WN8HHJ - John E. 'Jay' Edel WN8HHJ

John E. 'Jay' Edel
Findlay, OH

QCWA # 27167
Chapter 18

While I am licensed under my formal name of John, I go by Jay.

I have been WN8HHJ since I received my first novice call in 1970 through the Massillon, Ohio Amatuer Radio Club. I remember my Dad, K8LBZ-SK, opening the envelope from the FCC and he said, "HHJ", "Hard Headed Jerk," and he laughed. I prefer "Hop, Hop and a Jump." Yes, the call is an old "novice-type" call but it was because I let the original license lapse when I entered college in 1972. I retook the novice exam through the Van Wert, Ohio Amateur radio club in 1977, (within the 5-year grace period) and at that time reapplied for my old call. At the time, the FCC was issuing "WD8" calls for novices.

My brother, Frank, is N4ZSI, and my sons are both hams, Chad, KC8UML and Jon, KC8UMM. I am active in the Findlay Radio Club, W8FT, and I am president of the Findlay Area QCWA chapter.

My most favorite place from which to operate is from our 100-acre family farm in West Virginia. The farm has been in our family for over 110 years. We camp at about 1240 feet above sea level, which is the highest point of our property. The farm is located in North Central West Virginia.

My wife Debbie and I have been married for 30 years. I have been a financial advisor for 15 years and became a CFP (r) in 2004.


June 27, 2015