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John M. Greene

Gaithersburg 20878-5878
United States, Maryland

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Call data

Last update:2021-02-21 16:06:31
Main prefix:K
Federal state:Maryland
US county:Montgomery
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:2869197

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2020-05-22 00:23:00
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES


I have been active in radio most of my entire 59 years. Began with SWL on a GE 3-band portable in central Massachusetts, and still remember the thrill of first receiving Radio Peking and Radio Australia when I first got my Realistic DX-160 on a longwire antenna.

Played with CB during the craze (handle was Bookworm), and you would have thought amateur radio would be the next logical step - but I went sideways into broadcasting! Held the 3rd Class Radiotelephone Operator's License with Broadcast Endorsement still required in the 70's (still have the Restricted Radiotelephone Operators Permit), and was a volunteer board operator on a Gates console for public radio WICN, 90.5 FM, Worcester that led to a Sunday night gig on WNEB, 1230 AM, which had a country format then. Called myself Jay Greene on the air.

Kind of lost my radio way in college and grad school, but came back to fulfill the lifelong goal of becoming an amateur radio operator in 1995 just after my son was born, beginning with Technician Plus under the N3VLL callsign. My ex-XYL also earned her Technician's license as N3VRF. Finally took and passed the General Class exam, and then found a vanity call sign to honor my alma mater - W3MIT.

I was the Secretary/Treasurer of the NIH Radio Amateur Club (NIHRAC) for six years and remain a member, Trustee of their W3NIH callsign, and also a member of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club. I upgraded to Amateur Extra Class on June 11, 2016 - thanks to the Laurel VEC for all three license levels, and to the Anne Arundel Radio Club for the Extra exam.

I've worked the GOTA station for the Randallstown Amateur Radio Club (a 50 year continuous tradition in 2020) using callsign K3MZ on Field Day from 1830' AMSL at Washington Monument State Park, Maryland - and the second year, made the max allowed for GOTA of 100 QSO's all over the nation on 40 and 20 M, the day I had always dreamed of since I became a ham. I'm not a big contester, but all these years have given me some game at digging out weak signals. More interested in ragchewing. I have started to check into the 40M ECARS, SouthCARS (numbers below), and Nightwatch nets.

I finally bought a RigExpert antenna analyzer and now can get my Buddistick on the air from a tripod on the townhouse patio table fairly rapidly with some success with my inherited Kenwood TS-830S (de AE3Y/SK), with matching VFO-230, SP-230 speaker, and AT-230 tuner. Also have a TS-440S/AT borrowed from NIHRAC. I just added an Ultimax DXtreme 33' end-fed antenna as a sloper, which lets me get on 80 and 40M much easier. Living in a townhouse makes it hard for antennas!

I was at the ARRL Centennial National Convention in Hartford (and am a member of the Order of the Wouff Hong now).

73 de W3MIT


-Montgomery Amateur Radio Club (MARC)
-National Institutes of Health Radio Amateur Club (NIHRAC)
-ECARS #30728
-SCARS #13493


Kenwood TS-830S/AT-230/VFO-230/SP-230
Kenwood TS440S/AT on loan from NIH Radio Amateur Club
Buddistick antenna
Ultimax DXtreme 33' end fed antenna as sloper with high end ~28 feet
2 Radio Shack HTX-202 2M HTs and a Wouxun UVD1P 2M/70cm HT

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