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Hi all. First of all, I go by my middle name, "Cliff". I am age 53 and was happily married to Irene for 27 years until her death on March 24th, 2012 due to a coronary embolism while hospitalized in Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She was only 48 years old! I have 3 children, 2 sons, 1 daughter, , and 1 grandson and 1 granddaughter. Clifford (29),Cory (27), Elizabeth (22), and Trace (grandson, 5 years old on April 2nd, 2014!) and now have my first granddaughter Emma Faith who turned 1 year old on April 23, 2014. I have a 2nd granddaughter, Maci , who will soon be born! My oldest son is a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and has served 2 deployments to Iraq, one at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq and another at Camp Al Taqaddum, Iraq. He is now back in the states serving at MCAGCC in Twentynine Palms, CA after a 10 month long deployment to Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and had been there since October 2012. He recently completed communications electronics school as honor graduate in his class at MCAGCC in Twentynine Palms, California and his official title is Technical Controller E5. Oohrah! Semper Fi!
My hobby is the best hobby in the world "Amateur Radio", better known as Ham Radio. I first became interested in radio when I was 15 years old, but didn't study for my ham license until I was 35 years old. I spent all those pre-ham days operating on Single Sideband on CB Radio (11 Meter band) on 27.375,27.385, and 27.395 Mhz. I used to belong to a radio group called the 12 America Sideband Group, number 12 because North Carolina was the 12th state to join the union. I was 12 America 018 Cliff and my FCC callsign was KBPU-1686. I met many good friends in this group who have done like myself and gotten into ham radio and also a few have passed on. The 12 America Group in it's heyday was over 600 members and I used to publish a monthly newsletter for the group and we held an annual dinner at Elk Shoals Methodist Campground in West Jefferson, NC. My first interest in radio was sparked by a Cobra 85 radio, an Astatic D-104 (lollypop) microphone , and a 1/4 wave ground plane antenna my Mom bought me for Christmas at age 15. Mom says it's the only thing she ever bought me I didn't get tired of. I enjoyed 11 meter sideband for the next 20 years until a friend of mine, KF4LLF Seth Oneal, got me to get off my lazy duff and study for my ham ticket. I finally passed and got my Technician License on October 16th,1996 after taking the Novice & Technician license exams and in the next 9 months I studied and learned Morse Code and passed the written tests for my General Class, Advanced Class, and Extra Class licenses in addition to passing the 5, 13, & 20 word per minute Morse Code exams. I'm now at the pinnacle of the hobby and absolutely have a blast with it working voice (phone),CW (Morse Code), and several digital modes such as PSK31, , SIM31 PSK, MFSK16, Hellschreiber (Feld-Hell), RTTY (radioteletype),and a little SSTV (Slow Scan Television) from time to time. My VHF radio equipment consists of (2) Radio Shack HTX-242 mobiles and a Cushcraft A14810S 10 element yagi antenna on a roof tripod on top of my house and also a 2 meter Ringo Ranger ground plane antenna on a 25 feet TV antenna mast pole. I operate a packet node on Barrett Mountain under the alias BRTMTN or KU4GW-7 on 145.090 VHF. It is also accessible via the web at http://ku4gw.no-ip.org
You must have a username and password set up for web access which I will fix you up with upon request (licensed U.S. hams only!)
I operate 2 meter FM phone the most on the WB4PZA Repeater located on the WKBC 97.3 Mhz FM Broadcast Radio Station Tower in Wilkesboro,NC 146.820- (94.8 Hz PL Tone). My HF equipment consists of a Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V HF exciter with a Ameritron AL-80B 1000 Watt HF Linear Amplifier, and a Heil Proset Plus headset. I also sometimes use a Yaesu MD-100A8X Desktop Microphone. My HF antennas consist of a Solarcon A-99 vertical (Antron 99) up 30 feet (9.14 meters) on a telescoping pole for 10 meters and a 260 feet (79.26 meters) long doublet dipole antenna horizontal at 28 feet (8.5 meters) high center-fed with ladder line for use on 15-160 meters. It was manufactured by WZ4I Mark and is one super antenna! I also purchased a Hustler 5BTV vertical antenna and 1000 feet of #12 stranded copper wire to lay down 30 33 feet 4 inch radials for DXing on 10,15,20,40 and 80 meter bands.I still have to assemble and get this newest antenna up which I plan on doing over the next few months.
