Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF
129 Pendleton Way #88
Washougal, WA 98671
Jim lives in Southwestern Washington State near the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Originally from Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim migrated to the Pacific Northwest over 30 years ago following a vacation to the area. He and Shirley, W7SAF, have two grown sons.
His passion during his 55 year amateur radio “career” is DXing and Contesting. He achieved #1 Honor Roll and currently has 368 DXCC entities worked and confirmed. He also holds numerous contesting awards as well as VUCC, CQ Magazine’s USA County Award (all 3,077 counties) and is nearing WAZ on 9 bands. He has many friends around the country and world from his radio activities and travels.
Following college, Jim served in the US Army Signal Corps for nearly four years. His last assignment was Commanding Officer of a Signal Corps Company. He used the call sign DL5JF while in Germany.
Jim has served in many amateur radio leadership positions. He was one of the founders and first president of the Greater Milwaukee (WI) DX Association, president of Willamette Valley DX Club (OR), and President of the Clark County (WA) Amateur Radio Club. He served on the ARRL Board Directors for 15 years as both Vice Director and Director of the Northwestern Division and has served on all standing committees. Jim was chairperson of the Administration and Finance Committee for three years. In January 2014, he was elected as Vice President of the American Radio League.
Jim is a graduate of Anderson University (IN) with a BA Degree in Political Science, an MBA in Finance from Indiana University, and an Accounting Degree from Portland (OR) State University. He worked approximately 24 years for manufacturing companies (heavy equipment, substation transformers, hi-tech electronics, and rocket engines) in various management roles. Additionally, he served in three school districts as Executive Director of Finance and Operations. Jim also served on a local school board and was president of the board for two years. Jim is now a retired CPA.
His mantra is “amateur radio is not just a hobby…it is a way of life”.