Amateur Radio

Ken NU4I with an end to a wire dipole antenna.

Ken NU4I with an end to a wire dipole antenna.

I passed the exam for a Technician Class Amateur Radio License in April of 2002.  My first call sign was KG4TFF.  I got on the air very soon and joined the Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club.

In November, I upgraded to General Class and started working HF or High Frequency.  The HF bands cover portions of the radio spectrum from 1.8 MHz up to nearly 30 MHz.

In May of 2003, I upgraded to Amateur Extra Class and now had access to all available spectrum space on the ham bands.  I also sent applications to the ARRL and W5YI to become a Volunteer Examiner, allowing me to help give exams to others.  My ‘new’ call was now AG4YQ.

In April of 2007 I changed my call once again, to NR4C.  I think this is the last time I’ll change my call sign.

Check out the links below.

  • ARRL – The American Radio Relay League is an organization of ham operators for ham operators.  It is our voice in Congress and the FCC. They are the biggest Volunteer Examiner group in the US.  They are active in emergency communications, educations, contesting and many other related activities.
  • WAARC – The Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club was the first club I joined after getting my Technician license.  We meet on the Second Tuesday of each month and have several regular monthly dining events as well. We also hold two test sessions each year and several Special Event Portable HF operations.
  • WAARC Newsletter – I’ve rec
  • MPARC The Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club is based in Gloucester, VA.
  • QRZ This site has a little bit of everything for the radio amateur.  You can look up call signs, take practice exams, answer related trivia questions, forums, ads, and news.
  • HRO Ham Radio Outlet is one of the largest retailers of ham related equipment in the US.