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My first Amateur Radio license was issued in 1976 to WB4WSB.  My Wife, Dad, and Brother also took the class with me, and all were licensed at that time, thanks to W4DON for the great classes.  Since then my Dad is a silent key, my brother's license expired, and my wife has her Amateur Extra Class call sign WA4WSB.

Thanks to my friends W4CZU, K4DY, K4DJ and KC4G for help and encouragement.

In 1978 I passed my 20wpm Extra Exam, and  received the callsign AB4Z (it is not a vanity call sign, it was randomly issued by FCC) and have held it ever since, although I was inactive for awhile.  In summer of 2014 I realized what I had been missing, so began the task of replacing all my gear.  I am now using an ICOM 7300  into a Cushcraft A3S beam and a Zero-Five 43 ft. ground plane.   For 2 meters I have a Yaesu FT 1900R.  An Ameritron 811H is occasionally used.  An ICOM 746-Pro is used as a back up rig in the downstairs bedroom.  Also, an Icom 706 MK II is used mobile.

A Palstar AT2K manual tuner is used occasionaly to tweek up the swr when needed.

I enjoy working CW, SSB and Digital Modes, just recently becoming active on JT-65 and FT8.

Here is my Zero-Five 43 foot ground plane I use for 10-80m.  It seems to work just fine !  I also have the 28 foot version, for the station in the lower section of the house.  Not in the frame is a Cushcraft A3S beam on a 20 foot tower, but it is hardly ever used any more.

Here is an overhead view of our house, which sits on 12 acres of land in rural Alexander County, North Carolina.  Photo taken with my Autel X-Star Premium Drone at 300 feet.

I am enjoying being back in the hobby and hope to make many DX contacts over the coming months, having 327 DXCC confirmed.  73 to all.

 

QSL via LOTW (preferred), Bureau, Direct (is ok with SASE), QRZ.com

Ron, AB4Z

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United States Counties Award#3683
Granted: 2016-07-31 19:46:03   (AB4Z)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Phone
United States Award#1193
Granted: 2015-05-20 01:25:02   (AB4Z)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#1386
Granted: 2015-01-25 04:57:00   (AB4Z)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    Mixed Phone
  • 5 Band CW
  • 15 Meters CW
    160 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    Mixed CW
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
DX World Award#454
Granted: 2015-01-25 04:56:58   (AB4Z)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
  • 17 Meters CW
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#1509
Granted: 2015-01-25 04:55:44   (AB4Z)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 12 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
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