Welcome to the W5JCK.com Website

I'm Jack Swinden. Welcome to my newly redesigned website designed to showcase and provide resources for my hobbies and passions: amateur radio, astrophotography, and community service.

I reside in Everman, Texas in the southwest part of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, grid square EM12ip. I hold an Extra Class license with code (well code lite anyway) and actually studied for my exams rather than just memorizing the answers like so many do today.


In last few years I've developed a passion for nightsky or astrophotography, so I have set aside a part of this website to showcase my photographs and videos as well as to discuss related resources and methods.

Amateur Radio

I'm an active ham and a member of the Arlington CERT and the Tarrant County RACES, and I'm a W5YI Volunteer Examiner. I operate HF, VHF, and UHF. I have both analog and digital (D-STAR and Yaesu System Fusion) capability.