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UPDATE!! Working with Tiny 12 foot stealth antenna!

I am living in a temporary apartment, so all of the antennas you see here are down.  I am currently using a tiny #22 (virtually invisible) 12 foot wire stealth antenna.  I will hopefully be moving to a "Ham Radio Friendly" QTH shortly where I can get some antennas back up.  I look forward to having some real antennas soon and working all of my friends again sometime in early 2018.

Also, I am posting some 2 meter and 6 meter contacts on YouTube. I have many MP3 files of QSOs on these bands, made during the last 3 years, and I've had many requests to upload them. I'm starting with 2 meter Tropo QSOs made during the last three years. Please go to my YouTube Channel and enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUpTYPJpoiuho6NpeI4S3fw/videos?view_as=public

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73,

Randy

N4QV

 

My VHF Array

 

Pro 95-3

My Mosley Pro-95 on 70 foot crankup

 

My Story

 

My formal name is William, but I’ve always been known by my middle name, Randy.

I was originally licensed at the age of 12 in 1965 as WN4BJY in Smyrna, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. There were a lot of hams in the neighborhood. I would go by and observe, as my Elmers would work stations all over the world on CW and SSB. I was hooked!

I studied the theory and practiced the code. I rode the bus down to the FCC office in Atlanta and passed my novice exam. I got on the air with an SX-117 and a DX-60.

Nine months later, after lots of CW, I passed my General and was awarded WB4BJY. In 1967 I scraped enough money together to buy a used HT-37! I was finally on SSB. Later in October I worked my first CQWW and in November I upgraded antenna system to include a 2 Element Quad at 40 ft. That’s when the DX bug bit!

I enjoyed chatting with many teenage groups all over America. We had a teenage radio amateur club in Atlanta and we would chat almost nightly with teenagers in the San Fernando Valley on 21.300.

I moved to Palmdale, CA with my family in 1969 for a year. I got to meet all those Encino teenagers that I used to chat with on 15 meters. I moved back the Smyrna in 1970. I started loosing interest in Ham radio when I discovered girls and college, and let my license lapse.

I got re-licensed in 1975 as WB4CMD and worked primarily local FM simplex.

I got back into the DX game when I upgraded in 1981 to Advanced and received KD4UH. I quickly put up a 100’ tower and started DXing and contesting with a Drake C-Line.

I moved to Augusta, Georgia in 1986 and lived there till 1991.

Here is "The Rig" in Augusta in 1989:

I was running a Kenwood TS-940SAT into a Swan Mark II Amplifier. I had a 100' tower on one of the highest points in Columbia County.  With an 8-element 2 meter beam side mounted at 90 feet, I provided Packet coverage to the local area from the Southeast DX Club packet cluster node On Toxaway Mountain in North Carolina.  That is an old "dumb" terminal hooked to a Kantronics KPC2400 and a Kenwood TM-2570 70 watt 2 meter rig.  

In 1991, I moved to South Florida, setting up shop in Coconut Grove.

I became N4QV in 1997. I have enjoyed Dxing from Miami and Plantation, Florida ever since.

I have been spending most of my time lately on VHF working 6, 2 and 70 cm SSB, CW and WSJT digital modes, playing High Speed Meteor Scatter. Hope to be on EME soon.

On HF, I am usually on 40 and 80 CW and SSB. Frequencies I frequent are: 7153, 7145, 3745, 3787 and the 75 meter DX window.

I QSL 100% to any cards received via the same method received. I also use LOTW.  I upload to eQSL but I don't really use it.  I have uploaded ALL QSOs since I was a novice, in 1965, to LOTW!  I also upload my logs to ClubLog on a regular basis.

Hope to chat with you on the air soon!

Randy

N4QV

 

Member of: Florida Contest Group, South Florida DX Association, ARRL

DXCC 352 All-Time Mixed, All-Current confirmed except P5

Working on:

6 & 2 meter WAS

10 Band WAS

10 Band DXCC

6, 2 & 70cm VUCC 

 

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