Radio: it's not just a hobby, it's a way of life

Current Operating Frequency and Mode


SCHEDULED ACTIVITY: CQ 474.5 kHz CW by 0020z through sunset


About John KB5NJD / WG2XIQ

For nearly 30 years John has been continuously active on the HF and MF bands.  John started his ham career in high school, being elmered by DXer Jimmy Miles, KA5V, and was immediately bitten by the DX bug. John recently completed 9-band DXCC on CW and has 315 countries confirmed overall.

At the start of his ham career, John was active with the National Traffic System where he was not only a net control station for the DFW Traffic Net but also functioned as a liaison to both CW and phone traffic nets. From 2000 to 2010 John spent considerable time operating in CW contests including ARRL 160, ARRL CW Sweepstakes, Stew Perry Topband DX Challenge, and Texas QSO Party where he was fortunate to win his category or be a serious contender for many of those years.

John’s passion with the LF and MF bands started at age 11 with an article in Radio-Electronics magazine about the 1750m band. After a few years of supplying reports to the ARRL 600 meter research group in the early 2000’s, John applied for his own Part 5 experimental grant on the 630 meter band, under the call sign WG2XIQ, where he spends most of his time making CW QSOs and studying propagation and antennas using modes like WSPR. Professionally, John has worked in engineering fields related software development and broadcasting and most recently doctoral research in physical chemistry.  He is also the contributing editor of the quarterly MF and LF column in CQ Magazine entitled, “MF and LF operating:  Life below the AM broadcast band”.