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First licensed in 1969, at age 16, as WN8GAJ. 5WPM CW on 40M was my thing.  High School and College got in the way of the hobby, and I let the license lapse.  Fast forward to 1985, working at a local TV station in the Engineering department.  Many of my colleagues were hams and I thought, why not?  Heavy cramming for both theory and Morse Code ensued.

Was re-licensed as KE8NW in the mid 1980's.  SSB DX was my passion.  Enjoyed talking with expats living overseas.  Found their stories fascinating.  Heard about a job opportunity at the Voice of America that would send the family overseas for me to work at their high power shortwave relay stations.  I applied and was hired in 1988.  I retired from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in 2008.

While overseas I was licensed as EL2DB (Liberia), DJ0KR (Germany), CN8NW (Morocco), and 4S7GWG (Sri Lanka).  Operating time was limited however due to work requirements.

In 2002, while serving at the VOA station in Greenville, NC, I decided to switch callsigns.  W8EEY was a vanity call.  It was the callsign of my Elmer, Paul Woodland, who headed an electronics oriented Explorer Post back in Michigan.  Paul is now SK.  I thought I'd like to honor him by bringing his callsign back to the bands. I enjoyed using his call.

I switched my call to W4EEY in 2015. Living in Four land I wanted a Four call, and I was lucky. W4EEY was available.

Living in Greenville, SC.  SSB DX is still my passion, but I'm looking to expand into 6 Meters, HF digital and even CW.  Step by step!

I am a member of the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society, Greer Amateur Radio Club, NCDXCC, SCDXA and the Swamp Fox Contest Group.

Primary rig is currently a new Flex 6600 (!) with the Maestro controller, Elecraft KPA500, KAT500 with a K4KIO Hexbeam (20 - 6M),  a 160 Meter Off Center Fed Dipole, an 80 Meter Off Center Fed Dipole and both 80 and 40 Meter Verticals. New in 2018 is the B26 RF2K+ Legal Limit amplifier from RF-Kit.de  Two reversable Beverages and Wellbrook loop are in play for receive. The station is located in Northern Greenville County (EM85).

The B26 RF2K+ from RF-Kit.de can be seen in action here:

I also operate remotely from my primary residence in Greenville, 25 miles away (way cool!) using Team viewer and SmartSDR V2.

I've had the pleasure of teaching Amateur Radio classes for the Greer Parks and Recreation department in Greer, SC for the past three years. Dave Ivey, KE4EA, Tom Walton, KZ4M and I are teaching the Amateur Extra Class now - while I am also teaching another Technician class by myself. We've recorded all of the classes which are available here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI3DKjqB4OLY2UXm2KqDpwQ

I thought I might help the students by writing short stories on various topics.  To my surprise I discovered that I enjoyed writing as much as teaching. Some of my stories were published in DX Magazine.

And last but not least, my XYL was licensed in 2016 (Congratulations Sabina!).  Her callsign is K4SAB.

73 GL ES GUD DX!

Gary

 

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