My name is Randy and my call sign is WB4KZI which I have held since 1968. I live in Carrollton, Virginia, which is in the southeastern part of the State of Virginia near Smithfield, in the Tidewater area, about 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. I first got interested in amateur radio through the Boy Scouts at the age of 11. After high school I got my degree in Electronics Technology and then went to work for Bell Telephone as a technician and later an engineer, working there for 31 years until I retired. For a few years after that I worked as a system’s engineer for the Civil Air Patrol until I permanently retired in 2007.
My current station consists of a Yaseu FT-2000 and KenwoodTS-440S for HF, and a Kenwood TS-790 for VHF/UHF and satellite work. I use an Alpha 87A linear amplifier when needed. My antennas consist of a Hygain TH-11 and inverted V for HF, two stacked 11 element VHF beams, a 22 element VHF SSB beam, and two stacked UHF beams all on a 55' crankup tower and Hygain T2X rotor. For satellite work, I have the Hygain VHF/UHF duos on a 20' tower with a Yaesu az/el rotor. I operate SSB, FM, Packet, & CW. I am an ARRL Life Member and AMSAT & AREC member and a SKYWARN trained weather spotter. I QSL through QRZ.com., eQSL, LOTW, Bureau or direct. My software of choice is Ham Radio Deluxe.
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