I go by "Bill," incidentally, not "George."
I was first licensed in 01/1963 as WN4EON, at age 16 while I was still in high school. I didn’t do a lot of operating as a Novice and upgraded to Technician within that first year, becoming WA4EON. I let my license lapse in 1967 while in the Navy and occupied with keeping the world safe for democracy and stuff. Getting out of the Navy in 1970, I fell in with a local ham club, and with their help was able to pass the General exam. I was relicensed as WB4SQB, a call I held for about 35 years or so. Shortly after getting my General, I upgraded to Advanced Class, which I still hold. I acquired my present call sign in 2006 as a tribute to one of my "Elmers" who helped me get back on the air in 1970 and was a good friend - Ed Nevin, the original K4EBE, who passed away in 1994. Thanks for all your help, friendship, and guidance, Ed.
After a whole lot of years as a bank examiner for the State of Florida, I retired on 03/31/2010. Now I have time for more hamming than I ever did before, much to the XYL’s chagrin. I think I've gotten more air time since retirement than the previous 40 years combined. I don't know about other retirees, but this is the best job I've ever had!!
The current station as of 01/2016 is pictured above and consists of a Yaesu FT-950 for HF and 6 meters with a Kenwood TS-830S as HF back-up, and an Icom IC-2200H for two-meter FM stuff. A second IC-2200H is in the car. The newest acquisition is a Heathkit SB-200 amplifier that I just finished rebuilding (a second time - - you really should quit fixing things once they're working). The antenna tuner to the right of the amplifier is home-brew from about 1980 or so that I built into an old Heathkit SB-303 cabinet purchased at a Heathkit store back when they had some of those. Since the cabinet matched the SB-200, I re-did it to sort of match the amplifier. It doesn't see much use, though, since I'm lazy and prefer resonant antennas. To the left of the amplifier is a home-brew station controller also built into an old Heathkit SB- series cabinet. It includes a "repackaged" Heathkit HM-102 SWR/Power Meter modified for peak readings.
If the "shack" looks a bit cramped, it's because it is - it's built into the closet of a spare bedroom. Not much room at all - when I get into the chair, it's like getting into the cockpit of an aircraft. Or the "radio shack" of a B-17 - - notice the BC-348 on the top shelf, left.
For antennas, I use a 40/20/15-meter fan dipole in an inverted "vee" configuration at about 40 feet, a 35-foot tower with a four-element home-brew ten-meter Yagi, an M2 five-element six-meter Yagi, and a home-brew ground plane for local 2-meter repeater operation (all I do on that band). A six-meter J-pole for local operations resides on 25 feet of push-up mast.
Look for me on six- or ten-meter openings, or forty or twenty meter sideband.
73 – Bill, K4EBE
Navy Amateur Radio Club #814
South CARS #9975
Tin Can Sailors' Net #517
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