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As of February 13, 2018 I have left my old call KK4ZHU behind, and I am now KD4GE  

My interest in radio was rekindled in December 2013 at the age of 52 after having been off the air since 1983 when I was in broadcasting at WVAP -Langley, SC .  (1979-1983).  I'm now usually on 75 meters most mornings (3.856), and evenings (3.950).  

I have two stations that are just about mirror image stations.  

Studio A, located at my office, consists of aYaesu FT 990 with MD-1 desk mic, Kenwood TS 590SG with a EV RE320 mic or the Jabra GN9350 wireless headset, Ameritron AL80 B amplifier, Acom 1500 amplifier, and the Palstar HF Auto tuner, and a Palstar AT2K tuner.  The antenna is a Carolina Windom 80.  

Studio B, located at my home QTH, consists of a Yaesu FT 990, Kenwood TS-590SG with a Shure SM58 mic, or the Jabra GN9350 wireless headset, Ameritron AL 80 B amplifier, Palstar HF Auto tuner, and the antenna is a Carolina Windom 80.

My Go Box consists of an Icom IC-718, LDG tuner, and one of several inverted V antennas I made. Also carry one or two of several dual band hand helds.  I enjoy studying and building antennas.

1977: I started doing disc jockey work in 1977 at the age of 16.  I did high school class reunions, corporate parties, school dances, birthday parties, or any other events that would pay my fee, which was generally anywhere from $150 to $350 per night, depending on who was doing the hiring, and how far I had to drive.  That was pretty good money for a 16 year old in the late 70s.   Early on I was using two separate turntables to spin records, but I found a dual turntable DJ outfit at a local music store..  I wanted it but didn't have the money, so I traded my 1963 Gibson SG guitar in for the dual turntable outfit.  My thinking at the time (in my highly educated know-it-all 17 year old mind) was that I could make money with the DJ outfit, and at the time I wasn't making any money with the vintage Gibson guitar, which wasn't so vintage at the time, but now looking back on it 40 years later, I kick myself every time I think about trading that guitar.  Excuse me while I kick myself again!  I wish I had that guitar back with the old tube Fender twin reverb amplifier.

1979: Upon graduating high school in late May of '79 I wanted to work at a radio station, so I walked in at our local station W-VAP in Langley, SC and asked if there were any openings.    As a matter of fact there was.   I became the morning man working 6-10 a.m.  I worked mornings through the summer and weekends once I started college.  I did some evenings for a while but went part time at the station once I got out of college just working at the station on the weekends.    Once I got a full time job as a machinist, which is what I went to college for, I worked weekends at the station until it became too much of a burden taking up my weekends after having worked all week in the machine shop.  By now it's mid-1983.

1982:  I hired on with E.I. DuPont at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken, SC, and did machinist work there for a number of years before advancing into the Dimensional Inspection Lab where I operated precision measuring equipment working with dimensions and tolerances out to six decimal places (0.000001").   I really enjoyed working with design engineers and operating coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), video microscopes, laser profilometers, roundness and cylindricity measuring machines, autocollimators, optical flats, and lots of other really neat equipment.  Was in a lab environment where we had to maintain NIST standards and temperature was held to 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees F) with a plus/minus temperature tolerance of 1/2 degree and 40% humidity to insure accurate measurements.  I did this until I retired in February of 2011.

Another thing that happened in 1982 was that I ran into an old guitar picker friend who invited me to come out and play at a local Friday/Saturday night dance hall, initially as a sit-in player, but became a regular, and over the years played in various bands until I got involved in Bluegrass music about 1983 and traded in my electric instruments for acoustic instruments.  I did play electric guitar in some country honky tonks until about 1987 but after that I did get rid of all of the electric guitars in favor of mostly Martin and Gibson acoustics.  Vintage guitars became a passion for me in the late 80s, and through the 1990s I acquired a nice collection of vintage acoustic guitars including old National Duolians, vintage Martin and Gibson guitars, early Washburn guitars made in Chicago, among others.  I played in several Bluegrass bands and in 1994 founded Savannah River Bluegrass Band with bass player friend Ronnie Davis, the award winning fiddler George Pritchard (who held state championships for both North Carolina and South Carolina), and banjoist Tom Lowery.  We've recorded 5 CDs and 2 DVDs to date.  Have had a few personnel changes over the years.  George passed away in 2009. Tom dropped out of the band and we picked up Steve Smith, formerly of Carolina Bluegrass, on banjo, and Gary Oxley who had been with us on mandolin for 18 years passed away in September of 2016.  We took a break for about a year and did not perform, but we have recently started working again with John Lowery now on mandolin, Ronnie on bass, Steve on banjo, and myself on guitar as of September 2017.   

