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John W. Ditmar Jr.

Spring Lake 49456
United States, MI

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Call data

Last update:2019-06-24 22:03:29
Main prefix:K
Federal state:MI
US county:Ottawa
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:4
ULS record:3879916

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QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2019-10-04 21:20:01
Bureau QSL:YES
Direct QSL:YES


Thank you for visiting my site.

This site is dedicated to my Elmer, Cliff Cole, who became a SK in 2018.

I have always been fascinated with electronics since I was in elementary school, starting with bringing a rocket crystal radio to class and demonstrating it. In 9th grade a friend and I each assembled an AM broadcaster from Allied Radio and used it to talk and play music in my neighborhood. We both took down our extended outdoor wire antennas and shut down our stations when one day I was playing a record and checking the range of my broadcaster using an AM radio while riding on my bike, and was petrified when I could hear my music 6 miles away. Since I was 6 or 7 I regularly listened to Radio Moscow, Radio Havana, Quito Ecuador, Voice of America, BBC and other SW stations, as well as Hams. Jan and I have been married for 49 years with 3 grown sons and recently we both retired. Now I have time to pursue amateur radio, which has been a lifelong dream. We are all brothers and sisters as part of the worldwide family here on planet Earth. As Hams we can make a difference and make the world a better place with each contact we make. Peace to all. I look forward to talking with you!

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I am using a Kenwood TS 130S 100 watt transceiver that was recently taken out of storage by my elmer with very few hours on it.
My antenna is a new (as of 2018) G5RV inverted V about 50 feet above our house at the apex.
My Tech license was awarded in December 2016. My General was awarded in February 2017, and my Extra on April 1, 2017. My Elmer told me with only 100 watts and a wire, you can build friendships around the world, and he was right. Happy DX'ing!

QRZCQ Awards

ITU 30
CQ 20

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W8JWD / Camping in Michigans’ Upper Peninsula
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W8JWD / Current setup
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W8JWD / Discone for 2 meters
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W8JWD / G5RV apex over the house at 50 feet.
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W8JWD / Restoring and Riding a cycle like the one I had In 1966
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W8JWD / Standing on the right end is my father who was an aircraft mechanic crew chief in the Pacific in WW2
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W8JWD / Extra 300 stunt plane......what a ride!
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W8JWD / Max
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W8JWD / My home from 1971 to 1973
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W8JWD / Winter here
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W8JWD / Local airshow a few years ago
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W8JWD / Tha Mighty Mac
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W8JWD / My first and only cb radio, an RCA Mark VII

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