First licensed as a Novice in 1974 signing WN4JQX, I became WA4JQX with my General ticket and also used AA4JQX in 1976 during the bicentennial celebration. I established a secondary station at college and was assigned WD4DSB for a brief period. When I moved from Virginia to Maryland in the early 1980s, I relinquished the fourth call area designator and became KC3VI with the Advanced Class license that I had obtained during college. There was a long period that I was radio-inactive on HF and used VHF only while away on business trips. In 2005, I joined the ranks of disabled hams as a rare degenerative neuromuscular disorder began to take its toll on my body. Having been planted in a wheelchair for the rest of my life and slowing down a tad bit to "smell the roses," I rediscovered HF radio, local radio clubs and made many new radio-active friends. I now see what all I had missed out on during my busy years. My, my, how ham radio has evolved! Still a lot to grab my renewed interest in HF and plenty to keep me busy. In 2007, I decided to request a vanity call to reclaim my fourth call area designation where I still hold fond memories. I chose K4EET for Electrical Engineering Technologist but my wife prefers Ears, Eyes and Toes. I'm still her Mr. Potato Head! Hi, hi...
I want to cite a man that I have never forgotten although I lost touch with him long, long ago. He was quite a guy. Copied CW in one ear at 40 WPM and still carried on a conversation with me at the same time; all full duplex!. At the time, I was a recent high school graduate and had been bitten by the ham radio bug. This man took me under his "key" and taught me what I needed to know to pass my Novice license. Once I was licensed, he gave me an antenna tuner that he had home-brewed many years prior to compliment a Heathkit SB-102 station that I had just built and on the air I was! That man? My Elmer...
Bill Nighman W4ZSH (now an SK and he also held W4XR).
I'll never be able to show Bill where all ham radio has taken me but it did persuade me to specialize in Radio Communications Theory and VLF to SHF Propagation at Virginia Tech and land a job with Motorola Communications and Electronics as a Microwave Product Consultant and later as a Two-Way Radio and Point-to-Point Communications Systems Engineer. I "played" with radios all throughout my professional career and ended up using Motorola radios at the end of my career working in Public Safety within the State and Local Government sector as the Police Communications Systems Manager of a large 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center responsible for all of the Motorola Radio Consoles, Geac Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Plant 9-1-1 Phase II Telephone Answering System (TAS) with Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) for cellular telephones, and all mobile/portable Motorola radios used by the sworn Police officers. What an experience to know that people's lives, citizens and our own Police officers alike, relied on the systems that I had overall responsibility for. Talk about a heavy responsibility! I give all the glory, honor and praise to our loving God for giving me the necessary confidence and knowledge to keep everything operational with top-notch reliability.
If it had not been for my Elmer, Bill Nighman, W4ZSH/W4XR, I may have never known that radio communications
As I reflect on all of this, that was back in 2013, while using my Drake TR7 and Yaesu FT-757GX HF transceivers and an Icom IC-208H VHF/UHF transceiver. I still wished that I could enjoy a long rag chew with my Elmer. Thanks again Bill! You got me started in a great hobby that I would enjoy for my entire life...
Finally, in mid-2014, I was given/donated a FLEX-6500 HF transceiver. What an awesome radio that is. Many people have given me things that I needed/dreamed about as a disabled individual. My 4 Wheel Drive Maryland Creepers group donated me a Dell Latitude 600 laptop computer, some friends from MyChurch donated me an over-the-bed Hill-Rom Hospital Table and then there was the FLEX-6500 radio. What generosity has been shown by friends and strangers! But the real praise, honor and glory goes to Father God, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Sprit that lives within. Thank you Jesus!
73 to all es hope to have a nice QSO with you all one day! Dave, K4EET
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My QSL Card (Front Side)
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My 10-10 International First Place Award in the Third Call Area
Solar - Terrestrial Data Chart
My Current Ham Shack in Pictures with Descriptions (Next 8 Photos)
View showing two of the three monitors with a webcam atop Monitor #1. This monitor is primarily for the display of the FlexRadio Systems FLEX-6500. Monitor #2 is primarily for my station logbook. I use N3FJP's ACLog for general logging and his other 60-some logging programs for various contests. You can save multiple hundreds of dollars by just buying the entire suite for a mere $50. ALL upgrades are free no matter what and if he writes a new program, you get that free as well. N3FJP's website is located at http://n3fjp.com for those interested in more information.
View showing from the middle of the console to the right end. On top are two 50 amp Astrom Power Supplies with volt and ammeter. Coming down you can see the Heil Proset Headset with an HC6 element on the far right. The Heil boom microphone is in front of it. The rest of the equipment is in another photo later.
View showing the whole console, left to right. Under the table you can see my junk boxes filled with junk.
View showing the right column of equipment under the Astron Power Supplies. First is an MFJ 989C antenna tuner. On the shelf under it is the FLEX-6500. On the bottom are my Iambic Paddles, Straight Key and Bug (all Vibroplex). The Straight Key and Bug are not visible. The handdheld Heil keying button is to the right of the keyboard.
View showing Monitor #3 that primarily shows the spotting networks. Depending on the task, either the VE7CC cluster is displayed or the spotting cluster generated by ACLog. The Icom IC-208H is shown in the center top under the top shelf. The 3 GHz i7 computer with 32 gigabytes of RAM and speakers are under the 2 meter / 70 centimeter rig. The black pair of speakers go with the FLEX-6500 and the computer speakers are behind them (not visible). To the left of the keyboard is the FlexControl spinner knob for the FLEX-6500.
View showing the left column of the radio console with the Heathkit SB-102 station that I built in 1974. Included are the Phone Patch, SWR Meter, Speaker and Power supply. Also on top is a Vacuum Tube Voltmeter (VTVM), a QF-1A audio filter (grey box) and a KDK FM-2016A 2 meter rig. The next three tiers show a complete TR7 sttation that I purchased in 1980. A Speech Processor, Phone Patch and Antenna Transmatch are on the top tier. In the middle tier, the Drake TR7 and a Remote VFO can be seen. On the bottom tierr is the Power Suppply and Speaker. To the right is my QSL Card supplies and a 50 ohm dummy Load.
View showing my Midland Weather Radio, and old Bearcat 800XLT Scanner and a Realistic (Tandy/Radio Shack) DX-160.
View showing close-up of the DX-160.
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