First, For QSL'ers:
(1) I QSL 100% to all received cards received via direct or buro! I DO NOT use eQSL or QRZ logbook and will only put a specific QSO on LoTW if requested. I am an Amateur RADIO operator, not a data entry technician! Sorry if that offends! I love getting QSL cards, but I want something that was actually in another human being's hands!
(2) Up until recently, I've had a "No SASE Required" policy. Unfortunately, I've joined the ranks of the retired and the fixed income circumstances really bites. So I would respectfully request an SASE for a domestic return. However I never refuse a QSL card request. But if your QSL card reflects service in the Armed Forces (Active, Reserve, National Guard or Veteran), civil Public Service in Fire Suppression, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services or Rescue, the "no SASE" offer stands. You have my back, it's the least I can do for you!
(4) Foreign QSL request need only include 1.00USD or 1.00 EURO for a return card. It's actually slightly more than that from the US to overseas, but I will make up the $.20! If I can't afford 20 cents, I am REALLY in trouble! Two greenbacks for a Stateside-to-foreign destination QSL is really unnecessary except for the QSL managers or Special Event stations, for which that $.20 would add up in a hurry!
(5) I DO participate in the bureau (buro) program. Of course you know it's slow, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper to get those cards passed around. I have envelopes on-file with the single-letter prefix "4-land" buro.
(6) SWL cards welcomed! SASE for domestic cards same as above. Please make sure the card not only has my information on it, but the call sign of the station I was working at the time. DX SWL's, same as above also. If the bureau is OK, I will send it that way. Otherwise please enclose $1.00USD or 1 Euro (I don't know how to make the new "Euro" character...Sorry!)
(7) I participate in LoTW, but only on a case-by-case basis. Either ask me on the air to load the QSO, or drop me an email to the above address. If you need it in a hurry, however, put a QSL card in an envelope with an SASE...You'll get it faster!
This is a non-compensated, volunteered testimonial:
And speaking of QSL's, if you're in the market for QSL printing services, I can wholeheartedly recommend Randy (KB3IFH) Dorman's, outstanding service. I went through several permeations of what I wanted for several different projects, including a custom backside, and each time Randy responded within hours with a .pdf 'proof'. Not one dime passed hands until I liked what I saw, and then delivery was within days. If only so many other things in our lives were so sure and trouble free!
Next, for our Veterans and Public Service Heros!
There are not enough ways to THANK-YOU for your service, whether it be in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or my alma mater, the Marine Corps. And that includes all of those of you in the Reserves, National and State Guards or the Force Auxiliaries. The dangers you are asked to face in order to help us maintain our way of life are tremendous, and I for one am grateful beyond words for each and every one of you. Whether you just served one enlistment and got out or rode a "full tour", worked in a "rear eschelon" office Stateside, or patroled some invisible 'line in the sand' overseas, thank-you! Our civilian bretheran will never fully appreciate what it is you do for them!
And for our truly un-sung heros, those who ride the "front lines" of Public Service every day right here at home, you are as much deserving of that gratitude as our brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces. You put your own health and welfare second, sometimes even dead last (no pun intended), to the health and welfare of people who often take your service for granted. Regardless of whether you're Law Enforcement, Fire Suppression, or Emergency Medical Services, everytime I hear a siren, I say a prayer, not only for the person to whose aid you're rushing, but for you and your families too. Thank-you for all you do!
K4YZ operating position as of 14 July 2014
I was first licensed in 1972 as WN8OAH. I have since held callsigns WD4DEV, KA8GRY, KC8M and K4CAP. KC8M and K4CAP have since been reassigned. My Elmer was Mr Gene Roliff, WA8TPO. My colleague in early Amateur Radio, and the man I consider to this day to be my best friend, is Mr. Dwight Kelly, K4YJ, whose Novice call was WN8OAG. Dwight always twisted my bolts that since his call was one letter "senior" to mine, he'd been licensed "longer!" Skip 20+ years forward, when I got my "Vanity" call of K4YZ, Dwight surfed the available 1-by-2 calls to find one just before mine to keep the precedent alive! Sneeky!
When I had a chance to choose a call sign, I wanted something that would both "sing" in CW, and be related to my U.S. Marine Corps service. As it happened, the call K4YZ was available. I served in Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 (HMH-363). HMH-363, the "Lucky Red Lions", had a MODEX, or tail code, of "YZ". Hence the call! I was going to apply for K4YF as the majority of my heavy helo time was spent in Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (Code: "YF"), but someone else was a split second faster than I was! Oh well!
I had initially thought that this call had not been previously issued, but thanks to Reed, W4JZ, found out that it had two previous owners! Oh well! At least I'm the only CURRENT owner! =) It was held by a fellow in Florida until the late 70's, then a guy in North Carolina had it in the early 80's. Apparently the last holder let it lapse (or, unfortunately, HE lapsed...) before ULS was instituted. I hope to hold on to this call for atleast another 15 or 20 years!
