I was licensed in 1958 at the age of 12 as WV2HWF in my home town of Buffalo, NY. I earned my General ticket 6 months later and honed my CW skills mostly on 40 meters using a military ARC5 transmitter and a National 109 receiver. Later, I built an Eico 720 and matching 730 modulator using a 6146 and got on AM phone.
I upgraded to Advanced in 1975 and got my Extra in 1983. I’ve been continuously licensed and active for over 50 years. I’ve had more calls than I can remember because the FCC required a different call upon moving, and I have lived in 27 cities throughout my career. I did my first field day in June of 1958 and have participated in many more since. I’ve been active in P.R. as well as a Volunteer Examiner for the League. In 1984, I received a Federal appointment as State Chairman for West Virginia of the Emergency Broadcast System. While in West Virginia, I served as President of the Kanawha Valley Amateur Radio Club.
I currently am active on HF using a Yaesu FT-1000 Field Mark V. I inherited the rig from my good friend Dave K8BPX who is now a silent key. I have an Ameritron AL-811 running about 500 watts. I have a 80/40 Alpha Delta dipole, and I have a tower which my XYL purchased for me with a Mosley TA-33 on it at about 35 feet. In the car, I have a Yaesu 857D with an autotuner and Hamstick single band antennas on the top of my "Redneck Truck". I'm also active on the 146.64 repeater in Vero Beach. I have built several 430 Mhz ATV repeaters and have a ATV transmitter in our airplane. I also enjoy some of the new digital modes like DMR, EasyPal, FreeDV and have a D-Star rig..We also have erected the WA4TCD D-STAR repeater (Treasure Coast Digital) on 145.400 mHZ serving the Vero Beach area from 420 feet.
In 1976, my good friend Bill Pasternack – WA6ITF asked me if I would help him by voicing an amateur radio bulletin he was writing called Westlink. Later, the name would be changed to the Amateur Radio Newsline. Bill personally wrote over 1900 of these weekly bulletins prior to his untimely passing in 2015, and I was proud to be associated with his dedicated effort which iaired on over 400 bulletin stations around the world.
In June 2010, I celebrated 50 years in broadcasting. I started off as a disk jockey in 1960 and have been in the business continuously. In December, 2016, I resigned from a small, family owned broadcasting company that operates 5 radio stations along the Treasure Coast of Florida which is about 30 miles south of Cape Canaveral. I spent a delightful 14 years as VP/GM.
My “better half” Patty – K4PAG is active on HF and VHF. In addition to ham radio, we enjoy flying our Piper Pathfinder PA-28-235, as well as camping in our Vogue motorhome named the “Truckster”, and fishing. We have three grown kids and five beautiful grand-kids. God has blessed us in many ways.
On my 67th birthday in 2012, Patty suprised me with a thoughtful gift of a beautifully restored Heathkit HR-20 and HX-20 matching twins. These radios were Heath's first venture into mobile sideband around 1962. I treasure them and hope to work you soon (although we might drift a bit 'till the tubes warm up). I have recently added a 1kW Heath Warrior amplifier.
Here's a picture of the shack from August,2013. The vintage Heath gear is on the right side
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