I started my ham radio hobby in 1970 at the age of 14 when I ordered my first piece of gear, a Heathkit DX-60B transmitter kit. Later came a used National NC-300 receiver and homebrew dipoles for 80 meters and 15 meters. After two years of setting up my station and learning the code, I finally got my Novice license at the age of 16 with the callsign WN3UHK. Licensed now for over 45 years, my hobby is still going strong and better than ever.
Over the years I have owned and operated amateur radio stations in Maryland, West Virginia, California, New Mexico, Florida, Germany, Philippines, Alaska, Ohio, Hawaii and Virginia. Most of these locations came as a result of my military career in the USAF that took me and my family all over the world and my civilian US Department of Defense (DoD) occupation that brought me to Hawaii and my homebase in northern Virginia near Washington DC. I am a retired Major from the United States Air Force Reserve and still work full time with the United States Government as a civilian.
My previous callsigns: WN3UHK ~ 1972, WA3UHK ~ 1972 - 1983, DA1JF ~ 1980 - 1982, KF6ME ~ 1983 - 1996, WV4M ~1996 - Present, WV4M/KH6 ~ 1998 - 2002, NH7L ~ 1998 - 2002. Also WA3UHK/DU2 and KF6ME/DU2 ~ 1982 - 1985, KF6ME/KL7 ~ 1987 - 1990.
In late 2012 and mid 2013, after 42 years as an amateur radio operator, I finally applied for and received my first ARRL DXCC and WAS awards. All the contacts were logged from WV4M in ARRL's Logbook of the World!
I am currently active on SSB, CW and PSK31 on HF with a Buckmaster off-center fed dipole (also known as a Windom antenna), VHF FM with a Diamond vertical and HF/VHF mobile using my 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup truck with Hamsticks or Outbackers for HF and a Diamond mag mount vertical for VHF/UHF. I'm also active on D-STAR, mainly the "mega" reflector 001C or 030C, sometimes 062C, using a DVAP 70cm hotspot. I recently got into DMR as well, using an RFShark Open Spot or a DV4Mini hotspot and monitor the North American reflector 4639. I have plans to put up a SteppIR vertical for 20-6 meters and eventually a K4KIO hexbeam from my QTH here in Virginia.
Please QSL via ARRL Logbook of the World. I also QSL via eQSL. I currently don't QSL using printed QSLs, however, I will do my best to return a home made QSL from my computer printer if you do send me a hard copy QSL.
I hope to hear you on the air in the near future. 73 from Nokesville, Virginia, located 28 miles or 45 kilometers southwest of downtown Washington, DC.
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