I was first licensed in 1984 as a Technician. My call was N4JFV. There wasn't a No Code Tech and Tech Plus license then. The Tech license consisted of the Novice 5 WPM code test and the General written test. I upgraded to General later that year by taking the 13 WPM code test. I upgraded to Advanced the following year. It was 10 years before I bit the bullet and upgraded to Extra. Extra is the only test I took before a Volunteer Examiner. All others were before the bright, smiling faces of the FCC. I changed my call to AA4YL around 2002 via the Vanity Program with FCC.
I have always been fascinated with RTTY since I saw my father-in-law's RTTY setup with teletype machines in 1975. At the time, I had no idea that one day I would have my license and be operating. Paul, K4ANU was my father-in-law and also my elmer. He taught me so much about the hobby and operating.
I am a member of the Heart of Dixie ARS - W4HOD and serve as Treasurer. I am a certified VE with the ARRL.
I QSL 100%. LOTW is my preferred QSL route, but I also QSL via direct and bureau.
Barn in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Photo by AA4YL
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