KL2A Jon Kimball
Team: North America 7
Occupation: Entertainment and Events
I was born and raised in Alaska. My grandfather (W6RST, W7JXY) taught me the Morse code at age 7 and I was licensed at 13. My other Elmers were KL7Y, K7SS, and PJ1B’s A-team. At 14, I walked into a Northwest DX Convention and met many of the major players in Zone 3. I was hooked.
I am raising a family in a western mountain town and spend my time between Seattle, Austin, and Snowbird, Utah.
Since I was 14 years old running DX pile ups over the pole through the dark, cold and sometimes aurora lit winter nights while growing up in Alaska, I dreamed of exotic travel and DXpedition outposts to power on my radios. At 16 on I’ve venture out to various locales from El Salvador to Tokyo, Dubai to the Himalaya’s, Caribbean and back to Alaska, returning with great friendships after communing over culture and radio contesting.
WRTC Boston will be a coming home reunion for me, communing once again with many of the world’s best-known contesters I met along the way. There is no greater fraternity on Earth.