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John W. Ditmar Jr.

Spring Lake 49456
United States, MI

united states
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Call data

Last update:2023-03-18 18:57:27
Main prefix:K
Federal state:MI
US county:Ottawa
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:4
ULS record:3879916

Most used bands


Most used modes


QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2023-02-13 23:53:08
Bureau QSL:YES
Direct QSL:YES


Thank you for visiting my site.

This site is dedicated to my Elmer, Cliff Cole, who became an SK in 2018. Thanks also to Cliff's son Mike!

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 53 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!

Worked DXCCs:


I am using a Kenwood TS 830 S transceiver. My backup is a Kenwood TS 130 S transceiver.
My antenna is a G5RV at 70 ft. As of August 16, 2022 I added a Cushcraft mini vertical MA-5VA So I can work additional bands.
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!

Old Chinese Saying: "The rigid twig soon snaps in a strong wind, but the flexible twig lives to see another sunrise." Words to live by.

QRZCQ Awards

DXCC 100
ITU 40
CQ 30

DX Code Of Conduct

dx code of conduct small logoI support the "DX Code Of Conduct" to help to work with each other and not each against the others on the bands.

Other images

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W8JWD / Camping in Michigans’ Upper Peninsula
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W8JWD / Pic A
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W8JWD / Dayton with my middle son shortly after the plane was taken out of service.
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W8JWD / Pic C
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W8JWD / Restoring a Yamaha 250cc Big Bear 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. He was a family member for 13 years.
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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 in Muskegon.
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W8JWD / From CB radio days in the mid sixties.
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W8JWD / My first and only cb radio, an RCA Mark VII

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