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W4FEB- LOCATION IS GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA

GRID LOCATION IS  FN42DE,  about 35-40 miles WSW of Boston, and bordering the southeast side of WORCESTER, in central Massachusetts. About 2 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- American Legion and American Legion Radio Club....look it up....

      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 area to northwestern Middlesex county in Massachusetts doing work in community dial offces small and large. I started off at New England Telephone as a central office equipment installer, working in the central Massachusetts area,  the Greater Boston area and in  Maine as a equipment installer. After four years on the road,  I worked in central office switching equipment maintenance and support. 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 ( digital data, etc.), ISDN, 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 Southeastern Signal School Ft Gordon, GA for teletypewriter equipment repair, then served in the Army Guard and was assigned to an  Air Cavalry outfit, I transferred to Air Guard for tty communications, then re-trained for telephone communications, as that was my civilian job.  I eventually left  the Air Guard and to work overtime at MA BELL.  They paid more for working weekends at that time at that point. Remember your pay in the service?  

 

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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 of W4FEB back as far as 1938.  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. 

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOME CALLSIGN HISTORY INFORMATION?  try this link and see if if it's there:

https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22callbook%22&page=1

I still have my 1965 vintage S-120 receiver, rebuilt but still hums along on AM, and a HR-1680 built about 1980. I've always had a wire hung wherever I've resided, and it's been hung here for about 30 years. I wasn't licensed until Oct of 2014......a late bloomer.

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. Number 3574..... 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!

10/18/17 QSO with Cliff W4KKP- The World's Oldest Operating Ham- 106 Years old!! Keep going Cliff, see if you make to 147 years, like you told me.

 

 

 

       

 

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

Endorsements:
  • 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)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
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