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 Force-12 flagpole vertical antenna (with many radials and a   horizontal section of "semi invisible" wire) due to neighborhood restrictions.  I   also have a G5RV Jr. in the attic along with a discone for VHF. Despite the   modest station, I still have a lot of fun with CW, SSB and a number of digital   modes including PSK, RTTY, WSPR, JT9, JT65 and Feld Hell.  

  I QSL 100% via Logbook of the World and eQSL.  I will honor any request for a   "regular" QSL card via GlobalQSL (internationally) or USPS within the U.S. You   can view my online logbook at HRDlog.net.





KQ4Y News


New QTH!

We moved a few miles east and now live on Amelia Island (NA-138).  The station is not set up yet.  But, new pictures will be added here before the summer is over.



  Station Equipment


 Kenwood TH-F6A

 Alinco DR-150T

 LDG AT-100 Pro

                RigBlaster Pro

                W2IHY EQ Plus

                Force-12 Flagpole Vertical


  Software Used

 Ham Radio Deluxe




                WriteLog (Contests)

                GenLog (Contests)  

  Clubs and Association Membership

 ARRL Life Member

 Florida Contest Group

 North Florida Amateur Radio Society

 10 - 10 International (31182)

                QCWA (26411)

                Feld Hell Club (2265)

                NAQCC (3307)                

                FISTS (11972)

                30 Meter Digital Group (3624)

                Digital Modes Club (3036)

                Digital on Six (689)   

                European PSK Club (11491)


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                                                                                  Rick Abshier

                                                                                                      Fernandina Beach, Florida  USA




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