amateur radio station NØJY / HK5JY

in april 2015 i had the honor of being interviewed by eric guth, 4z1ug, for his qso today podcast series.  you can learn more about my amateur radio experience by listeneing to the podcast at

I was first licensed in 1972 when I got my Novice ticket as WNØHUS.

I upgraded to General in 1974 and became WBØHUS, upgrading to my Advanced ticket in 1977.  After I passed the Extra exam in 1998 I applied for the vanity call NØJY in March of 1999.  My amateur radio interests include working the satellites, DXing and VHF packet.

Being that my XYL KD5FCQ is from Colombia, in 2011 we went to the Ministry of Telecommunications in Bogota, Colombia to apply for my Colombian amateur radio license and I now also hold the call HK5JY.

One of my greatest thrills in amateur radio was a contact I had with John Blaha, KC5TZQ when he was aboard the Russian Mir space station, in January 1997. I was mobile, on my way to work when Mir came up over the horzon and John was there calling CQ!

I retired from BNSF Railway at the end of March 2013 and I now devote my time as Vice President - Engineering for AMSAT-NA and as District Radio Officer for Texas State RACES District 4 Hurst.  I am also a member of Hood County RACES, Hood County ARES, and a member of the Hood County Amateur Radio Club.

In support of our local Skywarn and simply for fun, I maintain a weather station with a 2 meter APRS connection using the Byonics WXTrak (NØJY-4 on as well as a display of the weather on this web page (see Bentwater Weather link at top of page) so the current weather readings are always available to interested parties in our area of Texas.

My XYL (KD5FCQ) and I live about 3 miles northeast of Granbury TX, which is about 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Please feel free to explore my station and antennas using the tabs at the top of the page.

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