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Jon Scharbrough

Fort Myers 339162830
United States, FL

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Call data

Last update:2018-05-20 02:44:04
QTH:Fort Myers, FL
Main prefix:K
Federal state:FL
US county:Lee, Florida
Longitude:81, 49, 47W
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5

QSL data

Last update:2018-05-20 02:38:42
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no
Extra QSL Info:QRZ, Com,


My home is in Fort Myers FL, I am slowly getting my shack at home put together and refined.
The basis for my shack right now is a Yaesu FT-991 for HF work, an FT-8900 for local repeater use, and an FTM-100DR and HRI-200 WiresX interface for Wires-X (node #11521). After I got the 991, my trusty old 857 became my mobile rig. I found that I didn't work much HF mobile (Although when I did I had a lot of fun with it. When I traded into a smaller car there was just no place to put the FT-857, so I'm saving it for an upcoming go box project.

HF Antennas are a G5RV wire, and an Alpha EZ Military vertical antenna. VHF/UHF antenna is a Diamond D-50. Also have a brand new Comet GP-6 and 40 feet of tower waiting to go up when weather, equipment, and help are all in alignment.

You might hear me on the local freqs and repeaters from Naples to Sarasota. Usually found scanning local 2 meter and 70cm repeaters wherever I am, as well as working HF. I also enjoy using Allstar and Echolink Nodes, Yaesu System Fusion (FT991, FT2DR, FTM-400DR mobile, and FTM-100DR Wires-X node #11521), DMR (CS-750). I have recently been introduced to FT8, and have been having a blast working that mode.

I enjoy working 2m and 70cm from my motorcycle mobile, a Yaesu FTM-10/SR, with a Sena 20S bluetooth. The bike is a 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90T, that goes pretty much wherever I go.

I first got the radio bug at 9 or 10, when my dad bought my brother and me a set of CB walkie talkies. At 12, dad realized my interest in radio and bought me a CB (of course, the license had to be in his name). This was way before the 11 meter band went south with everybody and their brother owning one. People actually used their call signs, as well as common courtesy on the air.

That interest in radio led to jobs, first in a retail electronics shop, then selling land mobile radio. From there I gravitated into broadcast radio (Third Phone, with Broadcast Endorsement), working at several small town radio stations. With the move to more and more automation in broadcast radio, I moved into public safety dispatching. I once joked that there were most likely more people listening to me (on scanners) as a dispatcher, than had listened to me on some of the small town radio stations on which I worked. Dispatching eventually led me into EMS, then EMS administration, and finally a thirty-some year career in health care.

I initially got my Ham License (Tech ticket) in 2002 in Greenwood, Indiana as KC9CXE, and kept my 9 call for 14 years. even though 13 of those years were in 4 land (no need to rush into things). I upgraded from Tech to Amateur Extra in April 2014 (no need to rush into things), and finally updated my call in March 2016 (again, no need to rush into things). On HF I can be found doing mostly SSB phone, FT8, and PSK31.

I am a member of Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club(, where I am also a member of the VE team. Our VE Team is affiliated with Laurel VEC (, and we administer Ham radio licensing exams once (or more) a month. I am also a member of Lee County ARES/ALERT (, and the ARRL ( ).

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