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I have been an amateur radio operator since the age of 13 (1960). My first callsign was KN4TRJ (Novice) which later became K4TRJ when I upgraded to General Class.

In the early 70s, when incentive licensing was introduced by the FCC, those hams who had held an Amateur Extra Class license prior to incentive licensing were given an opportunity to apply for a callsign of their choice. This was long before vanity callsigns became available.  I had applied to the FCC for any combo of 1X2 calls with my initials as the suffix. That is when I was issued the call N4RT.  At first, I didn't like the new 'N' prefix, but since I am primarily a CW operator, I came to like it the more I used it.  So, I've held N4RT ever since.

I spent 21 years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted Aircrewman (radio op) and Naval Flight Officer (E-2B aircraft).  I logged over 1500 hours in various Naval aircraft (C-118/R6D, SP-2E, T-29, TF-9, EC-121, and E-2B) and over 250 "cats and traps" on US Navy aircraft carriers.  I retired from Naval Aviation in 1985.  During that time I held two other calls, KA2RT and JR1ZWO, while stationed in Japan.  After retiring from the Navy, I spent a year in Berlin, Germany where I held the call DJØMAW.

I am active on all bands on all modes but work CW most of the time.  I collect the old tube-type boatanchor rigs and have a growing collection of Collins, Johnson, RME, Hammarlund, Central Electronics, Hallicrafters, Gonset, and Globe (W.R.L.) equipment.

I am now retired from Airbus Americas Engineering in Mobile, AL, where I worked as an electrical engineer leading a team that designed wire harnesses for the Airbus A330 and A340 series aircraft.

The picture to the right of my smiling face above is my "Sky King" AM transmitter.  This is a homebrew pair of 4-1000s modulated by a pair of 4-1000s and was built in a Collins 20V-2 chassis by Robert Smith, WØVMC.  You can usually hear me on the air with this transmitter on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on 3885 kHz (AM).  If you'd like to know more about the "Sky King" transmitter and see it in operation, click on the video below.  Thanks to my friend John, W4TP, for making the video and to YouTube for hosting it!

The next picture is my tower system with Tennadyne T-8 log periodic dipole array (LPDA) for 13 - 30 MHz and above that is my four element six meter Cubex "Queen Bee" quad.  The tower is manufactured by my good friend, Drake Dimitry, KG4BVE, who owns Heights Towers located in nearby Pensacola, FL.  I highly recommend his all aluminum free-standing, crank-up, fold-over, towers!

The last picture is my ham shack/work shop where all the "magic" happens.  Hope to work you on the air soon!

73,

Ron N4RT

 

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