YDXAThe 2020 Team

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Geoff Howard W0CG

Uli Thielke DL8OBQ
First licensed in 1963 at age 13 in Wheeling, West Virginia, as WN8KUW. College, military service, and many family moves netted other calls: WA3ILB, then WA1LHC. I selected W0CG in 1976 while living in Kansas in the Air Force. During a period living on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands in 2000, I was assigned KP2F.
I retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Colonel (Civil Engineering) in 2002, and from my "day job" in 2004 as Professor of Information Systems, Graduate School of Management, Kent State University. I also spent about 15 years in industry and government as an EE and systems analyst, with employers including the FAA, Allegheny Ludlum Steel, the RCA Aerospace Systems Division, and an administrative position at Youngstown State University.
I hold the callsign PJ2DX, am a legal resident of Curacao, and spend as much time as possible living in down there in the tropics, where it is 85 degrees and sunny 365 days a year.
Uli was first licensed 1984. He's a software engineer and travels around the world for his job and hobby. In Germany he has build the contest station DA2C together with his friend DK3DM.
Uli has been to 3D2, 9M6, CT3, EX, J3, J7, OJ0, T2, V2, ZA mostly for contests. He is member of the CCC since 2013 and had visit PJ2T 6 times.

A huge thanks to Uli who is doing this two years in a row!!!!

2020 Team Leaders


Jim Storms AB8YK


Ruth Willet

Don DuBon N6JRL
Jim is a retired IT professional and is a member of Dayton Amateur Radio Association, the Huber Height Amateur Radio Club VE team and 2014-2015 President of Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA). Currently is President of the Huber Heights Amateur Radio club and Vice-President of Dayton Amateur Radio Association. Jim is a frequent member of the TI5N CQWW contest team and supports the YXDA website. He enjoys contesting, participating in field Day, Ohio QSO Party, CQWW WPX along with other QSO contests, assisting in public service events and DXing.  Jim has been co-leader on most of the Youth DX Adventures and leader of this and last year's trip.

Jim also participates in Boy Scout activities including the Radio Merit Badge.  He was also a member of the 2010 BSA National Jamboree K2BSA team and member of the K2BSA club.

Ruth, KM4LAO, was a youth member of the 2016 Saba trip.  She joins us this year as a young leader in training of the trip.  She is a Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator from Georgia. Yay - congratulations. After discovering ham radio because of an interest in Morse code, she earned her Technician class license in June 2015. She earned her General in January 2016 and recently Extra. She is a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS), the North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL), the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL), and the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC). 


Ruth is on VHF/UHF nets weekly, including the NFARL Youth Net where she is often net control. However, her HF privileges have truly opened up the world to her! Operating either SSB or CW, Ruth loves making contacts, chasing DX, and working as many parks as possible for National Parks on the Air. In addition, she has participated in many events with local clubs, including Field Day, Maker Faire Atlanta, Girl Scout STEM Expo, Atlanta Science Festival ARISS contact, and Winter Field Day.

Don was first licensed as WN6LQM in 1963.  He has been to J6, VP2, TI5N and most notably 3Y0X in 2006. A DXer and contester Don is a retired Marine and enjoys aeronautical mobile when he is flying as a private pilot.

2020 Team

Logan Perry - KE0KZA
J Douglas Perry
J Douglas Perry
    Logan was born in 2003 and currently attends Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, CO.
    He holds an Extra Class Amateur radio license in February of 2019.  He achieved his Tech license in 2017.
    Logan has been a mentor to his friend Sam who now holds a Technical License, plus several others in the church and the neighborhood who are working towards their ham licenses or have also passed their Technical tests.  Logan never fails to encourage others to get involved with radio, including teaching classes on the subject to youth groups at church.
    His main interest is electronic applications.  Logans future plans include becoming an electrical engineer.
    Logan currently has straight As in his high school class work.
    Doug is a retired computer programmer and a former communications officer in the US Marine Corps.
    Doug is a Vietnam veteran.
    He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
    Doug was born in 1946.

Brennan Long - K6BFL
Troy Long  - N0TMD

Terry Scott - NV8E