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I was originally licensed as a Novice operator in April of 1977 as WD4DXQ.  I have also briefly held call signs N4FUA and KD4WEA. I made my first contact on a Collins KWM-2A on CW that belonged to a friend. Could not operate CW now if my life depended on it.

My original call sign (WD4DXQ) was lost by the FCC when I went to take the General exam at the Atlanta FCC Field Office. I forgot to bring my original license to the exam site and they had me retake the Novice exam again (5 wpm code test and written exam). I passed and they allowed me take the General written exam, which I also passed. It was getting late, so I did not even attempt the 13 WPM code test and left with only Technician privileges. They told me that I would retain my original call sign, but they evidently lost the paperwork and I was issued an entirely new call sign (N4FUA) when it came in the mail.

Several years later I passed the 13 wpm code test (just barely) at the 1989 Atlanta Hamfest to gain full General license privileges.  I requested a new call sign and was issued KD4WEA (I never liked the N4FUA call). I later passed my Advanced written exam given by the Cartersville VEC team in March of 1995. Somewhere along this timeframe I also reacquired my original Novice call sign (WD4DXQ) under the Vanity Call program. Not that WD4DXQ is that great, but it had sentimental value.

Current Station Equipment

I have been inactive for many years, until just recently... I finally upgraded to Amateur Extra at the Stone Mountain Hamfest (November 6, 2016) and have worked to get a station back on the air.

I began rebuilding my station by repairing my tower and replacing my storm-damaged KLM KT-34XA with a JK Navassa-5. I also purchased an Icom IC-7300 (with SP-38 speaker) and an Icom IC-7100 to have dedicated radios for HF and VHF/UHF. I have just recently added an IC-9100 and will attempt weak signal and satellite work with it as soon as I can afford antennas.

The Icom IC-7300 and IC-7100 give me access on all the bands from 160 meters to 70 cm. The IC-7300 is an excellent radio on HF with a great sounding receiver and great band scope. I plan to add an IC-7610 when the funds (hopefully) come available later on. I think I will dedicate the IC-7100 to digital modes and VHF/UHF operations, and experiment with D-STAR. I am currently using a Heil iCM microphone with Heil boom/shock mount on the IC-7300, and supplied hand mic with the IC-7100 and IC-9100. My only amplifier is my old reliable Ameritron AL-811H, usually running around 500 watts PEP to get me above the noise when needed. I also use Hy-Gain CD-45II and Ham IV Rotors along with a Yaesu 800 SDX.

Antennas (Tower 1)

My primary HF Antenna now is the JK Navassa-5 multiband Yagi with 6 meter add-on kit. It is mounted on a Rohn 25G flattop with thrust bearing at 60-65 feet. It has a house bracket at 25 feet and a guy collar at 55 feet using Phillystran HPTG-4000I guy cable. This is turned by a Ham IV mounted in the tower. This is proving to be an excellent antenna and works as advertised. It gives me resonant antennas for the standard bands and the WARC bands with no lossy traps. It is a great antenna with sound engineering, build quality, and also excellent support from JK. Cabling includes a mix of RG-213U, LMR-400, and also some LMR-600. On top of the HF tower is a Comet GP-3, 2 m/70 cm (Vertical) at around the 70-foot mark. I also have a home-built 40/80 trapped inverted V dipole with the apex suspended from a boom with a pulley system at 50 feet, which works surprisingly well, considering that I built it.




















Antennas (Tower 2)

Cushcraft A148-20T 10 element 2 m Yagi (Horizontal+Vertical)

Cushcraft A430-11S 11 element 70 cm Yagi (Horizontal)

Cushcraft A50-3S 3 element 6 m Yagi (Horizontal)



Steve Rogers








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