Hello every one and thanks for looking me up. It has been my happy pleasure to to have spent so many hours on the air with so many of you, my fellow hams. I was born in 1948 in Watertown, NY and I have been an active (and sometimes inactive) ham now for 47 years. I have held all 5 classes and I took my time upgrading over the years. I have always had the philosophy that if you do it all right now you don't have anything to look forward to. I started out in 1970 as Novice class WN4QJF. I upgraded to Technician a year and a half later with the call WB4QJF which made the call as long as a bus to send and say. But, I kept it for 30 years all through General and Advanced classes until 2001 when I upgraded to Extra. At that time I requested the Extra callsign and received AG4IP and held that for another 14 years until I found that K4JTP was available and I got that. I am basically a rag chewer and like to work DX from time to time. It has been a wonderful hobby for me and I couldn't stand waking up in the morning knowing I couldn't get on the radio any more. So I'm very protective of that privelage.
I also love electric trains, playing golf, amateur astronomy and music. I have played guitar and bass guitar since my teens and a few years ago I started playing the drums which I picked up from the drummer of my first band when I was at the age of 15. Since June of 2016 I have started oil painting as another hobby. That is something I have always wanted to try and so far it shown some promise which has surprised me.
Most of my operating is on CW with a straight key and a bug now and then (I have a small collection of Vibroplex bugs from 1931 to the present), but lately I have been known to get "Off Frequency" and actually talk to someone every now and then. When I Operate CW I usually run 40 watts. On SSB I'll run a little bit more. I make adjustments when necessary. I DID get bit by the Qrp bug a few years back, and lately I have gotten pretty involved with it. So far I have 48 states confirmed and about half them are one watter's. I also work some 2 meter FM once in a while.
I am a retired printer who worked for State, City and County government. I started out at the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel newspaper in the composing room and have been in some sort of printing all my life.
If you hear me on, please don't hesitate to give me a call. I love to talk to any and all, near and far. So, 73 to all and lets have a cup of coffee together. The honor will be all mine.
Old Timers Club, WAS Award #48,537, Rag Chewers Club (the original one) and A1- Operator
See You Down the Log! Tim
My HF station consists of a Yaesu FT 950, a FT 450 ,FT 450D, (4) FT 817nd's, Ft 857 D, a Icom IC 718, a Icom 725, KENWOOD'S TS 520 and a TS 530s. Sorry no amps.
Right now for an antenna, I'm running a G5RV Jr @ 23'