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My ham radio career begin in 1960 as a shortwave listener, WPE4HUL (as issued by Popular Electronics magazine). I was all of 10 years old and spent hours watching my older brother, Travis, WN4CQJ, (later WA4MUN, now SK), assemble a Knight Kit T-50 50 watt transmitter. An old Hallicrafters SX-43 completed his end of the radio bench in our garage. By the time Travis left home for the US Navy following high school graduation, I inherited the entire work bench along with the SX-43 and the T-50. I was licensed in August 1967 as WN4GXF. The novice license was only good for one year and by the time I graduated from high school and entered the US Army my call had lapsed but not until I had worked 48 states as a novice using one crystal (7.175 mhz ). Following my military commitment and marriage, I enrolled at North Carolina State University and double-majored in English and History. In the spring of 1978, I was licensed as KA4AVO and was using the Heathkit twins, the SB-401 xmtr and the SB-303 rcvr. I got my first taste of DX using a small Mosley TA-32 triband beam and started racking up the numbers mostly on CW. Following NCSU I entered seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, NC. I was ordained to the Christian ministry in August, 1981. We were living on the historic campus of Oxford Orphanage in Oxford, North Carolina at that time where I spent 17 years serving as chaplain, high school social studies teacher, assistant superintendent and later interim superintendent. In 1995 I was called to the Oxford Baptist Church where I served until 2003 before becoming the Director of Missions for the Flat River Baptist Association from which I retired March 31, 2014. At the present time, I am an adjunct instructor in religion teaching New Testament, Old Testament, and World Religions at Vance-Granville Community College locally. During the entire period, I have continued to chase DX and augmented that part of the hobby with amateur satellites for several years. I had upgraded my entire station and had a "fleet" of Icom transceivers. I was able to work 47 states via amateur satellites and could very easily find myself interested in doing exactly that again at some time in the future. In 2006 I was introduced to 6 meters and have spent most of my sporadic E seasons since then watching the band. I operate a very modest Yaesu FT-897d and a small VHF-UHF Cushcraft triband beam. I only need Alaska on 6 for Worked All States and have been fortunate to have worked 85 DXCC entities in this time. On May 5,2011 I was thrilled to work VP8NO on six meters for one of my most exciting contacts ever. My two words of encouragement to any ham: "Learn CW." At the present time, I have worked 318 DXCC entities and have been endorsed at the 310 level for DXCC (Mixed). In addition, I have been awarded the Yasme Award, #261, dated April 28, 1990, signed by Dick McKercher, W0MLY, and Lloyd Colvin, W6KG. By the way, I am now using the ARRL Logbook of the World and will be glad to QSL any QSO as far back at 1978. I have just completed transferring my paper logs (from 1978 forward) to LOTW and can't wait to upload my log and see how many of those missing confirmations I can find. As of September 10, 2014, I have worked 319 total DXCC entities with my most recent being SO1WS, Western Sahara. Also glad to be in the logbook of FT5ZM, Amsterdam/SPI (LOTW confirmation arrived September 2, 2014!). I had worked FB8ZQ in 1983 but never got a QSL and the logs were eventually lost in a flood in France. In my spare ti I am an elected member of the Granville County Board of Education having been elected 4 times and appointed twice (to fill unexpired empty seats). On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, I was reelected to a new six-year term on the Granville County BOE. Susan and I have been married 45 years and we have a 34-year-old son living and working in the Raleigh/Durham area. I hope to meet you on the bands. 73 de K4AVO (April 30, 2014, updated)

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K4AVO
Latest Contacts for K4AVO at QRZ.com
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5W0COW 2016-06-22 40m CW Samoa Tom Callas
BG2AUE 2015-07-19 17m CW PN35hr China Miao Gang
K4AOA 2013-12-04 2m FM FM06rh United States James B Clay
XP3A 2013-09-22 12m CW GP44de Greenland Peter Thulesen
KK4SBS 2013-09-06 2m FM FM05rg United States John T Mullen
KC0TKS 2013-07-09 10m CW EM38iq United States Chris A Sparks
YV5IUA 2013-05-28 6m CW FK60nk Venezuela JOHN CARDENAS
YU1AAV 2012-10-17 12m CW KN04et Serbia Radio sekcija Kozara
A61Q 2012-08-28 12m CW LL75sj United Arab Emirates M.H. ABDULLAH
J68HZ 2012-08-08 10M SSB FK94mb St Lucia Dr. William Joel Schmidt, Jr
KC0W 2012-06-10 6M SSB DN86px United States THOMAS M CALLAS
A61Q 2012-04-16 15m CW LL75sj United Arab Emirates M.H. ABDULLAH
LY22A 2012-03-23 17m CW KO15kg Lithuania Jonas Paskauskas
LW5HR 2012-03-22 10m CW FF78vr Argentina Diego A Dimunzio
KI4JDX 2012-03-22 2m SSB FM06pd United States Murphy D Riggan

Book Totals: 35 qso's   27 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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