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Like many people, I always wanted to be a HAM at an early age, but I did not know how to go about it. I started my radio experience in CB, licensed as KCU3393 in the middle 60's.  Later, I graduated to a microwave trailer for Radio Relay and crypto in the Marine Corps. When I did learn how to become a ham, it would be 1986 before I had the time. My thanks to Chris Crobaugh NU8R who taught me morse code and Ola Sloane WD8MOU (silent key), who took my code skills to a new level and for being my Elmers.

In 1987 when NWS Cleveland was looking for radio amateurs to volunteer for the Skywarn program, I was among the first group representing Lorain County at the NASA Lewis Research Center meeting. For the next 12 years I was only a "page" away from responding as a mobile spotter. We also had an amateur radio operator at the weather center to act as a liaison. A 6 meter backbone was developed for the county net control operators to send in their reports to the weather center consolidated from their respective county spotters and kept the wx traffic organized. That's were the "WX" comes from in the call. As doppler radar was developed and gained in effectiveness our need was reduced.

Volunteering for the weather service also led to meeting Tom Kelly a volunteer fireman and EMA worker for Lorain County. That lead me to volunteering for EMA and led Tom to being its Director in time. The B F Goodrich fire, the Aztec Chemical Plant explosion, and few other things added to my ARES/RACES volunteer experiences.

In late 1999 I accepted a transfer to Pensacola, FL and made the move in April of 2000. And that's where the "4" comes from in the call. I always had a mobile rig for HF, 2M and 70cm, but Florida is a great place for motorcycling and I never set up a home station again until 2006. So Ham Radio kind of took a back seat for a few years while I rode the Harley 24/7 until I retired.  Now with 130,000 miles on this 1995 FLHTCUI and counting.  Over 600,000 miles lifetime on 2 wheels.

Now, I have an ever growing home station and I can enjoy the hobby daily. Even the Dresser has a VHF/UHF radio on it with APRS so the XYL can keep tabs on me.  I also collect Drake equipment. If it doesn't glow it's not a radio!

I'm active on HF, 6 meters and 2 meters. I belong to the ARRL, 5 Flags ARA, Milton ARC, 10-10 International, South CARS and SMIRK. I love DXing on 40m, 15m and 10m (277 countries 272 confirmed and Islands on the Air 218 contacted with 191 confirmed), collecting grids (263 now on 6m) on 6 and 2. I have completed DXCC on 10m, 12m, 15m, 20m, and 40m.  And close on 17m and 80m. I also have contacted 2066 unique prefixes all since my call sign change in 2007.

I was in the Marine Corps from 1970 to 1976 and wanted a call that expressed my love for my country and that would be distinctive for DX and that's where the "US" comes from in the call sign. In a pileup they might not hear or understand "uniform sierra", but the entire world understands "United States" or "Uncle Sam". I checked the FCC data base and to my surprise there was only one other person who had ever thought of asking for that call and that was 2 years earlier than me. It was his second choice as he received his first. The National Hurricane Center and the National Severe Storms Forcasting Center and other weather related offices already had their call signs so in 2007, I applied for it. The fact that the call could be looked at as saying "weather for us" is a excellant throw-back to the mobile spotter days and the thousands of miles driven chasing storms in northern Ohio under the call N8IAO.

One day I would like to go on a DXexpedition to a little worked area, but for now I'm thrilled to be retired after 37 years of civil service and on the air every day. 73 de Fred WX4US Pensacola FL Grid EM60hm

Current weather conditions in Pensacola, FL http://www.weatherlink.com/user/wx4us/index.php?view=summary&headers=0


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WX4US
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KW4YN 2016-10-08 2m SSB EM60ik United States John J Murawski Jr
7Q7VW 2014-10-03 10m SSB KI60xb Malawi Karl-Heinz Ilg
5K0M 2014-04-20 20m SSB EK91iv San Andres and Provi
T32TM 2014-03-27 12m SSB JJ00aa East Kiribati Tim J Tilleman
HL5FUA 2014-03-20 10m SSB PM57gg South Korea CHOI JONG-SOOL
EX8MAT 2014-03-17 10m SSB MN72gu Kyrgyzstan George G. Galkin
VU2XO 2014-03-17 10m SSB ML88pq India MANUBHAI PATEL
9K2QA 2014-03-14 12m SSB LL49ah Kuwait AHMED AL-TURKI
UK9AA 2014-03-07 12m SSB MN41qi Uzbekistan FEDOR PETROV
Z33Z 2014-03-06 10m SSB KN11hk Macedonia PANTELEJ-PANCE ABRASEV
3B8CF 2014-03-06 10m SSB LG89rr Mauritius SEEWOOSANKAR MANDARY
KC0W 2014-01-18 20M SSB DN86px United States THOMAS M CALLAS
K5RHD 2014-01-18 20M SSB DM65pc United States RANDOLPH H DIDDEL
W1TXT 2014-01-18 15m SSB FN31lv United States THOMAS A KRUCZEK
VE5UO 2014-01-18 15M SSB DO62qe Canada David Scarfe

Book Totals: 246 qso's   209 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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