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           IN 2017, I CELEBRATE 65 CONTINUOUS YEARS AS A HAM !

N4ARO is located in the far north-east corner of Tennessee in Washington County. 20 miles from NC and 20 miles from VA. Near several TVA lakes, the Appalachain mountains, and lots of beautiful green scenery.

Member ARRL, QCWA (Life) #13591, SKCC #1099 C.

During 2012,after 59 years of collecting QSL cards from around the world,  I qualified for the CW - WAZ award. Some of the cards were from the 1950's.  I also achieved 5-Band WAS and 5-Band DXCC.  I  have LOTW confirmations for 8 Band DXCC and only need 10 more for 160M. WAS is confirmed on all 9 bands. I work mostly CW, but just for fun, in 2015, I confirmed  my 100th entity on SSB so obtained in addition to my CW and Mixed certificates, one for SSB. 

QSL POLICY: I love to receive and promptly send QSL's.  I appreciate a SASE from US hams.  For DX, (including VE and XE) QSL by the bureau is fine or $ 1.00 US and SAE. I always reply 100%.

LOTW -  I use LOTW for DX contacts. If you are in USA or Canada and wish a LOTW confirmation, please send an email requesting LOTW giving date or contest information, and I will by happy to upload it. I am curent with LOTW inputs back to 2005 for all DX and 160M contacts.

History: First licensed in July 1952 as WN4WNJ just after the novice license was initiated. Hit the airwaves on 80 M cw crystal control using a war surplus BC-454 command receiver and a homebrew 6L6 final xmtr the day the license arrived. It took me a while to figure out that my random wire end-fed antenna was acting as a dummy load on 80 meters, but it did work very well at blacking out all the TV sets, telephones and radios within a 2 mile radius. TVI complaints were so bad I built one of the first QRP transmitters using a battery powered 1T4 (tube) sealed in an aluminum box (running about 1/10 watt) which allowed me to work the local guys during TV watching time. Changing to a center fed dipole, I was able to get a signal out of the back yard on 80 Meters and most of the TVI problem was solved. Within the next six months, I upgraded to General class and dropped the "N" becoming W4WNJ. Shortly thereafter, a new 100 wt. home-built transmitter with parallel 1625’s in the final, an external VFO, and a 20-meter ground plane turned me into a moderately dedicated CW DX'er. During those early years, I also worked AM phone on 160 meters (my ragchewing days).

From 1966 to 1978 after moving from TN to Los Angeles, California, I traded in my call for a 6-land call (W6IMD). During that period, I occasionally found time to operate. If you have one of those cards it is a rarity as I found lots of other diversions in the big city during that time frame.

Upon moving back to W4 land, I naively asked FCC for my old call back; they of course completely ignored the request. Upon receiving the new ticket I was surprised to learn I was now N4ARO. Receiving one of the earliest "N" prefix calls was a bit of a surprise, but with phonetics of "Amateur Radio Operator" I quickly became happy with the new call. Even after upgrading to Extra class in 1980 and after being transferred back to W6 land in 1982, this call was kept VERY active as a /6 during the 80's and 90’s in Contesting especially the California QSO party, Field Day,160 meter contests, QCWA, and various other contests.

I was largely inactive as a ham from 1996 until late 2005 during a period of life adjustments, retiring and moving back to Tennessee.With the help and insistence of some local hams including an old friend from early ham days, Don - N4TN (now SK); I became busy hanging wires in the trees. Now I have an inverted "L" for 160/80 Meters up about 60 feet, two full wave Delta Loops (E/W and N/S) for 40M and 30M with which I also work 20,15, and 10 meters, a Multi Delta loop for the three WARC bands, a 5-Band Hexbeam up about 35 feet, and various other vertical and horizontal wires. I mostly work CW and every night that I operate is Straight Key Night as I use either an 1800's Western-Union "Pole Changer" telegraph key or the same trusty J-38 key which went on the air with the original home brew rig 59 years ago.  I can almost say I have never owned or used an amplifier - running 100 watts all the time. One exception was once when I liberated an Amp from a CB'ers estate and promptly sold it to another ham. 

If you can't wait to read the whole 9 yards of biographical information, see exciting pictures of xtal sets, old radios, and many other fabulous things and more words than you will want to read, go to my personal webspace and check it out. Thanks to N4TN (now SK) for making the page for me.I hope to find some help updating it with new and more exciting information and photos as I remember it. Click on the following ink: http://webpages.charter.net/ham-n4aro/index.html

73 and hope to work you on the bands. Look for me in the Tennessee QSO party the first week-end of September each year. My other favorite QSO parties which I try to participate in each year are: California, New England, 7-Land, and Arizona.  

73 Dick

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