I purchased an 8 feet copper clad ground rod for it, 150 feet of Davis RF 9913 Bury-Flex coax, and 2 gold plated Amphenol PL-259 coaxial connectors. I also use a Palstar AT-1500CV antenna tuner.I run the FT-1000MP Mark V from a Yaesu FP-29 30 volt 15 amp power supply and run the 2 meter equipment from a Icom PS-55 12 Volt 20 amp power supply and a Pyramid PS-15K power supply. I own 4 Morse Code keys which are all pictured in my Photo Section. I did have several other keys, but sold them at a hamfest. My newest keys are a Vibroplex Vibrokeyer willed to me by W4CUX Bill and also a Czech Military straight key I picked up at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. I hang with a bunch of other hams on 3.895 Mhz in the 75 meter band mornings from 5 to 7 AM EDT (0900-1000 UTC) and sometimes with a group on 28.490 Mhz on the 10 meter band occasionally. I also am a member of the SKCC (Straight Key Century Club) International Morse Code group. We are 12,438 members strong as of June 9th, 2014 and we are dedicated to the preservation of Morse Code and the use of the straight key telegraph keys and bug keys (NO Electronic keying devices). We operate on: 1.820, 3.350, 3.550, 7.055, 7.114, 10.120, 14.050, 18.080, 21.050, 24.910, & 28.050 Mhz in the 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meter bands. I can mostly be found around 3.530, 3.543, 3.550, 7.040, 7.050, 7.110, and 14.050 Mhz on CW. I also recently joined the FISTS CW Club and received FISTS number 16001.I recently received what I consider to be the my greatest achievement in the amateur radio hobby! On April 11th, 2012 I was elected as a member of the ARRL A-1 Operator Club, something I never dreamed I would receive! Equipment wise, I recently received as a gift a Ten-Tec R4020 QRP CW rig and am using a MFJ-949D tuner and a 44 feet center-fed dipole fed with ladder line as my portable antenna or a 43 feet end fed vertical wire antenna with no counterpoise for "QRP in the Field" operations. I also bought and built a Emtech ZM-2 QRP antenna tuner kit. I am also a member of NAQCC-the North American QRP CW Club-NAQCC #1491 see http://naqcc.info/ , the Flying Pigs International QRP CW Club-FP #1183 see http://fpqrp.net/, the Feld Hell (Hellschreiber) Club-FH #062 see www.sites.google.com/site/feldhellclub/Home , and of SATERN-the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network see http://www.satern.org SATERN has a weekly digital net using Olivia 8/500 mode on 14.065 Mhz at 1700 UTC year round on the 20 Meter band.I am currently fighting multiple myeloma cancer that I was diagnosed with stage 3 in January 2007. I beat it into remission in 2007 after 7 months of chemotherapy & an autologous stem cell transplant at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. My cancer is in my bone marrow and remained in remission for 3 years and 4 months, but just returned in stage 1 in April of 2010.
I am currently taking a chemo pill called Revlimid (Lenalidomide) 15 mg as a maintenance drug to keep my cancer under control. Right now my cancer protein levels are non-existent again after 8 additional months of chemo which means my cancer is in remission again! Currently there is no cure for multiple myeloma, but there are many drugs to control it's progression. I also have severe osteoporosis as a result of the cancer. Give me a call sometime. Well, that's my info for now, until next update, very 73 from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina-Grid EM95iv.
NEW AT MY STATION!
