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Greetings and thanks for looking me up.

My ham radio "career" began in April,1964, in Trussville, AL., as WN4SSQ, just prior to my sixteenth birthday.  Then upgraded to WA4SSQ (novices had only one year to upgrade or lose their license back then!), a proud general class operator! My original station was an old Heathkit DX40 crystal controlled transmitter running 75 watts input, and a Hammarlund HQ110C receiver. College came along and then a working career, during which time my license expired. In 1973 I became active again and was relicensed as WB5WJL in Monroe, LA. Later held N4XC, KU5H, and finally K4KJC (vanity callsign); this call originally belonged to Jim Hayes, now W4XS, who along with N4EO (ex-WA4GKO) were the two guys who helped me get into ham radio as a youngster.  Many thanks to Jerry, N4EO, for pushing me along when I was ready to give up studying!

Current interests include CW ragchew, an occasional SSB ragchew, and checking into several of my favorite nets.  Most recently have gotten hooked on D-Star and have really enjoyed learning and operating this fairly new digital mode.  Operate most bands from 80 meters through 70 cm.  Home station includes an Elecraft K3/P3/KPA500, a 756ProII, an SB220, a  Kenwood TS830S (on loan from KM4HD), a Ten Tec Omni VI+, and a Yaesu FT847.  

Antennas include a Cushcraft A4S at 56 feet, double bazookas for 40 and 80, a five element Cushcraft for six meters at 60 feet, and a 14 element yagi for 2 meter SSB. An original Ringo 2 meter vertical is at the top of the mast.

ARRL Life Member, DXCC, CFO #105 (Chicken Fat Operators, a not-so-serious CW gang started by Jim,W9TO, who designed the old Hallicrafters TO keyer), Southcars #4806, and #1393 in the 7240 Club. Also enjoy checking into the Intercon/Maritime Mobile Service Net on 14.300. 

I spent the last fifteen years of my working life as an over-the-road truck driver. Ham radio was a constant companion and helped fill the many long hours of "windshield time".  Have been retired since 2014, and seem to stay busier now than ever!

Look forward to seeing you on the bands from EM80wg (northeast Florida).  73, Mike


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