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GRID LOCATION IS  FN42DE,  about 35-40 miles WSW of Boston, and bordering the southeast side of WORCESTER, in central Massachusetts. About 3 miles south of the 99 mile marker of the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-90.

MY name is RANDY and my former/original callsign  was KC1ATV, and YES I'm from Massachusetts. It throws people off when contesting, but it's W-4-FEB. 

       TEN-TEN Member # 77223       YL System # 17260                      

      Member ARRL- American Radio Relay League   

      Member-  CMARA- Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Assn. Inc. Check the website: at http://www.cmara.org.

      Member of the Association of BellTel Retirees, Inc. and the Telephone Pioneers.

      Retired member International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers- Telephone Workers Local 2325 (VERIZON PLANT) with 38+ years service as a central office switching and toll systems/fiber optic transmission technician.  For about 25 years I maintained and supported electronic switching systems for Verizon and predecessor operating companies in Massachusetts. I worked 2B-ESS and DMS-100 central offices of Central Massachusetts on a roving basis. I Worked on the road from Worcester to Boston in Massachusetts and did a tour once in  Maine as a equipment installer (COEI). In the end, I was a "Four-wall central office technician", maintaining the entire switching, digital carrier, and fiber-optic systems installed in community dial central offices in this area, in addition to wiring and provisioning POTS, ADSL, Private line services ( didgiatl data, etc.) and FIOS services. Along the way I earned an associates degree in telecommunications to round it all out.

      Retired call-volunteer firefighter- Grafton FD, Grafton Center, MA, Ladder 1.  21 years service + 4 years before that in  neighboring Millbury, MA = 25 years of middle of the night calls. At one point, both towns. Some how I don't miss it. My dad did it before me, and two brothers also served as firefighters for a number of years.

       I trained at US Army Signal School Ft Gordon, GA for teletypewriter equipment repair, then served in the Army Guard and was assigned to an  Air Cavalry outfit. Discharged and transferred to Air Guard for tty communications, retrained for telephone communications, my eventual civilian job.  I got tired of being passed over because of equipment refitting and retraining in the Air Guard, without any offers of added stripes. Left after 6 years after being passed over for stripes, I left to work overtime at MA BELL.



What's a W4 doing in Massachusetts? I did a little research, knowing that my grandfather OC was a long time ham radio operator in Tennessee. So shortly after  starting that research, I ended up with a 1953 Amateur Radio Callbook that told me his call sign . As of  February 2015, I hold the callsign W4FEB,  which previously was assigned to my grandfather OC (SK 1959) out of Shelby County, Tennessee.  I have since then documented his use use W4FEB back as far as 1940.  I remember Mom talking about " FRIED EGGS BACON" and CQ - " dah dit dah dit- dah dah dit dah" when I was growing up,  That's where my curiosity for ham radio came from...Thus, the W4 prefix. I now call it my "recovered callsign". W4FEB went unassigned from about 1960 until I requested it in 2015.  It was unclaimed for about 45 years. It's now my call sign. A W4 in Massachusetts? That is how it happened. 

I belong to ARRL, and I am a member of the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Assoc., and serve as a member of the Board of Directors of CMARA,   As a member of the Board of Directors, I extend a welcome to anyone interested in the club to check the website WWW.CMARA.ORG for membership details. CMARA is one of the oldest chartered ARRL affiliated clubs in the country. 

....and on August 28, 2017, confirmed all 50 United States for Worked All States in Logbook of the World, and accepted at ARRL on 09/06/2017. YAY! So I now can say I've worked all states and DC.  and just in....It's here, my WAS Certificate!!!

QRZ.COM United States Award on 09/10/2017.    They are piling up here!






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United States Counties Award#388
Granted: 2016-07-19 04:03:01   (W4FEB)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#3395
Granted: 2017-09-11 01:38:30   (KC1ATV)

Grid Squared Award#11306
Granted: 2016-04-19 17:01:46   (KC1ATV)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
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