About K5ND

JBW Blog ImageFreelance writer and active Scouting volunteer. Retired publishing and communication executive who writes for fun and to finance his hobby, amateur radio.

I retired as Director of Communication Services at the national office of the Boy Scouts of America in 2013. My work there was in publishing and communication.

Since that time I’ve “re-wired” rather than retired with a career encore in freelance writing, which includes everything from books to blogs. You can see my career blog and writing portfolio at PathForeWord.

I actually launched my freelance writing career in 1976 with my first book and magazine articles published by Wayne Green, W2NSD, and his 73 Magazine. Following this early success, my first full-time publishing job was with Heathkit writing their home study course for the General Class Amateur Radio License Exam.

I’ve also added Scouting to my list of passions and been delighted to mix both amateur radio and Scouting in my volunteer roles. I’m the National Jamboree on the Air Organizer for the USA. I also served as the chairman for the K2BSA Amateur Radio operation at the 2013 and 2017 National Scout Jamborees at the Summit in West Virginia. Further, I’m the president and trustee for the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. You can see more at the website I’ve developed for their communication.

In 2014 I was appointed to the World JOTA-JOTI Team that is responsible for world-wide operation of Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet. The team meet each year in person to plan out that year and develop future strategy. We also meet throughout the year by web conference.

ARRL Service to Scouting AwardIn my amateur radio and Scouting work I’ve been honored with the ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award. It’s a great honor to be recognized for the work I’ve been fortunate enough to do over the years in this area. Thank you, ARRL.

I hope you’re able to get involved in JOTA-JOTI on the third weekend of October – the largest Scouting event in the world. Perhaps you can also get engaged with Scouting as a radio merit badge counselor or in the many other aspects of Scouting.

If this hasn’t been enough background, you can listen to my interview with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, at QSO Today.

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