Jim Renfrew, United States
live in Byron NY. I am 52 years old and married
in March 2005 to Robin Dunnington. I have a twenty
two year old son Roberto Renfrew-Marquez.
I have been DXing since Christmas
1965 when I found a Heathkit set under the tree.
That Heathkit had some of the loudest heterodynes
ever generated, but from the moment I dug out WHLO
640 from Akron I was hooked for life. I have DXed
from New Canaan CT, Severna Park MD, Rochester NY,
30 miles west of Rochester in Byron NY, and now,
since January 2007, in Holley NY, 25 miles west
of Rochester. I am a pastor serving the First Presbyterian
Church of Byron and Stone Church Presbyterian Church
in Bergen, and I am now in my 24th year of ordained
ministry. Though I work long hours, I also have
flexibility in my schedule which allows me to DX
at odd times of day.
The steadiest interest in my
radio hobby is Medium Wave, and as of January 2007
I have logged more than 2200 stations from nearly
60 countries, 47 US states, and all of the Canadian
provinces. I have also had a long-time interest
in Shortwave, and I have logged approximately 160
countries as defined by NASWA. Since about 1985
I have added FM and TV DX to my interests, with
over 1700 FMs and over 300 TVs logged. On occasion
I also look for LW beacons. All of these hobbies
are being impacted by new technologies, but I am
optimistic that there is lots of fun to be had in
this hobby for years to come.
I belong to the National Radio
Club, North American Shortwave Association, World
FM TV DX Association, and Medium Wave Circle. For
many years I edited the International DX Digest
Column in NRC's DX News.
My biggest hobby endeavor in
recent years has been participation in MW DXpeditions
to Newfoundland, along with John Burnell, John Fisher,
Neil Kazaross, Mark Connelly, Bruce Conti, David
Clark, Chuck Hutton and some others who were there
at different times than I.
(written in January