HMH-363 is now VMM-363, by-the-way, as it has transitioned to the MV-22 OSPREY aircraft. I wish I could have been a part of that!
I manage the club call WB4CHE: This is the call sign of the Franklin County(TN) Tinkerers, a loosely formed club in Franklin County, TN, for the purpose of putting up and managing a 222Mhz FM repeater. The call sign was chosen to recognize the primary comunities in the county: Winchester, Belvidere, Cowan, Huntland and Estill Springs. Please note this is Franklin COUNTY, not the CITY of Franklin, which is a suburb of Nashville.
I operated from Okinawa, Japan as KA6CM in 1981. During that period of time, a lot of folks forgot the 2 x 2 "KA" calls (except KA1) belonged to the U. S. Armed Forces in Japan and folks thought "KA6" was 'just another Californian' due to the (then new)'Sequential Call Sign System' brainchild of the FCC! Japan actually forbade thier Amateurs from working us since our calls were issued by the 15th Air Force, not the FCC. I made a lot of unanswered "CQ's" until I started tagging my call "KA6CM/JR6". Then all of a sudden my log book started filling up! That was a blast!
I have held MARS calls NNN0VVU, AFA1OQ, AAR4IK and AAT4SA at one time or another, depending on what agency I was associated with at the time. I was the Asst CHOP (Chief Operator) for NNN0MOQ in 1980 and was CHOP for NNN0MOC/MOF in 1981, which by proxy made me assistant for the entire Island. That was some choice duty for 6 months! My USN/USMC activity waned after that tour, but I joined USAF MARS when I was more active in Civil Air Patrol in the mid 80's. Of course the (non)geniuses at CAP declared MARS was "going to be dead in two years" and demanded that anyone associated with it quit. I did, and that was dumb move on my part. It was also one of the reasons I quit CAP. Their leaders are (as politely as I can put it) clueless, and that goes all the way to the top! I held Army call AAT4SA during my first brief association with TNSG in 1999.
The present home station consists of a Yaesu FT897D for HF. It feeds a trap dipole for 80/40 meters and is about 40 feet high at it's center. There is also a 30 meter Inverted Vee fed at the same feedpoint. An MFJ-969 roller inductor tuner allows me to go almost everywhere else I care to go on HF, although tuning up on 60 meters is a bit testy.
For VHF/UHF I have a Yaesu FT-7800 that feeds a Comet CP-3 collinear base station antenna at 20 feet high. I monitor local EMS/Police/Fire/Air Bandwith an old Radio Shack "Pro-2032". Most of this gear is usually powered through a 24/7 battery/trickle system to maintain emergency power loss sustainability.
I carry a Yaesu/Vertex VX-150 HT for 2 meters but no dual-band coverage (HT) at present. My XYL's mobile (she's W5AMY) is a Yaesu/Vertex FT-1802M.
And yes, I have SEVERAL "Yaesu" or "Vertex/Standard" ballcaps on the wall!
I used to live in a small duplex and that's usually the death knell to any operating activities. However I was lucky to have landlords who said "If we can't see it from the street and if you don't drill holes, we don't care" when I inquired about the possibility of putting up some form of antenna farm. I whipped up (pardon the pun) a nice little portable HF antenna installation that uses "Ham-Stick"-type whips on a small ground-mounted mast (about 5 foot) that can be raised or lowered by one person in less than a minute. The set-up was featured in an article I wrote on page 37 of the March, 2011 edition of "QST" magazine. Take a look!
I also have an MFJ "Manual Screwdriver" resonator that theoretically should cover 40-6 meters, but so far, the Ham-Stik whips work better in this configuration. More to follow on that.
Note the orange safety flags on the ground radials/guy wires. When I lived in the duplex I had a neighbor 3 or 4 doors up who would regularly cut across the back yards to go out a side alley rather than back around his other non-drivable junkers. He ran over my guys more than once.
And about my QST article. I am a long way from being a 'professional writer', but being published in QST was a lifetime high for me! Trust me, the article wasn't rocket science nor was it a literary masterpeice. But if I can encourage my fellow Amateurs who have ever had even the slightest glimmer of Walter Mitty bravado about writing, JUST DO IT! Take your little back yard project, solder bench creation, best (or worst!) on-the-air experience, or other Amateur Radio related experience and PUT IT ON PAPER! The folks at the League were TREMENDOUS in offering aid and suggestions, and made this one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of my life!
I am a credentialed VE under the ARRL, Western Carolina, and W5YI programs. I have been an ARRL VE almost since the beginning of that program.
My favorite Amateur operating is CW, usually on the bottom end of 80, 40, and 30, and SSB on 17 meters. I also enjoy 6 and 2 meter SSB. Additionally, I enjoy foxhunting as it enhances my skills for locating ELT's, or 'Emergency Locator Transmitters'. You can occasionally find me on the Tennessee SSB Net at 3980 KHz.
My recent addition to the Medically Retired rolls, however, has found me on other bands and "Chasing Paper" since I am more-or-less housebound at the moment. I do hope to try some V/UHF Roving at some point in time, health and an available driver permitting.
