John was first licensed as WV2BQJ in 1958 while living in Syracuse, NY. In 1976, John's career took him to Silicon Valley, where he reconnected with amateur radio in the late 90s.
In addition to currently serving as a Director of NCDXF, John is Past-President of the Northern California Contest Club (2008-2009), a founding member of the CW Operators’ Club, and a Director of the Northern California DX Club (NCDXC). John co-chaired the 2011 and 2013 International DX Convention meetings in Visalia, CA, and will do so again in 2015. He is also on the editorial staff of the National Contest Journal reponsible for the NCJ Profiles Column.
John was a member of the 2010 PJ7E Sint Maarten DXpedition; the pilot and webmaster for both the 2012 NH8S Swains Island and 2013 C82DX Mozambique DXpeditions; and an operator and webmaster for the 2014 K9W Commemorative DXpedition To Wake Atoll.
His article entitled"The No Excuses 160M Vertical " won the cover plaque award for the June 2009 issue of QST. His latest publication, "Post-Contest Log Analyzers: Releasing the Gorilla in your Cabrillo" appeared in the March/April 2012 issue of the National Contest Journal.
To capture some of his best memories of ham radio including his extensive DX QSL card collection, John designed his own website in early 2006: k6mm.com
Since then he has created websites for a number of DXpeditions and amateur radio organizations, including NCDXF:
For the last decade, John has focused heavily on DXing, Contesting, and recruiting new operators into the hobby. His current DXCC total stands at 330 worked and confirmed. He holds 8-Band DXCC and 5-Band WAS.
John recently retired after careers in research, marketing, and sales in the pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, and human resources industry. He holds BS and MS degrees from Syracuse University, an MBA from Pepperdine University and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University.
In addition to his four grandchildren, John's interests include website design, piano music composition, and exploring the back roads of the Bay Area on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.