I've been fascinated with radio since I was in grade school when I built a Heathkit crystal receiver with help from my dad, who was an aviation radioman in the Navy in WWII (PBY Catalina seaplane). Through my teens and college years, I was a very active SWL, both shortwave and AM broadcast. In spite of all of the marvelous technology that we have today, point-to-point radio communications is still magical to me, especially with very low power and simple equipment. I was first licensed as an amateur in 1976 as WN4GLJ and upgraded to WB4GLJ, my present and only call since then. My initial interest was HF RTTY in the 1970's... the original heavy metal! Equipment included a Teletype Model 28 KSR, Kleinschmidt TT-76 TD/Re-perf. and a Kleinschmidt TT-98 printer, all driven with a home-brew ST-6 terminal unit and UT-4 speed converter. Most of my interest was in the RTTY art nets on HF, although we also had a substantial amount of RTTY locally on VHF, including an RTTY-only 2M repeater. One year I won first place in the annual RTTY art contest sponsored by RTTY Journal magazine.
I've always enjoyed building projects, starting with many Knight-Kits and Heathkits back in the 1960's and 70's, and in turn that led me into QRP building and operation. I presently I have mostly QRP equipment including Elecraft KX1, K2 and KX3/PX3, Wilderness Sierra, ICOM IC-703, Yaesu FT-817, and SGC SG-2020 as current rigs, as well as Ten-Tec Argonaut 509 and Heath HW-8 as classic QRP rigs. I also have a Drake C-Line (R-4C/T-4XC) as my only remaining tube rigs. I have restored the Drakes and they look and work as good as they did 40 years ago. A Drake R-8, Sony 2010, Kenwood R-1000, and Panasonic RF-2200 round out my shortwave receivers.
My other interests are astronomy, photography, model railroading, and stamp collecting.
I am a member of: ARRL - 40+ years, QCWA #30725, AMSAT-NA #3903, AMSAT-UK, QRP-ARCI #10264, FISTS #7910, Ten-Ten #13607, NAQCC #2513, North Georgia QRP (NoGa), NorCal, Flying Pigs #692, Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), Auburn (AL) Astronomical Society, Columbus (GA) Amateur Radio Club and Russell County (AL) Amateur Radio Club. I am the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Columbus ARC and also the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Auburn (AL) Astronomical Society. I am also the current Trustee of the W4CVY call, the current call of the Columbus ARC. It was originally issued to Jack Adams (SK), one of the founding members of our club.
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