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I am now a DTAR user since the Orlando HAMCATION in February 2013. I am the proud owner of an ICOM ID-51a, (2)ICOM 5100's and DVAPs installed on multiple computers. I love my DHAP with VHF DVAP and Pi installed using the G4KLX image when I go mobile.

Previous Job: US Navy Submarines ETCS(SS) Navigation Electronics Technician. 1980-2002.

Current Job Positions: IT Director City of Kingsland, Fire Captain/Paramedic Kingsland Fire Rescue, and Paramedic with Excelsior Ambulance Service Inc.

Past President of the Board of Directors for the St Marys Submarine Museum in St Marys, GA


Hometown: North Tiverton, RI (Newport County)

Current Residence: Kingsland, GA (Camden County)


My hometown is Tiverton, Rhode Island and was originally licensed as N1NFC in Portsmouth, RI in 1992. In 1993 I was transferred with the USS Maryland SSBN 738 Blue to Kings Bay, GA, and moved my family here (Kingsland,GA) in 1993 and have yet to leave. I retired from the Silent Service (USS Rhode Island SSBN 740 Gold) in 2002 as an ETCS(SS) Assistant Navigator 14NV NEC. I changed my call to the vanity call W1KFR representing Kingsland Fire and Rescue where I currently serve as a firefighter/medic responsible for FD communications. I work part time for the Excelsior Care ambulance service on the weekends. My main job function is Information Technology Director for the City of Kingsland, so I wear three hats. Recently, I decided to get off my butt and earn my Extra class license. I completed an extensive self study program and made it happen in 8 weeks. I had help from a few people and it was worth the effort. I thank them for getting me motivated!! I have a Kenwood TS480 SAT and Tm-D700A in the mobile and find myself playing radio and enjoy DX on the road. I am very active on APRS and can be found on 144.39 and 145.825 ISS APRS. If you travel down I95 in Kingsland, GA just before you get into Florida (Exit7,6, 3 and 1) jump on 444.625+ PL 118.8 mixed mode P25 and analog, 146.895- PL 127.3 analog, and 147.195+ PL 118.8 analog. I recently installed a DSTAR DVAP on my office computer and frequently bring my ID-51a to work and sit on reflector 37C and 50C. I have a raspberry pi at home and it runs continuous on 37C. Drop in and say hello! I work for the city and always have a radio powered up in the office and in my city vehicle.


I have been listenening and playing on 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meters. I have recently jumped into the following nets:

  1. 3905 Century Club 7178 Khz
  2. Nightwatch 7191 Khz
  3. Brother's 7191 Khz
  4. Snowbirds 7233 Khz
  5. Navy Net and Anchor Net 7245 Khz (#887)
  6. South CARS 7251 Khz (#9554)
  7. Maritime Net 14300 KHz
  8. Ten - Ten International 28380 Khz (76516)

So far I like what I hear. I have had a great time on each net. Looking forward to getting on more often in the evenings. I now have 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and waiting for a 6 meter antenna. I have been mobile stationary in the driveway making contacts on the new bands I have antennas for. Thanks to all of you that were my first contacts on the new bands. I will eventually get down to 75 and 80 meters to see what is there, but right now the ones I have are a handful enough for me. I now have an Ultimax100 end fed 24' wire that I installed in my front yard. So far it works fine for me but I find myself moving it around so I can make contacts in different directions. Looking forward to making many contacts in the future as time permits. I now have HRD 6.00 running on my laptop and have the sound card configured in my TS-590 to operate digital modes on HF. I just started a few days ago and am addicted to it. So between the P-25, DSTAR, and HF digital modes I will have no time to to anything except work and play on the radio. I have made numerous contacts on the HF digital over the past few days and will keep going as much as I can!! It is a great mode hope to find you on the air on one of the many different modes available.


People ask me why I keep the 1 call since I now live in southeast GA. My answer is: I earned my Technician in 1 land and was born in 1 land. Having said all of that I decided to keep the 1 call for sentimental reasons. Email w1kfr@arrl.net if you have any questions or suggestions.


Now a member of the Navy Amateur Radio Club (#887), American Legion Amatuer Radio Club, South CARS (#9554) and 10-10 club (#76516)

I am an avid DSTAR user now and I like to hang out on reflector REF037C; however, I can be found on REF050C, XRF38A. I monitor usually the 3 reflectors at any given time. 1 via the DHAP shown below, 1 on a Raspberry Pi with UHF DVAP, and 1 with a DV Dongle.


Thank you and 73 hope to QSO with you soon!

The boat I retired from in 2002.

My qual boat: USS Daniel Webster SSBN 626. I qualified on the Gold Crew in November 1983. Years onboard 1983-1987 Holy Loch Scotland.

Here is my shack 1 where I do DSTAR.

Portable SuperAntenna MP1 and the Ulitmax 100 End Fed wire in the front yard.

My new rig!!!!

My TS-480 SAT that is not installed anywhere at the moment.

New addition to the radio collection ID-51 DSTAR dual band radio and VHF DVAP. So far I am hooked on DSTAR! Just added a Raspberry Pi!

Some new additions to the DSTAR Collection...A DHAP and ID-5100....Also added a DV Dongle to the mix.........

Here is my HF, UHF, VHF, and APRS IGATE station I use for both 144.390 normal and 145.825 ISS contacts. I am running UI View 32 on the D610 Dell Latitude on the right. The other equipment in a KPC-3 TNC and Yeasu FT2500 mobile. The antenna is a 5/8 wave Larsen in the gutter. In this picture is a Motorola Astro Spectra, Motorola CDM 1550 and a Jetstream Power Supply which works very well!



Public safety Motorola APX 7000 UHF/VHF portable.

Latest addition to the Motorola collection XPR6550.

Here is my Kenwood TH-D72A APRS portable with the ICOM IC-V82 VHF Portable and a Motorola XTS5000 UHF Portable. The radio on the right is a Uniden BCD-996XT that I use to feed radioreference.com and PROSCAN to listen to the scanner feed on-line. Link is :

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=427 Camden County, GA Scanner

and then I have another scanner in Rhode Island at my Dad's house:

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=6502 Rhode Island, CT, MA Scanner



Some more of my Motorola collection.....You might think I like Motorola.


Here is the rest of it. I do however, have a number of Mobiles in the closet not depicted here. (i.e. MCS2000's Spectras, CDM's and so on)


2006 Harley Ultra Classic Firefighter edition. Any idea where I can put the radio? LOL!!!


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