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Thanks for viewing my Bio - and thanks for the QSO!!!!

MORE PICTURES BELOW.   QSLsLOTW Preferred and Direct with a SASE.  (No SASE - No return QSL!  Sorry.)  I upload to e-QSL only as a courtesy.  No Buro.   If you use LOTW or EQSL and our QSO does not get confirmed, send me an e-mail.


I am a contester:  You can see my contest activity here: http://www.3830scores.com/findcall.php?call=N4IQ

Licensed since 1963 (WN4OWY): Extra since 1969.  My call N4iQ (1974) is an original - not a vanity call.  Ham interests: cw (my primary mode), digital modes, dxing and contesting.  I am a member of the Greer (SC) ARC, CW Ops, Swamp Fox Contest Group, SC DX Association and South East Contest Club.   Awards: confirmed DXCC 336 mixed (including deleted countries) - worked on wires and vertical antennas, all worked with my own equipment at my own qth.  ARRL DXCC Challenge Award (Working on Level III), CW-Phone-Digital DXCC, 9 Band DXCC,  9 Band WAS, WAS Triple Play, ARRL RTTY WAS #34 (mid-70's on the Green Keys & ST-6)WPX (1400 +), WAZ, VUCC/6m-300+ plus numerous contest awards.   I enjoy working with antennas; mobile & portable operating. Other interests: RVing; RC aircraft flying.  My twin Brother is Phil, AC4Q . Younger brother, Jon, is WN4GM near Orlando, Fl. My Older brother, Bob - KI4VRP, and my mother, Maxine - KB4QYF, became SKs in 2013. They are greatly missed.  My XYL, Elaine, and I have been together since 1967 - a record in these times.

I am a Vietnam Era Army Veteran. Career wise, I am a retired registered consulting engineer (PE - electrical); alumnus of Auburn University and Clemson University. Go Tigers!!! Also, I am also a retired registered medical imaging technologist and taught medical imaging courses at a local college for ten years. 


I love my pet family. Below, left, is Prince - AKA Prince Charles, my brindle 70 lb pit bull who was my P&J and my best buddy until November of 2014.  He left this earth  at  ten years of age,  Can't describe how much I still miss him.   We have since adopted a loveable, young pit bull boy named Toby - what a joy and a handful (2nd pix from left).  I also have a brindle 70+ lb American Bulldog named Sarge - AKA Meat Ball (3rd from pix from left) - my big baby. Screamer (right pix) - my grown up kitten - always reminds me of who is really in charge of our home. We also have five other cats - Dewy, Sarah,Cowboy, Woods Cat and Shadow

       (L->R)  Prince                                              Toby                                           Sarge                                  Screamer           


My two Kenwood TS590 rigs operate in SO2R for contesting (center picture below).  SDR Panadapters (2) use a FC Pro+ or a SDRPlay.  Each TS590 has a VE3NEA cw skimmer.  One TS-590(SG) drives an Ameritron AL-1306 1.2  KW solid state amp with an MFJ-998 1.5 KW autotuner while the other TS-590(S) drives aTokyo High Power HL-1.5KFX solid state 1 KW amp with a different MFJ-998 1.5 KW autotuner.  Bandpass Filters are BandPasser II's that are autoswitched by N1MM+.  At another position (Digital, VHF/UHF SSB) , I use a TS-2000 on HF driving an 600W ASL-600 solid state amp (right picture below).   The TS2k is also used on 2M with a  400W TE Systems 1452G solid state amplifier and on 432 Mhz with a 100W Mirage D1010 amplifier.

I have some vintage equipment, but no true boat anchors. In the picture - below right - on the top shelf, you can see my FT-101E rig and a matching remote VFO, speaker phone patch, monitor scope and FL-2100B amplifier.  My "GoTo" portable rig is a Kenwood TS-50 / AT-50 HF transceiver and tuner. For QRP, I operate a vintage HW-8 2 Watt rig,  A RCI 5054dx is used to monitor 6 meters and is mated with a TE systems 180 W amplifier. 

                   (L->R )   N4iQ                                       SO2R TS590 x 2                                       TS2000 & FT101E        

TS590x2 SO2R


VHF/UHF: Various Comet verticals for FM; 3 element Cushcraft 6M beam at 40 ft;7 element M-Square 2M beam at 44 ft. 

HF:   I use 14 HF, remotely switched, wire or vertical, antennas located in the forest.  Of these, I mainly use (1) a 160M Carolina Windom; (2) a pair of 80M Carolina Windoms oriented 40 degrees from each other which gives 360 degree coverage on 20M with 2 db gain. The Windoms also give about 5db(d) gain on 12M and 10M; (3) a pair of  40/20M bidirectional Super Loops (on 40M operates as a delta loop - on 20M it operateds as an open 1.75 wavelength loop with about 3 db(d) gain - one oriented NW/SE and another NE/SW; (3) a pair of 30/15-12M bidirectional Super Loops oriented NE/SW and NW/SE;  (4) a two loop K9AY steerable Low Band 160-80 receiving array antenna, and (5) four Beverages (BOG) NE/NW/SE/SW.


Below is my RV trailer station. This is a permanent installation and is also used for Field Day. The fellow in the picture below is my younger brother Jon, WN4NG, enjoying a needed rest during a recent Field Day. My RV rig is based around a Kenwood TS-480SAT and a tube AL-811H 600W HF amplifier. Antennas are usually a 12 ft 600W Outback Outreach whip with an Alpha Delta tripod and/or a 40M Carolina Windom operated as an inverted vee.

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