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The Indian 

          ......In honor of, and with all respect to all Native Americans


Having procrastinated for 40 years I finally entered the amateur radio world in  April of 2015. 

 I reside in Elkton, Virginia which is a small community located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Elkton is located about 5 miles west of the Skyline Drive located at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountain. 

I am a retired Master HVAC/R mechanic-designer after spending 35 years in the HVAC/R industry in the Washington DC metropolitan area. My specialties included Geo-Thermal design/build, Indoor Air Quality, custom high pressure system design/build as well as boiler and steam systems, in the residential/commercial/industrial venues.

On December 4, 2015 vanity call K4NDN was awarded to me. I adopted this is honor of all Native Americans, and the term 'Indian' is not meant to reflect any disrespect. Although my heritage is not fully traceable due to poor records, I do have about 1/8 Cherokee in my lineage.

I live with and provide care for my adult son Troy who has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. He and I enjoy traveling, cooking and sports of all kind. Troy and I also are active in Area 4 Virginia Special Olympics, he as an athlete and board member as athlete representative and I as a coach, volunteer, board member and fundraiser. 

Additionally, Troy is a Global Messenger for Special Olympics Virginia. In this capacity he serves as an ambassador to Special Olympics Virginia by speaking at various civic and public venues about the importance of Respect, Unity and Inclusion. Your donation to Special Olympics is always appreciated, if you would like to help you may send your donations to my address on QRZ. All donations are 100% deductible, 501(c) certification and receipts are available upon request.  Please follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/area4specialolympics

I am a net control station for the Hurricane Watch Net which activates during hurricane emergencies. I began this role in a probationary position in October 2017. Here is a link to the Hurricane Watch Net: https://www.hwn.org/

I am a member of SKYWARN (#GR-008) and The OMISS Net(#10237)

I am also an alternate Net Control Station for the North American Traffic and Awards Net (NATA Net). NATA is a worked all states and awards net that meets daily at 21:30 UTC on 40M usually 7.185 MHz. Here is a link to our homepage, registration is easy, there are no fees or dues to join: http://www.natanet.org

In order to allow all participants of our net to follow along, the NATA Net uses NetLogger, a free and easy to use software that will log contacts and populate to LoTW, eQSL and QRZ.  Here is the link to NetLogger: http://www.netlogger.org/

Additionally I serve as National Technical Advisor to NTARA - National Tribal Amateur Radio AssociationThis 501(c) organization provides tribal areas with communications equipment donated by YOU, the ham operator! Many of these tribal lands have little to no cell service, some without landline! Please consider donating your working used HF, VHF or UHF equipment to our cause by contacting me on QRZ address.

Thanks for taking time to say hello via the web link, I appreciate your checking out the K4NDN page, 73!

I am not in a position to send cards, but I do appreciate your ecard always :)


The Shack:

Top L to R:

Pro 160 Radio Shack Scanner, 3 Monitors, Yaesu FT-60


Bottom L to R:

Toshiba Laptop for Wx and PSK reporter, Kenwood D-710 APRS Dual Band, FT450-D w/ MFJ-929 Tuner and SignaLink USB, Heil Proset Headset, Astron 50 Amp PS (FT450-D), Samlex 35 Amp PS (D-710), and last right is a two dollar tablet I picked up at Goodwill that I am running a dual clock display of local time and UTC.




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  • I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
  • I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
  • I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
  • I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
  • I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
  • I will always send my full call sign.
  • I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
  • I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
  • When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
  • I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
  • I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect. 




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United States Award#2532
Granted: 2016-10-06 16:47:49   (K4NDN)

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World Continents Award#15216
Granted: 2016-09-12 01:49:58   (K4NDN)

  • 30 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#300
Granted: 2016-07-19 02:09:04   (K4NDN)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
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  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12510
Granted: 2016-05-31 16:47:57   (K4NDN)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
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