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In another life, long ago and far away (MA) I became a ham at 16.  My novice call was WN1FHK.    I became a Tech and then a General, but as I moved along life’s path I let my ham ticket slip away.   A few years ago a good  friend and a ham I knew back then encouraged (well, more like bullied) me to get my license back again.  He even checked to see that my old call was still available.   It took a few years of this “encouragement” but I finally began studying and passed both my Tech and General   (on the same day) last fall.  My new callsign was KM4PHO  It was then that “PHO-PHO was born and I wrote the  following Radio Renaissance poem.  Although KM4PHO  was a cool callsign, t I went back to the original plan of reclaiming my long-ago identity

I enjoy working HF but am much more involved with the 2 meter scene, my old stomping ground. I run a Yaeus FT991 with a Diamond X30 and a G5RV jr. Having a blast and so glad I was persuaded to get back on the air.

In my professional life I have been a classroom teacher, a college professor, an education coordinator  and an early childhood program consultant.  I also ran many a conference  and served as a training coordinator for a child care resource and referral agency. I am retired now but do a lot of work relating to kids and schools.


Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society

Charlotte Amateur Radio Club

Titusville (FL) Amateur  Radio Club.


Saturday night NCO  Metrolina 2 meter Emergency Net

Alternate NCO Mecklenburg County ARES net



Radio Renaissance

Revisiting a long lost avenue

Familiar topics to pursue

Discovering newfound information

Which I must digest with speed and patience.


Rekindling the Law of Ohm

Brings me back and feels like home

Voltage current and resistance

Did not involve too much persistence


Old friends farad, amp and watt

Did not require much extra thought

Converting  wavelength   into frequency

I find that  I  can now do easily


But Packets and new plans for bands

And new modes being used by hams

Have me working overtime

Causing anxiousness  to climb


Satellite  and then  baud rate

Db gain to calculate

Ferrite choke then a heat sink

PSK and echolink


Despite DSP , CTCSS

I somehow passed my license test

So now I’ll be back on the air

Working DX everywhere


But a new dilemma do I face

Which identity will I embrace

Resurrect Foxtrot Hotel Kilo

Or retain the very cool 4Pho ! (”PHO PHO”)


WA1FHK, formerly KM4PHO




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