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I passed my Novice exam in April 1990 in Wichita, KS after taking a course with the Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society (BEARS) and I received the call KA1VVA, since I moved back to CT in May. I eventually passed my Advanced exam in June 1991 in Milford, CT and changed my call to KD1DC. After moving to NC in 1995, I changed my call to KU4GT. Once the vanity gate for the Advance class opened, I changed my call again to my current call of K4WES. And in April of 2000, I finally upgraded to Extra class!

I am currently using a Kenwood TS-2000 rig at home into a 50 foot 18" face Hazer tower with a Force 12 C-4SXL on top of it and a M2 6M-5X beam on top of that. I use a Hygain rotor too. I have a half sloper, sloping to the east, from my tower for 80m and 160m. It does alright, but not very good. I also use a Carolina Windom 160 Special wire antenna up about 40 feet. I also have an R5 vertical up about 15 feet. And I put up a 160m inverted V dipole about 50 feet high, running north and south.

I have a Tono 777 TNC that I have been using for RTTY, since January 2002.

I am a member of the PVRC contest club (http://pvrc.org and http://pvrcnc.org) and OMISS Net (OMISS # 4161). Go PVRC!!! I enjoy working the CQ, ARRL, and many other contests too.

I am also an ARRL member and a life member of 10-10 International (my 10-10 # is 60118) and I enjoy collecting 10-10 numbers.

I currently have completed WAS (in both CT and NC), DXCC, 5B DXCC, and WAC. I am currently working on 5BWAS, IOTA, WAZ, WPX, and county hunting. I have DXCC confirmed on 10m through 80m (8 bands). I have the DXCC Challenge award too! Please see the chart below, for my band/mode counts.

A few of my latest stations worked for new entities are: V63 (MICRONESIA), ST0R (SOUTH SUDAN), 9M2TO (W. MALAYSIA), TL0A (CAR), PJ2/4/6/7 (All 4 entities), (VIETNAM), 3B7 (AGALEGA & ST. BRANDON), 3C (EQUATORIAL GUINEA), 3C0 (ANNOBON ISLAND), 4O (MONTENEGRO), FJ (ST BARTHELEMY), 6O (SOMALIA), VU7 (Lakshadweep Is.), 1A4A (Sov. Mil. Order of Malta), 9X (RWANDA), C2 (NAURU), ZL8R (Kermadec), Montenegro (YU6AO), 3Y (Peter I), 5T0CW (Mauritania), YV0D (Yves), KH9 (Wake Island), XF4 (Revilla Gigedo), ST0RY (Sudan), ZL7C (Chatham Island), ZC4DW (UK Bases on Cyprus), K1B (Baker and Howland), VP6DI (Ducie Island), XR0X (San Felix), VP8GEO (South Georgia Island), BD4XA (China), VU2ELJ (India), 3D2IR (Fiji), LU1ZA (South Orkney Island), and T2T (Tuvalu).

I QSL 100% via LoTW, the buro or direct. Please provide an SASE (or SAE and 1 GS or IRC) if sending direct. I also upload my logs via ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW), eQSL, and Club Log, usually each month or sooner.

I also use Global QSLing: http://www.globalqsl.com/

Interesting site to compare logs with others: http://www.clublog.org/

73 es gud dx de k4Wes

July 1-6, 2013:
Look for special event station K2J during the 13 Colonies Special Event operation, Independence week July 1-6, 2013. I will be using the K2J call during that time, so please QSL to the home station you worked or to W4MPS (he has all of the logs) with a #6 SASE for a QSL card. Here are all of the North Carolina K2J stations: K4WES, KI4VBA, N4MIO, N4YDU, W0UCE, W4MPS, and W4MY.
Full details at:

And a picture of the QSL Card:

Band Counts:

Number of Entities Worked Per Band or Mode
Band # Confirmed # Worked
160 m 39 47
80 m 120 131
60 m 6 6
40 m 189 199
30 m 177 183
20 m 295 300
17 m 237 249
15 m 267 280
12 m 181 193
10 m 213 223
6 m 13 13
Challenge DXCC 1,731 1,818
Mixed DXCC 318 319
SSB DXCC 298 302
RTTY DXCC 180 188
CW DXCC 266 277
IOTA 349 366


Awards Section:

Awards Information
Certificate Name Serial # / Points Date Callsign Notes
ARRL WAC Phone N/A 05-11-92 KD1DC  
ARRL DXCC Phone 21,473 06-06-94 KD1DC  
ARRL WAS SSB 47,825 10-31-94 KD1DC For CT
ARRL WAS SSB 49,682 06-29-99 K4WES For NC
ARRL DXCC 10m 31,625 08-24-00 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC 15m N/A 08-24-00 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC 20m N/A 08-24-00 K4WES  
CQ WPX SSB 2,794 03-29-01 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC 17m N/A 04-16-03 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC RTTY 1,250 04-16-03 K4WES  
CQ WW 160m DX Contest 15,312 02-28-04 K4WES SO SSB LP NC
ARRL DXCC CW 9,993 05-24-04 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC 12m N/A 01-30-05 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC Challenge N/A 01-30-05 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC 40m 4,316 07-02-06 K4WES  
ARRL DXCC 30m N/A 09-04-07 K4WES  
IARU HF Championship Contest 24,304 07-08-06 K4WES SO SSB LP NC
IARU HF Championship Contest 45,724 07-12-08 K4WES SO SSB LP NC
IARU HF Championship Contest 26,180 07-11-09 K4WES SO SSB LP NC
IARU HF Championship Contest 60,075 07-10-10 K4WES SO SSB LP NC
ARRL DXCC 80m 3,101 11-04-10 K4WES  
ARRL 5B DXCC 6,898 11-04-10 K4WES  
IARU HF Championship Contest 40,500 07-09-11 K4WES SO SSB LP NC
IOTA 100 3,318 10-04-11 K4WES  
IOTA 300 1,121 10-04-11 K4WES  
CQ WPX CW 3,384 02-25-13 K4WES  
CQ WPX 160m endorsement   02-25-13 K4WES  


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