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I have been interested in radio since I can remember. Like most, I started out as an SWL. I heard CW signals under the BBC in the mornings and always wanted to know what was being sent. There was a "morse code class" advertised in the local Carrollton, Ga newspaper so I went to see what it was all about. This turned out to be a ham radio license class given by the local ham club. I was hooked. The teacher was Jimmy Brown, KQ4S. He and Andy Howard, WA4KCY, were great mentors to me back then. Andy is the founder of the Southeast AM Radio Club (SAMRC).



I operate most all HF bands as well as 6 meters. My favorite bands are 40, 20 and 17. During the winter months I can be found working AM stations on 80m or DX on 40, 80 and 160. My favorite modes are CW, SSB and AM.


Main Operating position

My current main operating position is an Icom 7700 and Alpha 78 amplifier. The IC-7700 is truly an amazing piece of equipment. The receiver amazes me on a daily basis. I also use an Elecraft K3 with P3 panadapter. Awesome piece of equipment and, in my honest opinion, probably the best CW transceiver I've ever used. For CW I use a Begali Sculpture. I also use a very nice K8RA solid brass P4 key (pictured) that I picked up from K8RA himself at the Dayton hamvention several years back. Microphone is a Heil PR 781 with no additional processing gear.

Icom 7700 & Alpha 78

The Icom 7700 and Alpha 78 at the main operation position


Radios that glow in the dark

Another love is older radio equipment from the 40s and 50s, especially Collins. I own several Collins stations, including a pair of Gold dust twins (The 75A-4 was purchased from the late, great Hank Clark, W2IQ, at his QTH in "Grant's Chapel", TN). I also love old WWII equipment, having a few ARC5s and a couple of prized BC-348 receivers that I still use for shortwave listening. Love the old radios.

Collins 75A4 & KWS1

The Gold Dust twins all warmed up and ready for a QSO



The US Tower HDX-555 crank-up is finally up! There is aMosley Pro 67B @ 56' for 10-40m and a M2 6M7JHV 7-element yagi for 6 mtrs @ 65'. Everything is being turned by an M2 2800 rotor. I also have dipoles up on 80, 40, and 30. For 160, the tower is shunt fed with multiple 1/4 wave radials. As always, polyphaser lightning protection on all feedlines.

The Mosley Pro 67B and M2 6M7JHV

The Mosley Pro 67B and M2 6M7JHV going for the ride up as the tower is raised


AB4GE Repeaters

In addition to HF, I enjoy working on FM repeaters. I've had the AB4GE 444.075+ (100hz PL) repeater here in Macclenny, FL up for over 20 years now. Lots of fun. It was built from a GE mastr II mobile that I converted. Just recently I added a 2 meter repeater to the mix on 147.090+ (100hz PL). The Link Communications RLC2A controller has been upgraded to a newer ARCOM RC210 controller. The repeaters are both located on the water tower in the center of town and are open to all radio amateurs. You can also access them via IRLP node 4567. If you are traveling down I-10 and pass through Baker county, please feel free to give a call. We have a great group of folks here and we're always glad to meet new hams in the area. 73 & Good DX!!

AB4GE up top

Up top doing maintenance on the repeater antenna


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Grid Squared Award#13183
Granted: 2016-07-20 07:14:02   (AB4GE)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#14563
Granted: 2016-07-20 07:14:02   (AB4GE)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 17 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • Mixed Digital
DX World Award#4191
Granted: 2016-07-20 07:12:03   (AB4GE)

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