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That's me huggin-up on Wonder Woman in case any of you are wondering. smiley  My wife took that picture of  Mrs. Carter and me in front of the FOX News building entrance in Manhattan back in November of 2012.  I was at the right place at the right time.  She is much prettier in person than even on the TV.

First licensed in 1974 as WN4NNL with my Novice ticket, I soon upgraded to General and the FCC changed my call to WB4NNL. During my first couple of years as a new ham, I was a member of the ETSU Ham Radio Club.  I had ham fever so bad that I hurried to the club shack between classes to work a cw qso or two.   In mid 1975, my one and only wife of 42 years and I were married and I transferred to UT Knoxville to finish my education in Forest Resource Managment. While there I passed my Advanced test (still administered in front of an FCC examiner).  I was also a member of the W4EAL University Radio Club where I operated on several occasions until graduation in 1977.   We had Swan and Drake gear in that shack, fairly modern for that time period, and a really nice 25G tower sporting a  6-element HyGain multi-band Yagi.  I think it was the TH6DXX.

Earned the Extra Class license in November of 1979 and was assigned the call KF4R.  I changed my call to W4JF in November 1996 via the first on-line FCC callsign change request process.  Extra class hams were beta testers for the FCC back in those days, providing feedback to improve the online experience. That was back in dial-up modem days.  Back in those days, only Extra Class hams had earned the privelege of changing their calls.  You had to be a ham for 2 years before you could even take the Extra Class exam for many years.  

Now days enjoy occasional contacts on 20, 40, and 80....A1 & A3, participate in a few special events.  Not much interest in wall paper... participate in a few contests and I really enjoy contacting special event stations and chasing some dx here and there. I have always enjoyed the public service side of amateur radio.  

I've become a fan of several of the ham radio related podcasts.  For years I had no interest in the idea of listening to a podcast, but now my attitude has changed dramatically.  Lots of good ones out there.  Search for Ham radio, QSO, watts, etc. and you will see several you can try out.  Lots of good info and a great way to stay up to date and "in the loop" of current events and happenings in ham radio, even if some of the hosts are a little lacking in their ham experience.

Running the TS-870S, Heil PR40, Symetrix 528E, with a solid state amp most of the time and my home-brew amp in standby when conditions warrant.  Mostly for CW, I also have a Ten-Tec Omni VII station as well with another solid state amp.  Use a Bencher paddle and an outboard keyer I've had for over 30 years.  Gravitate to CW most of the time these days.  

Life member of the NRA.  Although I enjoy shooting, my true love is bowhunting for deer, elk, and turkey.  I also ride sport touring motorcycles every now and then.  My garage is a mess (as is my attic...and my shack... and my work bench).

XYL an I enjoy our 9 grand children every chance we get.   I thank the Lord for the blessings of life, family, and friends.


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