I recently added a BPQ32 Switch Packet Radio Node using a MFJ-1270B TNC in KISS Mode,allowing the PC to handle everything. On the PC I have BPQ32 and Outpost Packet Manager. The Node is named BRTMTN:KU4GW-7 and is located at my location on the NE slope of Barretts Mountain at a elevation of 1,454 feet above sea level in Alexander County, NC (Grid EM95iv) operating on 145.090 RF and Telnet/AX/IP Internet Access also by going to http://www.ku4gw.no-ip.org You must first contact me via email to request a password before you can log on via the web (Licensed Amateur Radio Operators ONLY!) My station consists of a Radio Shack HTX-242 Mobile Radio running 50 watts powered by a Icom PS-55 20 Amp Power Supply and a Cushcraft A148-10 10 Element Yagi Antenna pointing ENE. There has been a recent resurgence of packet radio in North Carolina with many once defunct nodes now back up and running. There is a map of current NC nodes available at http://bit.ly/16nKwJn Below is a table of Links available from my node:
Direct AX/IP Links
UNION GROVE, NC
ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT CONNECTING TO BRTMTN:KU4GW-7 NODE
Connect to my station for keyboard to keyboard QSO's by connecting to KU4GW if you can hear my station direct over RF on 145.090
Connect to my station through your node for keyboard to keyboard QSO's by
connecting to KU4GW-7 and then type HOST at the prompt (or C KU4GW)
Connect to my Node KU4GW-7 in order to access all other areas of packet radio including the Charlotte BBS, World Wide Chat, World Wide
packet nodes, and all things packet radio across NC, SC, and VA
Connect to my RMS Gateway to KU4GW-10 in order to access a "email" gateway through packet radio" that allows users to send and receive
messages over packet radio and also import/export email messages over
*Send me a message via packet radio from anywhere WORLD WIDE by connecting to
your closest Full-Service BBS and send your message to: KU4GW@W4BFB.#CLT.NC.USA.NA
KU4GW-7 NODES SORTED BY ALIAS
#HVL22:K4QC-2 #HVL44:K4QC-4 ALTNC:AC4ZR-6 BBSLMT:WW1R-8
BLADEN:NN4NC-9 BRTRMS:KU4GW-10 CLT:W4BFB-5 CLT220:W4BFB-7
CLT440:W4BFB-14 CLT442:KE4IYH-14 CLTBBS:W4BFB-9 CLTCHT:W4BFB-2
CLTNE:KE4IYH-4 CLTRC:W4BFB-10 CNWYSC:W4GS-10 CONVHF:KF4LLF-6
CRYBBS:AJ4GR-2 CRYCHT:AJR CRYCHT:AJ4GR-5 CRYCHT:AJR
CRYMYR:AJ4GR-1 FM144:AC4ZR-4 GAFFSC:KB4HJQ-7 GAFRMS:KB4HJQ-10
GASTON:KD4GCA-1 HILLNC:W1REP-3 LM1BBS:WW1R LSC:AC4ZR-1
LSCBBS:AC4ZR LSCDX:AC4ZR-15 LTLMTN:WW1R-2 LTLMTN:WW-2
MONHOK:KK4HOK-7 MONRMS:KK4HOK-10 MONUHF:KF4LLF-5 MSC:WA4MRV-7
MYR:N4EV-1 MYRBBS:N4EV-2 MYRCHT:N4EV-3 MYRRMS:N4EV-10
NCBBS:NN4NC NCHVL:K4QC-1 NCRMS:NN4NC-10 OCABBS:W1REP
OCADX:W1REP-5 OCARMS:W1REP-10 POOR:N4MGQ-9 RKYDX:KF4LLF-8
RKYRMS:KF4LLF-10 RKYRVR:KF4LLF-7 SCLT:W4PFI-8 SCLT:KK4DHM-8
SHELBY:W4NYR-5 STK09:AC4ZR-7 STKU:AC4ZR-9 TVILLE:W4ERT-7
TVLGAT:KU4GW-11 UGVNC:KF4LLF-3 WAXHNC:K4WBT-7 WIRAC:N9PMO-2
PORTS ON KU4GW-7
Port Driver ID
1 ASYNC 145.090 MHz 1200bd (ONLINE)
3 BPQAXIP AX/IP/UDP (ONLINE)
4 TELNET TELNET (ONLINE)