And On A Personal Note:
Photo from 2004. I should look that good today!
But here I am, all dressed up and ready to fly. In addition to Amateur Radio, I also love flying, both as a Private Pilot and Hang Gliding. But powered flying is just too darned expensive (almost $100/hr in most places, even for the 2-seat Cessna 150!) and I can't carry the glider to the launch ramp any more! Looks like I'm relegated to reading my copies of "Sport Aviation" from the Experimental Aircraft Association from now on.
I have been involved in volunteer emergency communications, both in Amateur Radio, Emergency Medical Services, and other agencies. The employment-related injury has pretty much grounded me, these days. If not from the damage done to my back and neck, from the medications I am taking. Thank the universe for Amateur Radio!
I have been married to the former Amy McElroy of Trumann, AR since December of 1990. She is W5AMY.
I have five children, the last two with Amy. Jennifer Lynn (1976) plus two grand kids, Steven Edward (b1978-d2014 ) plus two grandkids, Ryan Samuel (1983) plus three grandkids, Samantha Brooke (1991) two grand kids and Taelor Paige (b1993-d1999).
Unfortunately, Taelor Paige succumbed to birth defects only six days shy of her sixth birthday. She went to sleep and never woke up. She was, and still is, the light of my life, and the strength and love she showed in her short tenture on this planet gave me a strength to live my life anew.
Daddy loves and misses you, Taelor Paige!
I also lost my son, Steven Edward on 03 May 2014 due to complications of diabetes. He was 35 and the father of two children of his own. We were somewhat estranged, and I didn't find out until 20 December 2014 that he passed, but there's an ache and a hole in my heart nonetheless. He was a fine, fine man and will be missed. He was living proof that the human heart can be bigger than the body that holds it!
And although I don't like the term "step" father, my wife Amy came as a package deal with daughters Lauren Ashli (84) and Autumn Ruth (87). They have both been blessings in my life and bring three grandkids to the mix.
After I left the Marines in 1992, I became a Nurse. My prefered discipline was Emergency and Shock/Trauma Nursing as I was also (then) a Paramedic. I was certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, was a Basic Life Support Instructor, and completed Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMS-C). I was forced into medical retirement after an unexpected shock bounced me off a wall and dropped me to the floor. My spine now looks like a set of Lego blocks that got smashed with a hammer. I'm entirely too young to feel this old! Amazing what a little voltage and gravity can do to ya!
I was retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1992. I was an Avionics Technician on the CH-53 series helos and the OV-10A and OV-10D Bronco. I attained the grade of Gunnery Sergeant. I served in all four Air Wings at one time or another, albeit my time in the Second MAW was only while undergoing TME/A-School training. During my Armed Forces career I was stationed, at one time or another, at NAS Atlanta, GA, MCAS(H) Tustin, CA, MCAS Futenma Okinawa, NAS Willow Grove, PA, MCAS Beaufort, SC and MCAS Cherry Point, NC in addition to occasional excursions to wherever it was the President of the United States decided it was he needed us at that moment!
I continued to serve my State and Country as a Master Sergeant in the Tennessee State Guard where I served as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Communications Section of the 4th Tennessee Regiment. I am currently inactive due to the aforementioned injury.
As of July 2011, I am no longer a member of Civil Air Patrol even though I had been a member, off and on, since 1969. I got tired of seeing tens-of-millions (Yes, I said millions) of our tax dollars being 'invested' into programs that were poorly planned, irresponsibly managed, and wholly incapable of meeting their stated operational purpose. If you're considering membership in the Civil Air Patrol, especially because of its "communication program", please e-mail me first. I might save you a lot of money, time and frustration!
On a different note, I have completed my first SciFi action novel! It was inspired by the "re-imagined" TV series 'Battlestar Galactica', however it has nothing to do with that story-line. It is titled "Shadows of Futures Past".
I have also written a novella, also based on the same series, called "Ashes On The Face of the Sun" that ties the end of the "re-imagined" series to "near-future" Earth. You can read them (for free!) at www.fanfiction.net, at least until I find a commercial publisher! In the serarch block just select "author" and type in "Steven Robeson" and it will lead you to my stories.
On 25 February 1999, my friend, mentor, and just coincidentally my Father, died at home. Although not an Amateur himself until later in life, (KA8MPB, N8DOS) he encouraged me as I entered Amateur Radio as a teenager. A Signalman in the Navy during the Korean conflict, it was my Dad that taught me the Morse Code. He got his Novice, then General, years later, in order to "follow" me around the world. He was a Korean War combat veteran (USN) and later served with the United States Army Reserve (TAR) as a Sergeant First Class while recruiting in Ohio.
My father was never a rich man, but he loved this Country and he was as proud as any Veteran could be of his service. Even near the end of his life, he'd go out of his way to shake the hand of a fellow Veteran.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Sailor.....I love and miss you, Dad!
If you managed to stay with me all the way to this point, THANK-YOU, and I hope we can share a few moments on the air!
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