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The N4KZ station 

My ham radio story began in early 1969 when as a teen-ager and new novice operator I first took to the airwaves on 80 meters as WN4MEN. But within a couple months, I moved up to 15 meters where I immediately worked a ZD8 station on Ascension Island and got hooked on DX. The DX addiction has had me in its grips ever since. Along the way I achieved DXCC, DXCC Honor Roll, 8-Band DXCC, Worked All States, Worked All Zones and 5BWAC. My current country total is 348 worked and confirmed.

I love talking with people on the air but like trying new things too. New bands, modes, computer software. For years, besides HF DX chasing I've been hooked on the challenges presented by weak-signal VHF on 6 and 2 meter SSB/CW/digital modes. On 2 meters, I have worked 40 states from Kentucky. I've even worked 3 countries on 2m SSB - USA, Canada and Cuba. On 6, I have worked all 50 states, all continents and 73 countries. (Guatamala, Sweden and Chile were my latest new ones on 6m.) I've even made some EME contacts on 2 meter CW. And many, many meteor scatter contacts on 2 meter SSB. By 1982, I had moved back to Kentucky from Michigan and received WE4K as my call. In 1996, the vanity call program was established and I applied for a 1x2 call and received N4KZ. 

Besides operating on the air, I enjoy writing about ham radio. QST has published two of my stories -- my involvement in introducing ham radio to a school gifted and talented program and my QSO with Senator Barry Goldwater (SK); CQ has published two -- profiles of NASA administrator and scientist John Townsend (SK) and gospel singer Larnelle Harris, both active hams; and the ARRL website published one -- about the rotating antenna mast my father designed for me. I plan to write more in the future.

I am often told Kentucky can be a difficult state to work and confirm. So I do my part to alleviate that problem. I respond to all QSL cards received either direct, via the bureau or LoTW. No eQSL.

My shack:

Icom IC-7600  160-6 m

Icom IC-7100  160-6m, 2m and 70 cm

Yaesu FT-817ND  160m to 70 cm

Ameritron ALS-600S solid state amp, 500w out, 160-10m


8-element log periodic for 13-33 MHz up 65 feet

5-element yagi for 6 m up 60 feet

80m horizontal loop up 50 feet - used primarily on 80, 60, 40 and 30m.  Three of the 4 legs of the loop are over sloping terrain going down several hundred feet at a 45-degree angle. The loop is an excellent DX antenna on 80 meters but it's a killer on 40 and 30 meters.

I have been an ARRL member for more than 40 years and have attended the Dayton Hamvention 38 times.

73, Dave, N4KZ






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