I go by "Bill," incidentally, not "George."
I was first licensed in 01/1962 as WN4EON, while I was in early high school. 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 I was in the Navy and occupied with keeping the world safe for democracy and stuff. After I got 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 was very active on 6-meter AM during the early ‘70s from central Florida, but living with my parents and going to college on the GI bill left little money to put into any HF equipment. HF, by that time, had evolved almost completely to SSB, and the equipment complexity pretty much ended my home-brewing except for accessories. 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 Nevins, the original K4EBE, who passed away in the mid 1990s. Thanks for all your help 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 don't know about other retirees, but this is the best job I've ever had!!
The current station as of 03/2013 is pictured above and consists of the Yaesu FT-950 for HF and 6 meters with the Kenwood TS-440S/AT and TS-830S as HF back-ups, a Drake R-4 receiver (gone now - I'll update the photo one of these days), and an Icom IC-2200H for two-meter FM stuff. There's a second IC-2200H in the car. 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. The QSL card collection on the wall is my progress toward 6-meter WAS - that's a lo-o-o-ong-term goal from Florida and I don't really expect to live long enough to hit that target. AK and HI are not unheard of in Florida, but they are pretty dang rare.
For antennas, I use a 40/20 meter fan dipole, a four-element home-brew ten-meter beam at about 35 feet, a J-pole for six meter local stuff and an M2 6M5XHD six-meter five-element beam at about 40 feet for more serious stuff (like band openings). The tower also supports a home-brew ground plane for local 2-meter repeater operation (all I do on that band).
Look for me on six- or ten-meter openings, or forty or twenty meter sideband.
73 – Bill, K4EBE
Navy Amateur Radio Club #814
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