NJ3H Bio

The following paragraphs are from my QRZ.com webpage:


I was born in Washington, D.C. on August 20, 1952.

HAM RADIO HISTORY:  Ham radio operator since 1976, first licensed as WB4QWB in Alexandria, Virginia. Then in 1978 I became KA1BIZ, while living in Marietta, Georgia. In 1981, I was issued KD4DM. After upgrading to Extra in 1987, I was issued the call NJ3H, which I still use today.

HAM RADIO AWARDS:  DXCC Honor Roll (missing only one country on the current list), 6BWAS (80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 10), WAC, WAZ, and ARRL Triple Play.


LISTENING INTERESTS:  Medium Wave, Long Wave, Short Wave, RTTY, WEFAX, Scanning (police, fire, air).  SWL registrations: WPE1HTY (1968), WPC4AA (2012).

EQUIPMENT:  Kenwood TS-940S, Yaesu FT-1802, Yaesu FT-60R, Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, Wellbrook Loop ALA1530AL-2, Portable 50-foot Super Loop, portable BOG, SignaLink USB.  The Perseus is a fantastic Long Wave, Medium Wave, and Short Wave receiver.  With limited space and HOA restrictions, the Wellbrook antenna and the Perseus have yielded some interesting Medium Wave DX from Virginia (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, England, France, Germany, Spain, Iran, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Algeria, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia).

ORGANIZATIONS:  ARRL, 10-10 (#26352), SKCC (#9096), NAQCC (#6071), OMISS (#8737), EchoLink (Node 3135).

EDUCATION/WORK HISTORY:  Attended elementary and junior high school in Maryland and high school in Connecticut. A graduate (’74) of the University of Connecticut with a BSE in Civil Engineering. Beginning in June 1974, worked for the US Army as a civilian, the last 27 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. My job took me to many interesting places around the world – Alaska, Saudi Arabia (living there for 5 years), all over Europe, Russia (47 trips), Belarus, Morocco, China, Israel, Egypt, other Middle East countries, and Afghanistan. I gave up the great travel on 3 Jan 2008, when I retired. I also retired my Professional Engineers license (Minnesota – by exam) in 2010.

FAMILY:  Married, for the second time in 1996, to Carolyn, who is retired after 31 years as a high school special education teacher. I have one son from my first marriage, who is in the computer field, his wife, a grandson eight years-old, and a granddaughter six years-old – all living in Stephens City, Virginia. I have a step-son, who works for the Forest Service in Oregon, his wife, and a baby boy born in September 2014. 

CURRENT LOCATION:  My wife and I moved from Stephens City, Virginia to Redmond, Oregon in January 2016.



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My current QSL card (front and back) is shown below:

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The current Solar-Terrestrial data is shown below:


The current Network Traffic Report is shown below:

The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.


The current Day/Night and Gray Line map:

Current Gray-Line Position



The following are the major pieces of ham radio equipment that I have owned.  Actually, I wished I still had every one of them.

My first rig was purchased in July 1976 at Hamtronics in Trevose, PA.  It was a Kenwood TS-700A.


My first HF rig was a Heathkit HW-101, that I purchased used in 1976.


Every ham had to have portable 2-meter equipment.  I had a Drake TR-33C, which was stolen in a move from Virginia to Atlanta.  It was replaced with a Kenwood TR-2200A.



In 1977, I bought an Atlas 210-X, the Atlas -206 (external VFO) and the mountain console.  The Atlas may have been the first 100w solid state rig.

Atlas 210x

Atlas 206 - 1

In 1977, I built the the Heathkit Keyer, HD-1410.


Before relocating to Atlanta, I purchased a Kenwood TS-7400A for the car.


Also had a KDK FM-2016A 2-meter transceiver and an IC211 multi-mode 2 meter transceiver.



Purchasing of ham radio equipment and ham radio itself stopped from August 1980 until June 1985 while I lived in Saudi Arabia.

The following equipment was purchased in the late 1980s:  Kenwood TS-430, Kenwood TS-940, PK232, TL-922A amplifier, Kenwood TM-411 and TM-211, Kenwood TR-2600.







From 1988 until 2002, I had a 3-element beam at feet feet in the backyard.  Upon moving 2 miles away to an HOA community, ham radio activities were curtailed and very little activity occurred.  I did erect a vertical antenna, purchased a 2-meter rig (Yaesu FT-1802), a handie-talkie (Yaesu FT-60), and a SignaLink USB.  Except for the 940 and the 922, all other equipment had been sold.