First Call: KB9JMU issued in 1995
James K. 'Jim' Adams
QCWA # 38129
I was a shortwave listener in my teens and collected a few QSL cards, discovered 11m in the 1970s, licensed as a Technician on March 8, 1995 and upgraded to General on June 3, 2000. Most of my log entries were on 10m with a 25 watt radio and a hamstick dipole as I collected contacts for WAS and DXCC. In late 2003, I got a new (smaller) car and the six mobile radios that I was using in my GMC Jimmy went into storage.
I became inactive for 15 years, but I kept all of my equipment with the intention of building a new ham shack someday. After purchasing a new (larger) SUV, a move to a larger home and some interior renovations, that day has come and I'm back on the air, still working on my WAS and DXCC. Hunting POTA. Chasing SOTA. Member: ARRL, 10-10, Mid-State ARC in Franklin, Indiana, OOTC and QCWA.
I attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana (Class of '78) and received a Telecommunications BS degree with a music minor. My first FCC exam was Element 9 with Broadcast Endorsement which allowed me to operate commercial AM and FM stations (WHYT, Noblesville; WFBM, Noblesville; WNON, Lebanon; WAJC, Indianapolis).
Speleology. Once a caver, always a caver. After many active years, I've become a checkbook caver and claim membership in the National Speleological Society, the Central Indiana Grotto, the Indiana Karst Conservancy and the Indiana Cave Survey. Many cavers that I got to know in the early 1990s were ham operators, often volunteering for assignments during cave rescue call-outs and talk-ins for various caving events. That's what sparked my interest in ham radio.
Also, as a result of my caving activities (KB9 Just Me Underground), I enjoy collecting mining-related artifacts, especially carbide lamps. As a musician, I play bass guitar, guitar and other assorted instruments from time-to-time. I'm also a birder and 2A supporter. Hobbies are my hobby because I want to learn all about stuff.
And I really enjoy reading QRZ bios and seeing photos of your world.
Radios and Accessories:
Kenwood TS-180S HF, Kenwood TM-742 6m/2m/70cm, ICOM IC-2730A 2m/70cm, Radio Shack HTX-10 10m, Yaesu FT-3DR 2m/70cm, ICOM IC-24AT 2m/70cm, Sears RoadTalker 11m, Radio Shack Pro 2037 Scanner, MFJ-949E & MFJ-929 tuners, Hy-Gain 14AVQ vertical antenna (40m, 20m, 15m, 10m), various mobile antennas, a 2m 5/8 wave base vertical and hamstick dipoles.
December 30, 2019