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I was first licensed on 05/11/1993 as a novice and worked mostly all CW and did make a few SSB contacts with my first rig a Kenwood TS-520. The following month I upgraded to the technician plus class license which now gave me access to the local 2 meter repeaters. On April 12th 1994 I received my general class license which gave me more of the hf frequencies. This whole time I found that I really enjoyed CW and even got to practice it at work during breaks with my elmer who worked with me. Since I lived in a sub division with all the restriction I ended up using a Hustler vertical mounted only about 10 feet from my townhouse connected to my deck. I also had a multi trap dipole in my attic but the vertical worked the best. On 02/22/1995 I passed my advance class exam and received my advanced class license. This gave me a little more space on the hf bands. I continued to practice my cw and finally on 08-17-1995 I received my extra class license can you believe it 20 wpm I went from nothing to 20 wpm in two years it was well worth it. When I first started to learn cw I borrowed a couple of Gordon West cassette tapes from a friend and would set at home in the living room with my head phones on while my wife watched tv. I would also listen to the tapes while I was driving. I was so use to sending my callsign in cw that I made a decision at that time to keep it. When the vanity program started I was tempted but stuck with my orignal callsign. I have had many hf rigs (entry level) and the one I have now has been by far the best for me. I am about 99% of the time on the digital modes JT9, JT65, FT8 and PSK. The other two radios are what I use for the local repeaters and have been trying to figure out Dstar. I am a member of the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club which will be celebrating it's 70th year since it was first started. I have also qualified as a volunteer examiner. I like to help out when I can and enjoy watching peoples faces when they pass their exam or get their first license.

My current staion

  • Icom IC-7300
  • Icom IC-2820H 
  • MFJ-929 Auto Tuner
  • 132' off center feed dipole @ 35'

 

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DX World Award#5988
Granted: 2017-10-04 19:02:02   (KE4BCN)

United States Counties Award#3055
Granted: 2016-07-22 22:08:02   (KE4BCN)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#11725
Granted: 2016-05-16 14:00:02   (KE4BCN)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#13012
Granted: 2016-05-16 13:55:02   (KE4BCN)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#2068
Granted: 2016-05-08 15:35:02   (KE4BCN)

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