Who Is This Maass Guy, Anyway?
I'm Jeff Maass,
licensed as K8ND (Amateur
Radio), and USPSA
Life Member L-1192. I live in Central Ohio.
My primary interest in Amateur Radio are Contesting and 160 Meter operating. I'm a member of the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC) contest club in the US Midwest, and the Caribbean Contesting Consortium (CCC), a group of contesting Radio Amateurs who have built and operate one of the top contest station in the World. Our house/station is on the island of Curacao in the southern Caribbean, on a 37-foot cliff overlooking the Caribbean. The facility is called Signal Point, and uses the callsign PJ2T in Contests. There is a PJ2T Facebook page.
PJ2T is one of the top contest stations in the World, and has been determined to be the most logged callsign in Amateur Radio contests for each of the past several years. For a few years, I've served as Station Manager for the PJ2T station, and serve on the Board of Directors for CCC. (NOTE: The PJ2T facility, which includes permanent four full-power stations and three towers with monobanders and many other antennas for operation on 160-6 meters, is available for rent by any license Radio Amateur. )
In my working life, I'm a Senior Software Engineer developing embedded software for LayerZero Power Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of power monitoring and switching systems. Our products are used primarily in computer data centers, although some are installed in industrial facilities which require high-uptime power to guarantee 24/7 operation.
I shot USPSA/IPSC practical shooting matches from 1992 through 2002 (when work took over all my free time). I am USPSA Life Member L-1192, currently classified A-Class in Open and B-Class in Limited. My two open class match guns were built by Matt McLearn at McLearn's Custom Machines (now M2i Custom Tactical). They are MCM Signature Series built with Caspian frames and slides, C-More red-dot scopes, Schuemann 5-port, 1:32 twist Hybricomp barrels in caliber 9x21. These guns have proven 100% reliable and very accurate when I do my reloading chores well. Matt also enhanced a concealed carry gun for me, a Springfield EMP in .40 S&W. A second EMP in 9mm serves as a backup concealed carry gun.
I served as USPSA/IPSC Match Director for the Pickaway County Sportsmen in Circleville Ohio from 1993-1995, assisted in 1996, and was MD again for 1999-2002.
Designing courses of fire has always been one of the fun parts of our sport for me. I'm certified (now expired) as an NROI Chief Range Officer (CRO), and while recovering from back surgery and during frustrating periods when my job kept me from shooting matches in 1997, I started re-drafting some of my favorite stage designs and creating some new ones. This became the "Unofficial Sourcebook of USPSA/IPSC Courses of Fire - Volume 1", which has been available from the USPSA site since March 1998, and now is available on this site. I have not updated these lists or web sites in 15 years.
I can be reached by email