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I have been an active ham over 50 years. I was encouraged by my dad, Buck Fritts, W4DAN and started off working 6 meter AM in May 1962. I then upgraded to General class in 1965-just before the infamous "incentive licensing" fiasco of the ARRL. Upgraded to Advanced class in 1979 and then to Extra in 1980. Changed my call from WA4GZE to W4SEF (my initials) in April 2005. In November 2010 I changed my call to W4YJ.

In 2005 I married a wonderful lady, Sharron, W4WIF who is now an extra class amateur operator!

We now have a growing "antenna farm" with a 200 foot center fed zepp 35 feet up, a 40 meter cage up 60 ft, and a 40 ft tower with a Hy-Gain Explorer 14 tribander, 5 element M2 6-meter beam, 14 element 2 meter Hy-Gain beam, and on the very top at 52 feet is a dual band 2m-440 vertical. Side mounted 30 feet up on the tower is a 6 meter vertical FM antenna. I am active on all the HF bands including the WARC bands. My favorite bands are 160, 20, 17 and especially 6 meters. I run an Icom 751A, a Yeasu FT 897, and Kenwood rigs for 2 meters and 440. I also run HF mobile using home-brewed mobile antennas of my own design.

One of my interests is SSTV analog and digital.

I have a vintage Swan 350 (see the pic below) that I restored and occasionally run on HF just for the fun of it. It works great!

I am retired from working in Oak Ridge,TN after almost 30 years and love being retired!

I also have a 2 meter repeater on 145.25 with a tone of 100 HZ using a new Kenwood TKR750 with a GE Mastr II as a backup. I have moved the repeater to a high point in Sweetwater TN and it is working very well. This is a family type repeater-I don't put up with any profanity or rough stuff unlike a lot of other repeaters do. Anyone can listen and would not be offended. The repeater is very active and someone is always monitoring.You will find the nicest, most helpful and friendliest folks in the area on this repeater! If you are in the area give us a call!

 Sharron and I hope to work you on the bands really soon!

NEW!!! I now have a 10 meter beacon on 28.288.3 MHZ! If you hear the beacon please drop me a line at sefritts@gmail.com and let me know how well you hear it. The rig is a converted Cobra 29 that runs 6 watts to an Antron 99 vertical on the roof of my house.  It sends three V's my call and my grid square ( VVV DE W4YJ/B EM75TP). 73!

Note: I do NOT QSL! Been there done that 52 years ago. Please no QSLs.

73s Steve and Sharron

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