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Moved from Visalia CA, to Lyman SC. Lyman is in the Greenville area. We moved here to be close to my daughter and her husband. My first grandchild, Austin was born Thanksgiving 2013.

. I was first licensed in 1965 as WN2TUN in Hornell, New York at age 14. Hard to believe it was over 50 years ago now.

Graduated from, Drake University in Des Moines Iowa in 1973. In Iowa I held the call WD0GMQ, then upgraded to advance class and became KB0OE.

Started working in the broadcast industry at age 16 as a DJ for WLEA in Hornell N.Y. and worked for such stations as WHEC Rochester, NY, KSO Des Moines, KRNT Des Moines while going through school. Married in 1976 to Kathy in Des Moines. Kathy passed away in January of 2010. We have one daughter, Alexis. Worked for KRNT AM/FM TV for many years after earning my BA from Drake University.I also was known as Sky Spy doing morning traffic reports from a Hughes 500d Jet Helicopter. In 1981 we were transferred to Phoenix and KOOL FM. In Phoenix I received the call KC7PG. After 3 years in Phoenix we moved to Visalia, CA in the Fresno radio market.

I was a broadcast station owner for a few years, then sold the station and went to work for Buckley Broadcasting as VP and General Manager of KSEQ and KIOO Fresno/Visalia where I worked for 21 years. Retired with medical issues in October of 2008 and became very active on the ham bands again as I have lots of time on my hands.

Although brain disorders seem to be the rule among hams, I have a rare one called Dystonia that effects my brain and my muscles, similar to Parkinsons disease. It can make CW a challenge for me at times because I'm too stuborn to use a keyboard rather than my keyer.

I have always loved radio, both ham and commerical broadcast.

Current gear includes:a new FT dx 5000 ,IC 9100, FT 3000 and Yaseu Solid Statet Quadra amp. Also the OM 2000+ flame thrower.  I am awaiting the 1.3 from Expert Amps as well, should be here this summer sometime.For antennas I have a T6 Log, DX Engineering's 160 55 footer with top hat for 160 meters with about 80 radials, for rcv I am using a Pixel and Homebrew loop, hope to have a beverage or two going soon.The tower is 65 feet of RG 25.Running a 5 element M2 6 meter beam and a Mosely 14 element for 2 meter ssb and cw. On 432 I have 2 x11 at 25 feet (got to do better with the 2 meter and 432I have taken an interest in vintage gear recently (4/13) and have added a Drake TR4C, a Yaseu FT101ZD andFT ONE. Looking for the accessories for the vintage rigs now as well as having WB4HFN work on the TR4C. The TR 4 was a rig I firsthad in 1967. I had an FT101E in the early 80's. Never had an FT One, it was just too good of a deal to past up.Have really enjoyed 160 and 6 meters Have WAS on 160 and hope to have WAS on 6 soon just need Del. , Have now worked WAS on 160. I am also a DX'er and currently328 confirmed mixed. Have DXCC completed on 10, 12, 15. 17 ,20,  30,40 and 160. now, working on 8. I'm at 92 as of this morning on 30. Have about 40 countries confirmed on 6 meters and would love DXCC on that band. We'll have to see how this next sumer season works out. Maybe, you never know. I also have added the RF Concepts TE 14612G 28 volt 2 meter amp that runs 600 watts so I'll be chasing ssb and cw on that band a little harder this season as well.

A special thanks to Don K4ZA who has done all of my tower work.  He does a great job and is a really nice guy on top of it.

 

Here's a picture tour of W4TUN, new tower, 160 meter vertical and radials, pixel low band rcv.....and Lilly the Schnauzer, I am negoating with her agent for the next shoot. Both Lilly loves the VOX and have been known to operate the station when left in that postion. Especially when the mailman is out front with new QSL cards..

 

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73's and good DX

 

 

 

Ray

 

W4TUN

 

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