Welcome to the new W8JXN website!
Firstly, please allow me introduce myself. My call is AD8GN and I am a new ham, first licensed as a Technician on 11/18/2020. In the next five weeks til Christmas 2020, I immersed myself in all things radio; joining local clubs, joining far away clubs, expanding my new collection of radios and antennas, reaching out and contacting other hams, excited to find a great new world ahead of me!
Although brand new to amateur radio, I have several decades of experience with a ‘general practitioner’ mix of IT skills – websites, servers, networks, computers, etc.. imagine how surprised I was when I found the roots to so many protocols (Control Characters, X.25, TCP/IP) had their roots in radiography! I’m excited to find more ways to augment my previous IT skill set with RF technology.
Members of the Cascades Area Radio Society were my first contacts into the RF world (sent my first timid email questions to Gary, W8KM) and had my first on the air contact (QSO) with Dick, KA8VLN, and have now met many more Jackson area hams on the air and thank them all for my rapid entry into the hobby, answering the many questions that I have had. So much so, that within several weeks, on 12/13/20, I was able to pass my Amateur Extra exam and received my new call sign the next day.
With my previous IT experience, a desire to help the club grow and develop new hams in the area, and in gratitude for the club, I’ve volunteered to help ‘merge’ the previous two websites of the club, into this new website. With that, I shall keep this post short – whether you’ve been in our hobby for decades or have just wandered in here in your first explorations, please know this site is here for you – please don’t hesitate to reach out on the air, or via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you have any questions, see any errors or corrections, or have any suggestions for the website.