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"BRY CARLING please"...  Hello, radio friend!  I'm originally from England. Now living in sunny Florida.

Hello! My current rigs are: Yaesu FT-950, Expert Systems SPE 1.3K linear amplifier, Drake 2NT / 2C Novice station with crystals. Antennas: TGM MQ26SR 2 ele Mini Beam at 30 feet. 100 foot end fed wire with 9:1 UNUN transformer - also at 30 feet maximum height. Amazing performer for 160 - 10m including low SWR on ALL BANDS! For details, see the QRZ page of WB4DBO.

Details about the MQ26SR Mini Beam from TGM Communications - I highly endorse this excellent 6 band Canadian HF beam antenna!

Brian "Bry" Carling - first licensed in 1968 as G3XLQ.  I started SWLing in about 1963 with an R1155 receiver from a World War II Lancaster Bomber.  The AC power supply for 230V AC mains to  250V DC and 6.3V AC, was home made on a round cake tin!  My first time listening to American amateur stations was on 20m SSB.  I also listened to plenty of CW and AM back then from around the British Isles. Especially on 160m AM. I learned a lot from my elmer, Fred Taylor, G3RFP in Cottenham, and the other chaps at the Cambridge and District Amateur Radio Club. Fred ran only 10 watts input on 160m AM, every Saturday morning.  I'm Still SWLing today!

My official RSGB issued SWL callsign back then was A4941.  That call sign was hand painted on the door of my "shack" which was literally a shack - a 5 foot by 7 foot shed. The sign had an ARRL style logo in red with the earth and aerial symbols.  The aerial was a 20 foot steel water pipe vertical which soon became an inverted L.

After moving to the USA, I operated for a year or so in Smyrna, Georgia as G3XLQ/W4 around 1968 -1970.  The rigs then were a Knight T60 transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX99 receiver; later replaced by an EICO 753 which got stolen (thankfully!) and was replaced by a fine DRAKE TR4 transceiver.  I made ham friends there in GA and through ACK RADIO in Atlanta with local hams, some of whom I still know today. I also operated at the Georgia Tech Amateur Radio Club.  I then lived back in England from 1970 - 1972 and was mostly QRT. I played bass guitar in a local band in Reading called Lazy River which was great fun.

I moved permanently to the United States in 1972, and was inactive again until 1975 returning to the air as WB4FPH, and later in 1978, I was assigned my Amateur Extra callsign AF4K.

I have worked in medical electronics for 35 years. Prior to that I worked in musical electronics servicing many guitar amplifiers, audio equipment and musical instruments in Nashville for several years. I also taught electronics for three years in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. I designed audio mixing consoles at Harrison Systems for three years and became their international service manager.


I play bass guitar and sing with THE BOULEVARD - a band with growing popularity in Central Florida..

More Bry Carling music


I also play in a band called The Boulevard.



AF4K CRYSTALS Co. is a supplier of popular FT243 and hc6u crystals also hc49, hc25, FT171B,  crystals etc. for the amateur radio bands.  Order on line at our web site!


I enjoy the annual Novice Rig Roundup, an Annual Event for those who enjoy contacting others

with antique rigs from the Novice Radio Era 1950 - 1980. ANY radio amateur is welcome to participate

in this spring event. You may use ANY equipment.


For details, see: NoviceRigRoundup.com

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73 and see you on the air soon - Bry, AF4K

Web Site: http://AF4K.COM


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