1987: Met my beautiful wife in '87 and married in '90.  Bought a home on 20 acres out in the country in June of '90 and started building my shop in December '90.

1990: I built a machine shop on our 20 acres where my wife and I live here just outside Aiken, SC and started doing machine shop work, mostly for my enjoyment, but I got interested in collecting early antique electric fans and I restore them back to their former glory.  Am interested mainly in the early period of 1880s to about 1930 or so.  You can see some of my work on my web site at www.HudsonsCustomMachining.com.  If you take a look at my web site you'll see that I enjoy collecting many other antiques as well. 

2011: Retired from Savannah River Site after 29 years service. 

2014:  Getting back to Ham Radio...I passed the Technician test in March and due to traveling with the band couldn't get back to take the General class test until June but aced it with a 100% score.  Passed the Amateur Extra exam on January 13, 2018.  I've found a home on 3.856 in the mornings, and 3.950 in the evenings.  I like to DX on 17 meters when it's open and 20 meters as well.  Have made lots of friends on 40 and many of the other bands.  Stop in and call for me on 3.856 most mornings between 9 a.m. and about 12 noon, or 3.950 between 6 p.m. and midnight (I'm in and out depending on what's going on, but typically try to get in there most every night for an hour or two at least).  I built a Go Box that I take when I go camping or most anywhere that I'll be away from home for more than a few days.  Can do all of the HF bands 10-80 and VHF and UHF as well.

Below is my 1957 Cushman Eagle with a slightly modified, well okay, very modified, V-Twin engine built by engine builder Al Hodge at Performance V Twins, just outside Charlotte, NC.    This little Cushman Eagle did 122.4 mph around the track at Lowe's Motor Speedway last time the Cushman rally was held in Charlotte.  I've also got a 1959 Cushman Super Eagle, and a 2009 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.  My wife and I enjoy going to several of the motorcycle rallies held throughout the year and riding as much as we can.

Other interests:  Performing with my band, Savannah River Bluegrass.  Celebrating 20 years together as a band (2014).   See us on You Tube.  Also collecting early/antique electric and mechanical fans, heaters, motors, & dynamos c.1880s-1920s, and vintage radios.

Most comforting thought:  Knowing that God is in control and that Jesus Christ is my Lord, and Savior.

NRA Life Member 

USCCA Life Member  

My email is: darryl@HudsonsCustomMachining.com or KK4ZHU@gmail.com

Please visit: www.HudsonsCustomMachining.com   and





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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KD4GE
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KG4CJN 2018-03-19 80m SSB EM94sh United States TERRY W BARFIELD
WB4JSB 2018-03-19 80m SSB EM72MM39 United States James S Boyett
SP9FIH 2018-03-19 20m SSB Poland JANUSZ WEGRZYN
IZ4NPE 2018-03-15 20m SSB JN54TU30 Italy Gianfranco Ascani
IZ0PAU 2018-03-15 20m SSB JN61gu Italy MARCELLO MURA
KB0LYL 2018-03-15 20m SSB EN34rn United States ARTHUR K HAAGE
CU2AA 2018-03-15 20m SSB HM77dr Azores JACINTO FERNANDES GIL
DK6JM 2018-03-14 40m SSB JO31jg Germany Heinz Brause
YO9CKJ 2018-03-14 40m SSB KN34aw Romania GHEORGHE GELU DRAGOS
EW2R 2018-03-14 40m SSB Belarus Alexander Auchinnicau
TI5JON 2018-03-14 40m SSB EK70va Costa Rica Jonathan Araya Alfaro
YO7MPD 2018-03-14 40m SSB KN15oc Romania PETRE VASIOIU
W5LDR 2018-03-14 40m SSB EM03oi United States Lonnie D Rue Jr
YU1XA 2018-03-14 40m SSB JN93wu Serbia Blagomir Mitrasinovic
A41NN 2018-03-14 40m SSB LL93GL44 Oman MOHAMMED AL ZADJALI

Book Totals: 50 qso's   12 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#18964
Granted: 2017-11-21 04:36:02   (KK4ZHU)

United States Counties Award#7895
Granted: 2017-11-21 04:34:02   (KK4ZHU)

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Grid Squared Award#17736
Granted: 2017-11-21 04:30:02   (KK4ZHU)

United States Award#3572
Granted: 2017-10-28 01:34:02   (KK4ZHU)

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