Fascinated with Program/Project Management, Systems Engineering, RF, Analog, and Digital ("ones and zeros"), and Amateur Radio!
I go by “JJ”.
The website's pages are still in-work with more to come in the future. They seem to be updated when needed since going "live" -- "typos" and spelling errors are being corrected when seen along with addiional content being added. One area still being worked is "fleshing-out" the Projects tab.
The website has only been active since November 2020.
CW Proficiency (after all of these years)
There is a strong interest in getting back into CW building proficiency, skills, and speed -- basicallly, I want to be better and more comfortable with it.
There was the time in the mid-to-late 1980s when somewhat proficient making regular CW QSOs from my Texas QTHs progressing from around 5WPM as a Novice to 20WPM as an Extra. Then, with heading OCONUS for work with my wife of 2 years in early 1990, I just sort of "dropped" operating CW though remaining active with SSB and digital modes.
After 30+ years now, the desire to be comfortable with CW has returned. In rediscovering CW, a structured daily approach needed to be established. Acting on that desire, I signed up for the CW Ops CW Academy (CWA) Basic Class during the summer of 2021. That CWA's SEP-OCT21 Basic Class and the Intermediate Class (JAN-FEB22) have been completed. Wanting more proficiency, I requested to "redo" the CWA's Intermediate Class for the MAY-JUN22 session. I plan on contributing as an Associate Advisor for my CWA Advisor's Beginner Class for the JAN-FEB23 session.
If you are interested in having a QSO working on brushing-up your CW operating skills as I am, then please reach-out to me via an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mac-Based Amateur Radio Applications
This much revised Mac-Based Amateur Radio Applications guide is now available from the Amateur Radio/Mac Amateur Radio Digital Applications area. The guide is focused on the current Kenwood TS-990S Transceiver, MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1, 2021), MacOS 12.5 Monterey, and current applications (such as MacLoggerDX, WSJT-X, and fldigi). This complete revision includes reorganization; new figures; updated text, figures, and photos; along with updating the MLDX, fldigi, and WSJT-X sections. This new revision now includes sections on SkookumLogger and WinKeyer USB (running MacWinKeyer).
The Mac-Based Amateur Radio Applications guide started as a personal project documenting configuration challenges and trials mainly getting fldigi configured and logically integrated with MacLoggerDX (MLDX) using a Macintosh computer (Mac) and a Kenwood TS-990S HF/50MHz Transceiver during 2018. WSJT-X and its configuration and integration with MLDX were also documented. I figured that if I struggled with the configuration and integration with MLDX, fldigi, and WSJT-X and succeeded; then there may be others "out there" that could benefit. That initial version of the guide remains available from the Amateur Radio/Mac Amateur Radio Digital Applications area.
Forthcoming -- In the near-term, probably in late NOV or early DEC22, there will be an sizeable update with the following areas:
new area or documentation describing the integration of a Kenwood TS-590S
significant update describing a cleaner, better way for the passing of log information from fldigi to MLDX.
Cleanup and update for the new MacOS (Ventura, 13.0) along with the current MLDX, WSJT-X, and fldigi versions
Old VK8JJ website persists on qsl.net
The first attempt creating a website still languishes "out there" on qsl.net at https://www.qsl.net/vk8jj/. It was created shortly after returning to Alice Springs in APR98. Unfortunately due to work and family, it was never updated after moving to another residence about a year later (where we lived for another 5+ years until returing back to the US and Colorado in 2004). It had been several years since last seeing it -- thinking that it might have been deleted.
Added "QCX with Blown Finals" page under "Projects"
Added "Kent Twin Paddle Key Kit" under "Projects"
Added "Station Diagrams" page under "Amateur Radio"
Updates, corrections, and edits
Inserted updated diagrams under the "Amateur Radio / Station Diagrams"
Inserted "N3ZN SL Key - Fingerpieces" page under "Projects"
Added "Marine Mechanic" under "Professional"
Updated the Amateur Radio/Mac Amateur Radio Digital Applications inlcuding current and major revision to the Mac-Based Amateur Radio Applications guide.
Added "Life is Simple" in Favorites/Humor
Recofigured tabs adding Amateur Radio Guides tab. Now have Mac Amateur Radio Digital Applications under new Amateur Radio Guides tab
EchoHam Guide (to be added very soon)