I maintain two QTH’s one in Michigan (summer) and one in North Carolina (winter)
Originally licensed as a high school kid in 1955 as KN4GHR in Savannah, GA. Upgraded to General after the one year novice license to K4GHR. Number of different QTH’s over the years …… Atlanta, GA (as a student at Georgia Tech), Columbus, GA and Columbia, SC (as an Infantry Lieutenant in the US Army), Pensacola, FL (working for Chemstrand Corp), Rome, GA (working for Celanese Fibers Co), Salisbury, NC (working for Fiber Industries Inc), Charlotte, NC, New York City, Cornelius & Huntersville, NC (working for Celanese Corp), and finally retired to Frankfort, MI and Pinehurst, NC.
Upgraded to Extra in Jun 1978 and was issued AA4R. At that same FCC session, AA4R, AA4S & AA4T were also issued……..a picture of AA4R, AA4S and AA4T (RST) was taken at the Shelby, NC Hamfest and appeared in a later issue of QST.
Life member of ARRL since early 60’s. Served as the North Carolina Section Communications Manager (SCM) 1977-1981, Assistant Director of Roanoke Division, ARRL VHF Advisory Committee, 4th Call Area QSL Bureau Manager (W,K,N single prefix), and currently ARRL Assistant EC for Benzie County Michigan.
Charter member of the Carolina DX Association (CDXA), serving as President in 1997.
One of the founding members of the North Carolina FM Repeater Assocation which eventually became the Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA). Served as newsletter editor 1972-1977.
Member of the Rowan Amateur Radio Society and trustee of the repeater W4EXU & WR4AAA (1971-1979). Trustee of the first WR Repeater callsign issued in the 4th call area, WR4AAA . Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (W4BFB), serving as President and Co-Chair of the Charlotte Hamfest (1978-80).
Caught the DX bug after putting up my first beam in 1968 and have been chasing DX ever since. Have them all but P5, North Korea. Only need 4 more on cw.
May – mid November: Station in Frankfort (Crystal Lake), Michigan consists of a Yaesu FT-1000D and an Alpha 87A amp. Two towers house a Mosely TA-33 on one and a Mosely TA-33 WARC on the other. Dipoles on 40, 80 and 160. Member of the Benzie Amateur Radio Friends (BARF) and Benzie County ARES/RACES. Serve as the Trustee of W8BNZ, the BARF repeater and club call. Active contester from Michigan and CQ 04. Member of the Bay Area DXers.
Mid November – April: Station in Pinehurst, North Carolina consists of an Icom IC-7000 and Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.2Kfx amplifier. This location is a restricted antenna development and all antennas must be stealth. A grove of pine trees serve as the hide-out for a Cushcraft R-5 (painted black), 3 LG end fed dipoles, and a dipole configured for 30, 40, 60 and 80 meters which I keep on the ground when not in use. All wire antennas are 18 gauge black wire fed with RG8x. I enter all contests from NC (CQ 05) as a low power entry.
I enjoy chasing DX, ragchewing on 2 meters, Field Day and contesting. You will usually find me in the ARRL and CQ WW Contests …… cw, phone and RTTY. Trying to get enthused about digital too.
QSL, yes ….. enjoy exchanging cards, upload everything to LOTW.
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