Lots of useful links and local information can be found at the webpage
I maintain for the local club.
Williamsburg Area Amatuer Radio Club (K4RC)
keep in mind there
are MANY more people who have been influential in my involvement and
enjoyment of ham radio than are mentioned here.
Call sign history
licensed as KG4PMN, technician class, on Oct. 1, 2001.
never was particularly crazy about the call sign, and after some
comments about "PMS", I decided to get a new call sign when I upgraded
to general. What I didn't know at the time was that the
license pulled from the same call sign pool. So it was, that
was licensed KG4SSO, general class, on Apr. 11, 2002.
this was a good call, and had a pleasant sound in CW mode. I
contemplated a vanity call sign for sometime, and after some ancillary
issues, decided to get a vanity after I upgraded to extra.
Effective Oct. 22, 2002 I upgraded to amateur extra class,
received the vanity call sign K4DGW.
ARES / RACES
Take a bunch of motivated folks, and let them work together
providing communications for events and during times of emergencies.
This was much better put by "Earl the Gray" KE4NBX during a
enjoyable field day operation (my first), but I am trying to keep it
simple here. Those folks in Virginia's District 7 Advisory
Council is just such a group. I have had the privilege of
with them on numerous occasions, and it is always great.
Chris Courson (KC4CMR) is the local EC and he is the operation force
that keeps the local repeaters in action. I had a chance to
some time with Chris at the James City County EOC during Hurricane
Isabelle. Just a note for you folks out there. When
out to help during times like that. . . always take a chainsaw with you
so you can "cut" your way back home.
Due to work, I have had to take a break from the local public service
activities, but I hope to change that in the very near future.
initially enjoyed the
local VHF repeaters as a technician. With the lots of help
"Earl the Red" KR4MA, I learned to move around and operate on the VDEN
network here in Virginia. Earl and Tom, N4NSP, keep this
operational. It is a great network that had amazing
before, but has grown during my inactivity. I am hoping to
active on it once again in the near future.
After receiving my general license, I got started in
HF bands with much great advice from W3WFF and W3MGL. The
my still pulled me towards the digital modes, and after some SSB work,
I got setup for PSK31 and I enjoyed this greatly. It is still
of my favorite modes, and I look forward to getting activie in it again
in the future.
During this time, I got to know a very interesting
KD4UZH. Tom is a knowledgable ham, an impressive homebrewer,
the possesor of some quite interesting and entertaining opinions.
Not to mention his extensive use of the word "moron".
and I can be found most nights, hanging out on 10 meters, 28.325,
chatting and when properly motiviated, practicing code. What
After going about learning the code, to upgrade to
general, and going about it the absolutely worst possible way.
Much bitching and griping. Then after more
than I like to admit . . . actually passing the test, and then becoming
operational, I ditched code and stuck with the activities mentioned
above. But upon upgrading to amature extra, I found
not use half my authorized spectrum, because I didn't "speak" the
language. So I attacked the code. I worked on it
and eventually became somewhat conversant in the mode. I am
where near as comfortable as I want to be at it yet, but it has become
my favorite mode. I am continuing to work on it, listening on
air, and chatting with Tom. I hope to be doing more with it
the coming year.
Antennas / Shack
I have just a small radio setup in the kitchen. Just
HF/VHF/UHF voice and CW,
but more on this in the coming months as I get my shack setup.
Current rigs in use are ICOM 2100 (VHF), ICOM 706MKIIG (HF,
UHF) and on occasion, Kenwood TS-570D(G). Antenna at the
is a 40 meter dublet, fed by ladder line, to a balun, and then coax
coming into the house.
get this setup again soon. ICOM 706-MKIIG and a Tarheel