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QSLs: I up-load my log to LoTW, eQSL and HRDLog. I reply to all paper QSLs, no SASE needed.

April, 2017: Listening to 146.52, 147.33, 147.21o in West Davie, FL (west Ft. Lauderdale)

Current interests:
- Contesting (lots to learn, lots of skills to build)
- Working special event stations
- Digital modes JT, RTTY, PSK

This is me in July, 2014:

First licensed on 09/21/66 as wn4ehg (n for novice), general (08/11/67), advanced (07/22/69) and 20 WPM extra (06/09/87).

First station was a Drake 2B & Heath DX-60B, inherited from my father, wb4ccb. Upgrading to general, I had the use of a Collins KWM-2, Heath SB-220 amplifier and a Mosley TA-33 tri-band beam at 40 feet plus dipoles for 80 & 40. What a great station. I have never had as much fun as in those days. Everything was new.

In those days there was no VHF/UHF FM operation, everything was crystal controlled 2m AM with low power - usually 4 Watts. FM came in a few years later when the FCC forced commercial users to change to 30KHz spacing and tons of surplus equipment became available. Usually tube type, single channel crystal controlled mobile rigs - the wait for crystals to be cur and shipped was very long!

I lived in Titusville, Fl, just across the Indian River from Cape Kennedy - this was during the space race. On two occasions I got to see Saturn V launches from a Cessna 150 while operating 2M AM aeronautical mobile, thanks to wb4loe. Other launch days I operated from the KSC ARS on Merritt Island using wb4icj.

Joined RACES and Civil Defense & was involved in the 1969 hurricane Debbie activities. Also a member of Air Force MARS (afc4ehg) and operated from Patrick AFB in Satellite Beach, Fl.

Ham radio ignited and fueled my desire to be an electrical engineer, pushing me to study engineering on my own & go to college part time while working full time as ... an un-degreed electrical engineer. I eventually graduated with a BSEE and later a Master of Computer Engineering. I truly love designing and building circuits. I have had 3 articles published in "73" magazine, presented a paper at a communications forum and am one author of an ATM Forum spec as well as dozens of internal design, archtecure and specification papers that are proprietary to my employeers. Three patents found their way into my resume.

In the 80's & 90's I was very active with the Racal Datacom amateur radio club, in Sunrise FL. I designed and built the controllers for our 3 repeaters & was a trustee for all 3. I served two terms as president & 11 as treasurer. We held several Field Days from a lake on the Racal property in Sunrise. "Communictions" magazine published an article by my XYL, kc4bar, about one of our field days: "Please Don't Feed the Alligators".

My XYL, Diane, became a general in 1987 (kc4bar) and my son, Steve, a tech plus in 1987 and general in 2014 (n4tqu). Steve is active from his QTH just north of Atlanta. Dad, wb4ccb, became a silent key in 1996.

I often have a co-operator. "Gort", an African Grey parrot, who loves the sounds SSB makes and adds his comments during QSO's. Also Neon, a male Eclectus parrot, he just likes to hang and watch me operate.

I found recently that contests are fun and I look for special event stations. It would be great if more hams were to QSL, at least on LoTW although I really like paper cards.

I am the secretary, trustee & web master of the Davie Cooper City ARC, a very active club, the QCWA and the South Florida DX Association. The locals on 146.52 are great company.

I am trying out semi-retirement, write code 3 days a week and play the rest. Working on the Davie/Cooper City ARC web site (dcarc.club) and Secretary duties keeps me busy and provides the satisfaction of being useful.

Fifty years of going to college part time (BS Electrical Engineering & Master of Computer Engineering) and working full time as an electrical engineer, manager, system architect seemed like enough. I am not sure I will stay retired, I really do enjoy designing circuits and writing code.

My audio setup is customized for my hearing loss. All the rigs feed a mixer then into an equalizer and amplifier and drive a surround sound center speaker - they are tuned for voices. Having a 2nd speaker on the side helps significantly. Here is a block diagram for anyone interested.

Here is my paper QSL:

My QSL card

The QSL image shows the Earth's magnetosphere (blue) reacting to the Sun's solar wind (red-orange-yellow).

Current shack pix: the radios

Image of operating bench

And the computer & audio processing. Both are isolated from the radios by transformers and air gaps.

Rigs:

  • Icom R-7100, Kenwood TM-721A, Kenwood TM-V71A, Kenwood TM-281A for VHF/UHF
  • Icom IC-7600, IC-7300 & IC-7200 for HF transceive
  • Acom 1010 HF amp, 800 Watts

Antennas:

  • MFJ-1212 OCFD for 40/20/10/6, Cushcraft R-6000 vertical for 20/17/15/12/10/6, dipoles for 30m, 15m & 17m,
  • K4KIO Hex Beam was destroyed by hurricane Irma: a Steppir is in the future
  • A crank-up and tilt over tower. First time I have ever had my own tower. Digging a 5 foot deep hole through 5 feet of coral rock was an experience.
  • Various VHF/UHF verticals and a wideband discone

My first award arrived in 2014:

I was surprised to receive the award below for the 2014 ARRL Sweepstakes.

Proof that modest stations can prevail, or there was no one else in this category.

Followed by these in 2015

In October 2016 I found that I had 110 counties confirmed.

The ARRL agreed and issued the DXCC

WB4EHG DXCC 2016

 

73, Rich

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Grid Squared Award#1890
Granted: 2015-02-06 00:30:25   (WB4EHG)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#523
Granted: 2015-02-06 00:30:22   (WB4EHG)

World Continents Award#2082
Granted: 2015-02-06 00:30:20   (WB4EHG)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
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