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It was 1974, I was a chemical Engineer in a chemical production facility, bowled in the evening and on weekends fished at the jetties at Mayport Florida. Then a simple event changed my life forever (for the best still remains debatable). My wife bought me a Sears LJ Lear Jet solid state stero 8 radio (which I still have). I started listening to various frequencies and came across 11 meters. Not to long after this encounter I had a big stick mounted and I was operating on the CB band. It was here I learned about frequency skip. I worked stations all over the county and exchanged post cards. I also installed a CB radio in my truck.

One day in the mobile I was talking to another CB’er who was going to a Ham radio class and asked if I would like to attend the session. I had no other plans for the evening and I went to the class given by the North Florida Amateur Radio Society. I was introduced to CW and I was hooked.  In 1976 I received my first call WN4QVK and later WB4QVK. I participated in field day and I was hooked on various operating radio contests. I wanted a shorter call for contests and upgraded to extra and received my current call KN4Y.

 All the years working at the chemical plant and subject to the high whine of steam jet vacuum systems I found operating on sideband was a chore, I had trouble hearing signals of a particular frequency but had no hearing problem operating on the club two meter repeater. I operate only CW on the HF bands to this day.

Fast forward to 2015, I am now retired and living in a gated community. I am limited to a Yagi on a fifty foot tower hidden behind pine trees.  I am an active county hunter (since 1980) operating both mobile and fixed station. I have a GMC van dedicated to county hunting and operating as a rover in the Alabama, Florida and Georgia QSO parties. I reply to all eQSL’s but do not participate in the program. I also reply to all QSL’s received and I use LOTW. I participate in the senior bowling tournaments and in two local bowling leagues, I run counties going to the tournaments. I am a charter member of the Sportsmen’s Paradise Amateur Radio Club. I try to participate with the young fellows as a member of the Florida Contest Group.

I have worked all counties number 757 endorsed all CW from CQ magazine and currently working on worked all counties fifth time all CW. I write a CW column for the county hunters Road Runner newsletter. I try to work as many State QSO parties and contests for the sheer fun of the chase.


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