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Jeffrey L. Evans

North Ridgeville 44039-1101
United States, OH

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Call data

Last update:2019-12-19 21:05:34
QTH:North Ridgeville, Ohio
Continent:NA
Views:431
Main prefix:K
Class:General
Federal state:OH
US county:USA
Latitude:41.4080497
Longitude:-82.0444699
Locator:EN81XJ
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:4
ULS record:404243

QSL data

Last update:2012-10-01 22:33:16
Bureau Manager:KB8ZYE
eQSL QSL:YES
Bureau QSL:YES
Direct QSL:YES
LoTW QSL:YES

Biography

I caught the radio bug at 9 years old listening to a crystal receiver we had in our farm house. As I got a little older I was able to scrounge a second-hand receiver and loved hearing AM stations a few 100 miles away. It might as well have been on the other side of the earth to me. As I better understood when to listen and where I discovered short wave stations actually on the other side of the planet. Listening to a foreign broadcast or finding a numbers station amazed me. This held me over until, in my early teens, I purchased a scanner and was given a CB. I soon realized there were hams near me and traffic nets being run nightly on 2 meters. A bit of a night owl listening to Coast to Coast AM, short wave and local repeaters was just magical! Especially by the glow of a backlit VFO.

In my early twenties a friend of my father suggested I go to an amateur radio class with him. He and I completed the class, studied for a few weeks, got our tickets and joined the club that had given the class. This opened up a whole new world and group of friends.

Little did I know then I would hold several offices in that club including treasure and president as well as sit on the technical committee for several years. I met my Elmer there who led the technical committee. He pushed me to upgrade, be involved in the workings of the club and understand the theory and honor the privilege of being a ham. I always admired the level of respect such a soft-spoken unassuming man was given by all.

Since I have been involved in all the typical things like ARES, Skywarn, contesting and so on. I have held several offices in local clubs and within the ARRL. A group of friends and I revived Field Day in our county, launched D-STAR in Ohio, put up a couple repeaters and created several annual special events. We even activated a 100-year-old lighthouse for 5 years straight that had never been operated from. We felt as if we were the rarest of DX!

As I have raised a family and become established in life I have assembled a very nice station. This through years of buying, selling, trading and saving my pennies. I now have time to chase DX & grid squares, rag chew on local repeaters and still listen to my scanners any time I want. I am lucky enough to work from my home office / shack keeping my rigs on all the time. I am very blessed to have a XYL willing to put up with my radio addiction.

I discovered QRP a few years back and now focus a good bit of time operating from camp grounds we visit or the back of my wife’s family farm we live on.

After 25 years being licensed I am still amazed every day by the magic of ham radio!

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