.


Below is my 20 meter inverted V on a "Boy Scout Style" mast


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