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I upload my new QSO's to LOTW often. However, I enjoy exchanging QSL cards. I receive cards sent through the bureau but I am far behind in addressing return cards to go back out through the bureau. If you need a QSL sooner, please send your card direct. Shortwave listeners are also welcome to exchange cards with me.

Welcome to my QRZ.com page! I am located in rural Floyd County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Mabry Mill. My wife Leslie, KJ4WJN, and I live on a farm which is situated on top of a 3,100 feet elevation ridge. (We can no longer keep up with 35 acres, so if you want a mountain farm with lots of room for wires and towers, See the Details Here.) We have one son, KK4DEL, one daughter, and two granddaughters. We operate a general printing business and offer Custom Super-Hi Gloss Photograph Quality QSL cards at very reasonable prices. You may Order Cards Here at QSLpostcards.com.
I worked most of my career in Aviation Maintenance Technology as an aircraft inspector, support technician, and flight line mechanic for the airlines. I am also a pilot. Other interests and hobbies are antique clock restoration, website construction, weather & instruments, antiques, and the outdoors.
I started in amateur radio in 2010 with Technician and General in June, using KJ4WDJ for one month, and then upgraded to Extra in July with the new callsign AK4AT. I enjoy DX chasing and digital modes, especially RTTY, JT9, JT65, and WSPR.
My primary antenna now is a hybrid Longwire which is 2,178 feet /664 meters in length, spanning the hills and valleys of the farm. Performance is phenomenal. It has omni-directional characteristics, although it end-fires very strong to the SW across the southern states and through Central America. It is great for weak signal work, and tunes on all bands from 6m - 160m with only the internal tuner in my Yaesu FT-950. The strength of solid 14 AWG copper clad is absolutely amazing, and it's cheap (part number 502 at "thewireman.com"). I have the ends tied to insulators, and then 1/4" Dacron goes to and down the tree on each end through 2 pulleys, and I pull the ends tight with my pickup truck. I once snapped a piece of the Dacron cord by pulling too much tension, and I have pulled apart a plastic insulator, but the small diameter 14 AWG wire has never pulled apart. The wire is run in two equal 45 degree legs, without any middle supports, and there is virtually no sag. The Cushcraft R8 Vertical in the photo above has been destroyed by strong wind three times, and likely will not be put back up for the fourth time here. I operate with 100 watts or less, and often QRP. Thanks for the QSO and visiting my webpage!

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My Clublog Log is Updated Monthly. The HRDlog Logbook at the top of this page is Updated in Real Time. Clicking on that log will take you to HRDlog.net where you may search all contacts in my logbook.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AK4AT
Latest Contacts for AK4AT at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
CT1EKY 2015-08-17 30m JT65 IM58jp Portugal PEDRO AFONSO
KM5L 2015-08-17 30m JT9 EM12ot United States PATRICK D BOULDIN
K2BSA/8 2015-08-06 20m SSB EM19fa United States K2BSA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
MX0TBG/P 2015-08-06 20m SSB IO91cl England MX0TBG (Team Thunderbox Group)
Z35A 2015-08-06 20m SSB KN01rx Macedonia TRAJKO GORCEVSKI
N5RGV 2015-07-16 30m JT9 EL15gw United States Juan Vazquez, Jr
LU4FT 2015-07-16 30m JT9 FF97pa Argentina Juan Jos� D�az
FW1JG 2015-07-06 20m RTTY AH16vr Wallis and Futuna Is Jean-Gabriel Guillemonat
K2M 2015-07-05 20m SSB AA00aa United States 13 Colonies - Pennsylvania Special Event
K2M 2015-07-05 40m SSB AA00aa United States 13 Colonies - Pennsylvania Special Event
K2E 2015-07-04 80m SSB EM19fa United States 13 Colonies - Delaware Special Event
K2H 2015-07-04 80m SSB EM19fa United States 13 Colonies - Massachusetts Special Event
FW1JG 2015-07-04 15m SSB AH16vr Wallis and Futuna Is Jean-Gabriel Guillemonat
K2F 2015-07-04 80m SSB EM19fa United States 13 Colonies - Maryland Special Event
K2I 2015-07-04 40m SSB EM19fa United States 13 Colonies - New Jersey Special Event

Book Totals: 5786 qso's   1961 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#1119
Granted: 2016-07-19 18:18:19   (AK4AT)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1401
Granted: 2015-08-19 00:45:01   (AK4AT)

  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#9627
Granted: 2015-07-03 20:05:03   (AK4AT)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 30 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#8231
Granted: 2015-07-03 20:00:03   (AK4AT)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 30 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
DX World Award#2232
Granted: 2015-07-03 19:55:03   (AK4AT)

  • Mixed Phone
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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