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Hello, my name is Richard, W4RLR

"Never ask a man what kind of computer he drives. If it's a Mac, he'll tell you. If not, why embarass him?" Tom Clancy
I am a native Floridian, but now call the hills of southern middle Tennessee home. I was born in Miami and spent most of my childhood growing up in Hollywood, Florida. I've been a ham since 2007. currently Amateur Extra Class.   I am an  ARRL accredited volunteer examiner, and a longtime member of The Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles. I am a proud member of the headquarters chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. 
I served in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 1996. In stateside assignments at March Air Force Base, California and Hurlburt Field. Florida I served as a public affairs NCO, writing for the base newspaper and spearheading special projects for the public affairs officer and wing commander. In overseas assignments I served with the Air Force European Broadcasting Squadron (AFNEWS) with assignments- at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey and and Torrejon Air Base, Spain; and with the U.S. Army's American Forces Network-Europe (AFN) with assignments iat Robinson Barracks-Stuttgart, Germany and Soesterberg Royal Netherlands Air Base, The Netherlands. My duties included overnight, afternoon, mid-day, and morning radio announcer, television master control operator, television news reporter, video editor, and station chief broadcaster.  I was medically retired from the U.S. Air Force in January 1996.
After graduating from Cooper City High School in 1975, I attended the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut, where I earned a bachelor's degree in Communication and Theater in 1979, Later, I earned a Certificate in Information Systems Management from the University of Southern California European Division in 1988; and an associates degree in Computer Network Administration from Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida in 1998.
Formerly a member of the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club in Crestview, Florida, where I served as vice president and club station manager, I am now a member of the Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS).
I have four children, two of whom are married and have given my wife and I five grandchildren. My wife and I call our mountaintop home near Sewanee, Tennessee our home base, and we occasionally travel in our 29 foot Jayco Eagle fifth-wheel travel trailer with one main dog, two small auxiliary dogs, and two cats.

My QSL card shows the view outside my shack window, looking to the east towards Chattanooga, Tennessee.

My amateur radio interests include digital modes such as PSK-31, contesting, Field Day, and operating from remote locations.  I am a trained NWS weather spotter with a lifelong interest in weather, including tropical storms and hurricanes. My interest in weather led me to establish my own personal weather station at my home atop the Cumberland Plateau's Price Ridge. This station reports every fifteen minutes to Weather Underground as station KTNSEWAN4 and to the National Weather Service's Citizens Weather Observation Program under my amateur callsign of W4RLR. The current observations at my QTH are below:


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