Greetings from Georgia, the Peach State!
I go by my middle name "Clark". My dad was a Robert C. also and he went by "Robert", so the only way we could be sure who was being yelled at was for me to use my middle name! For contesting, I use "Bob" as "Clark" is rare and slows down the Q rate.
I've been licensed since 1961 as WA6RFR, WB5OOZ, KE4RQ and currently WU4B. In this fascinating hobby I enjoy building and operating QRP, chasing DX, and trying different wire antennas. I am an active member of QRPARCI and North Georgia QRP and have have worked all 50 states in the QRPARCI Golden Jubilee Event of 2011. The main QRP rig is an Elecraft K2 #6011 which was handcrafted by me. Like many QRP ops my stable of QRP rigs is growing and now includes rigs from other clubs like NORCAL and 4SQRP. I dabble in QRP contesting when I can.
I do enjoy chasing DX at QRP (163) and QRO (310/311). For QRO, I have an Elecraft K3 that feeds 100w to one of two wire antennas or a Hex Beam at 45' (added November 2014). An N4GG Array (QST July 2002) for 40m - 10m favors Europe/Africa/South Pacfic. The other wire is an 86' doublet that favors North and South for 40m - 20m. Does it take patience to make DX contacts at 100w or 5w? Yes it does! I do have an Ameritron 80B that has been used only 10 times for a new country (6 of them in zones 22 - 28 which are hard to hit from this QTH). That leaves my score of 301 at 100w. Awards received include 8BDXCC (QRO), WAZ (CW QRO), and WAS (QRO and QRP). In the DX part of my life I am a participating member of one of the finest DX clubs in the US: Southeastern DX Club (SEDXC). Several members are very accomplished DXpeditioners including K4UEE and W6IZT who headed up the Malpelo HK0NA dxpedition in 2012. It is very humbling to be associated with these living legends.
My preferred mode is CW. At 100w or QRP 5w, a CW signal is more likely to be heard than SSB at the same power (although I do have DXCC for SSB). An Elecraft K2 is used for QRP contesting and chasing DX since it is connected to the logging program and a K1 is used for portable QRP fun. Both rigs were build by me. For the K3, the Begali Signature is my favorite key and the Begali Traveller is used for the K2. I am an active member of QRPARCI and the local QRP club NOGAQRP where several well known QRP heros like Jim W4QO and Ken W4DU hang their hat.
My local ham club is Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club (Cobb County, GA) where I have served as past President. I am also a member of SKCC and am working toward Trbune status in 2015. To increase my CW proficiency, I completed Level II CW Academy from CWOPS but am not a member--you have to complete Level III and be recommended. Perhaps some day that will happen. I've been a member of ARRL since 1961 with a lapse in the 70's; wish I had bought a Lifetime membership back then!
QSL: I QSL 100% through LOTW. If you need a confirmation in eQSL, just let me know as I don't normally send my logs there. If you receive a card direct from me with return postage and SASE, I would appreciate a return confirmation as your card probably is required for some type of award I'm seeking and I will do the same for you. I consider the exchange of QSLs (electronic or paper) the final courtesy in a QSO.
The picture shown above, and which is used on my QSL card, is of the Nancy Hanks II passenger train that was operated by the Central of Georgia Railroad. The CGRR got its start in 1833 in Savannah, Georgia and, through acquisitions, provided service to Atlanta. It merged with Norfolk Southern and, for the most part, is considered a "fallen flag".
The Nancy Hanks II passenger train was named after a race horse who was named after the mother of President Abraham Lincoln. The “II” designation was added because of the addition of a dome car and a new paint scheme to attract more passengers for the scenic view between Atlanta and Savannah through Macon. The last day of service was April 30, 1971, the day before AMTRAK took over all passenger service in the US.
This photo is a colorized version from the original black and white negative of several shots taken along the line to be used for advertising. This pose is near Atlanta. At one time there was a large painting of this pose hanging in the main office of the Central of Georgia. It is now owned by the Central of Georgia Historical Society. You'll note the peach in the lower left hand corner: Georgia is known as The Peach State!
Family: My bride Tricia (married since 1986) is very supportive of my involvement in amateur radio. We have lived in Marietta, GA since 1990 and currently provide a home for three (3) dogs that we got from dog rescue operations (Labrador retriever and dachshund). I spent most of my working career in the computer industry as a sales rep and later as a sales training director. My BSEE really helped me assist customers to solve their technical businiess problems in manufacturing and engineering. I was forced into retirement in 2003 and immediately became a training director at a Christian mission agency located in Lawrenceville applying my knowledge of training systems. I have also been an adult Bible teacher for over 25 years. When I am not on the radios I can usually be found studying the Scriptures where I am completing my work for a Doctor of Ministry degree.
My son Robert and his family live in McKinney, TX. He has shown no interest in ham radio and has other interests--like raising a family! I try to visit him, his wife Maureen, and my two granddaughters Charlotte and Clare, as often as I can.
QTH: We live in a heavily wooded lot in populous Cobb county (greater Atanta) GA. In December 2014, I installed a Hex Beam at a height just below the roof peak so it cannot be seen from the road. It has an elevation of 45' above ground in the N/NE/E/NW/W directions that I hope will let me get a few more entities in Southeast Asia. Countries due south are difficult due to the lot slope and the noise generated by downtown Atlanta.
The General Locomotive, Kennesaw, GA
Cobb County is noted for famous battles in the US Civil War including the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.. Of great interest to me is The General—a locomotive stolen by the Union solders who then raced north burning bridges as they went. The story was the basis for a movie “The Great Locomotive Chase”. Check it out at http://www.locomotivegeneral.com/faq.html.
Whatever your interest in ham radio, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. See you on the bands!
72 and 73,
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