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My previous callsigns include VQ9D (Seychelles - Before Independence), VQ9D/D (Desroches - British Indian Ocean Territory), S79D (Seychelles - After Independence), VQ9RB (Diego Garcia - British Indian Ocean Territory (5/90 through 5/93), G0/WB4YZU (United Kingdom), WB4YZU, and K4FTW. I was first licensed in 1967 as a Novice (WN4FCS) and then as a General/Conditional while overseas. I upgraded to Extra in 1993 when I returned to the USA, and also hold a GROL commercial license and work in the Land Mobile Service (Public Safety), managing and maintaining an 800MHz Motorola P25 Trunking System .

2017 marked 50 years since I was first licensed.

I am an ARRL Volunteer License Instructor, an ARRL VE, am involved in my local club, the Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (PARC), my church, and have been involved in the BSA Scouting program most of my life. I really enjoy "giving back" to these organizations.

I currently operate with a Icom IC-7300 to a home-brewed 31-ft wire vertical fed with an AT-100 Pro II tuner and a 4:1 Un-Un, and am getting very good results with it. For portable operation I use a Ten-Tec R4040 QRP rig (YouKits HB1B) or a Yaesu FT-817nd and an W1SFR 40-6 meter end-fed antenna with an EMTECH ZM-2 ATU. I also work digital modes (JT-65, JT-9, FT8, PSK, RTTY, etc.). The CW end of the business is with a Kent Twin-Paddle TP-1 key and a WinKeyer USB (unless I have dusted off the straight key).

For portable operations, I am currently evaluating a Wolf River Coils Silver Bullet 1000 TIA antenna system.

I use DXLab software for rig control and logging, WSJT-X for JT-65/JT-9/FT8, and FlDigi for whatever digital modes are left.

You can keep track of my "adventures" on my blog at http://n4bc.com.

73 de Dick N4BC

QCWA # 36139     SKCC # 10710     NAQCC # 6947

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Grid Squared Award#15084
Granted: 2017-01-30 15:54:21   (N4BC)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20M Mixed
  • 40M Mixed
  • 20M CW
  • 20M Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Phone
United States Counties Award#5874
Granted: 2017-01-29 11:28:05   (N4BC)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#16496
Granted: 2017-01-29 11:28:04   (N4BC)

Endorsements:
  • 10M CW
  • 10M Mixed
DX World Award#5030
Granted: 2017-01-29 11:28:00   (N4BC)

United States Award#2828
Granted: 2017-01-29 11:27:59   (N4BC)

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