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I grew up a "Navy kid" so, I have lived in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Japan, Okinawa, Guam, Wake Island, Maine, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. As a consequence, I attended 13 different schools from kindergarten to high school. Tired of moving around, I attended all four years of college at Georgia Southern University where I met my future wife, Debbie, now N4APZ.  I have since lived in FL for 20 years and GA for 26 years.

Debbie and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown, educated and married daughters, both of whom are enthusiastically and completely uninterested in ham radio. We also have two granddaughters: Aubrey, 18, who is a freshman at the University of Georgia, and Brylie, 10, who is absolutely horrible at CW, but nevertheless, loves to sit on my lap while assuming the role of "assistant Morse code key or SSB microphone operator" while I'm making contacts.

















Debbie and I are both veterans of thirty-four years in education, but we are pleased to report that we are both retired and almost fully recovered from our educational endeavors. We tell people that most days, we don't do anything and we usually don't start that until after lunch.

I was a physics & chemistry teacher for a few years, a principal or some other type of school-based administrator for twenty-seven years, an frequent adjunct college professor and I finished out my educational career in a regional office of the Georgia Department of Education a few years ago.

Amateur Radio at K4BR
I was first licensed in 1977 as WD4COL and "inherited" my callsign, K4BR, from my father, Bill MacDonald (SK 1998).  I operate mostly CW, but enjoy an occassional SSB rag chew with my ham buddies or a DX station, too.  My equipment includes:
● Icom IC-7600 HF transceiver
● Heil microphone
● N3ZN ZN-5 iambic key
● Alpha 87A linear amplifier
● MFJ 1.5 KW Automatic Intellituner.
● Dentron Super Super 3 KW Antenna Tuner
● 110 feet of Rohn 25 tower
● 75/80 meter dipole up 70'. It was built in the 1980's by my father and refurbished by me in 2014.
● 160 meter ZS6BKW inverted-V up 110'. It is 205' long and is fed with 80' of ladder line and 75' of coax. It is oriented for east/west propagation
● Vaious VHF/UHF transceivers including a Yaesu FTM-100, Icom IC-5100A & a Kenwood TH-D74A handheld.

PLEASE QSL DIRECTLY (no stamps necessary worldwide) or LOTW

I am a member of the:
● A-1 Operators Club
● 10-10 International Association
● Southeastern Repeater Association
● FISTS Club
● ARRL - life member
Burke Amateur Radio Club (president)
● Amateur Radio Club of Augusta (director)
Bird Dog VE Team (team leader and ARRL liason) from the "Bird Dog Capital of the World":  Waynesboro, GA

Actually, Debbie and I are both life members of the ARRL and we are trying to keep those memberships active for as long as we possibly can. I am president of the Burke Amateur Radio Club, trustee for the K4BRK repeaters in Waynesboro including the 145.23, 146.64, and 444.1 and team leader and ARRL liason for the Bird Dog VE Team. I have a web site at k4br.com, which is always in progress.


Try out our Echolink node 73883, a.k.a. K4BR-R, which is our club's 146.64 repeater in Waynesboro, GA.

VE Testing
Waynesboro, GA, "The Bird Dog Capital of the World," has an ARRL-affiliated VE team called Bird Dog VE Team with the website http://birddogve.com.  I am the ARRL liason for the team.  We will bring a VE test to cities/towns in many places in Georgia and South Carolina if invited. 

Besides Amateur Radio
I enjoy golf, but I stay in shape by playing tennis, which I got into literally by accident (broken arm playing h.s. football). After a successful college tennis career, I played tennis professionally for a few years albeit at a level that was not quite at the pinnacle of the game.

I have enjoyed a number of years as a tennis club owner and teaching pro. I was a school administrator, but I taught a LOT of tennis lessons after school and on the weekends.

Besides ham radio, most of my free time now is spent with Debbie trying out a new restaurant, walking on Daytona Beach, sitting around our backyard firepit at "the farm" in Georgia, playing golf with my two son-in-laws or just hanging out at the huntin' club with the guys.

Other Hams In Our Immediate Families:
Bill MacDonald, Jr. (silent key), ex-K4BR, VP9JM, KR6AO, W2CIS and, when first licensed in 1921at age 14, 2CIS - Father
Bill MacDonald III, (silent key) W7VAG - Brother
Rev. Tom Oliver, KA4HED - Father-in-law
Alan Williams, KK4OHV - Cousin
Debbie MacDonald, N4APZ - XYL

73... John MacDonald – K4BR
(cell) 706-466-5646

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