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KQ4Y's page


1597 Carnation Street
Fernandina Beach
United States

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My first "real" radio was a Hallicrafters S-120 that was purchased in 1966 from Allied Radio in Chicago.  With that, I became an SWL with the Popular Electronics Magazine call: WPE9IQX.  I enjoyed listening to short wave stations, sending reception reports and receiving QSL cards.  But, I wanted to get on the air!  

I was first licensed in 1968 as WA9ZYG with a Technician  License, a Heathkit Twoer and an 11-element Cush Craft beam.  Soon   thereafter, I upgraded to Advanced class and added a Heathkit HW-100 to the   station. The HF antenna was an inverted V with a Drake MN-4 Tuner.

Later, I replaced the HW-100 with a Kenwood TS-830S along with an HQ-1 mini-quad and a vertical.  Eventually, a Commodore 64 computer system was   added along with a PAKRATT 232 for the digital modes.

The station didn't change much until 2005 when I finally upgraded to Extra as  KF9SQ.  Soon thereafter, my family and I moved to Florida and I changed my call to KQ4Y.  The rig today is an Icom 706MKIIG which replaces a desk full of equipment in one small package.

The antenna is a magnetic loop due to neighborhood restrictions.  Despite the modest station, I still have a lot of fun with CW,  SSB and a number of digital modes including PSK, RTTY and Feld Hell.  

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