So where to start? Never considered writing about myself, and now realizing how much we accomplish in our lives starts to come forward,but here goes nothing.
I retired in February 2011 after a long and enjoyable career in commerical (public safety) radio communications. I was involved with numerous state and federal agencies througout my career. My job involved design, project management and service.
The mystery of wireless communications had always captured my attention and became a wonderful career in radio. I hold a FCC General Radiotelephone License also. Having completed schools with General Electric, Ericsson,Harris, Zetron, Kenwood, Times Microwave,Microwave Data Systems,Telex,CES and Motorola it was a continous learning expirience. I had the pleasure of working with some world class people who are also hams, Don Miller-W2EWY, Dave Edwards-W2GBO and Fred Fitte-NF2F.
I was formerly KB2SIY in the upstate NY area and after relocating to 4 Land, I decided a vanity call made a lot of sense. So K4ETN in my mind represents where I live in East Tennessee with my wife Kay,K4KLO.
I spent many years in the Amauter Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and RACES in Albany County,NY. I served 8 years as the Northern District Emergency Coordinator for the ARRL Hudson Division and 10 years as a Deputy Radio Officer for the Albany County Sheriff's Department Emegency Managment Office. I also served as the departments technical advisor and helped impliment the new Sheriff's 911 Center in 1995 and 1996.
The greatest challenge in Amauter Radio I was involved with was the Ice Storm of 1998 in Upstate NY. During a two week period I coordinated the efforts of operators from Albany to the Canadian border helping those isolated and evacuated by the severe storm that caused millions of dollars in damage.
I built and operated the KB2SIY repeater in Albany County, NY on 444.7 Mhz. The first repeater was a 90 watt GE Master Professional Series(Tube powered)which was replaced with a GE Mastr II in 1999 equipped with a SCom 5K panel which allowed for two tone paging for emergencies and linked to the 147.12 RACES repeater.
So now, relocating and having enough time to enjoy radio again, I will soon upgrade to General and get on HF to talk to my friends in 2 Land and beyond.
And I am considering another UHF repeater project on 70cm. Looking forward to many years ahead and some interesting projects.
I am a proud US Air Force Vietnam Veteran and a member of the Air Force Security Police Association, The Air Force Security Forces Foundation and the American Legion.
I can be found riding my Harley Davidson through the hills of East Tennessee on nice days with my wife.
Catch you down the log.
5 January 2013- Passed my upgrade to General Class at the White Pine, TN hamfest. It was a good day!
12 January 2013-My antenna came today, now on HF! 3 QSO's and great signal reports so far. Running a TS-520S,
DG-5 and MC-50 with a G5RV Jr @ 17'.
Now coordinated for my UHF project and collecting the equipment. When operational, the K4ETN repeater
will serve Northeast Tenneesee on 443.100 (+5Mhz offset) with a CTCSS tone of 118.8. The equipment will be
a TKR-820 Kenwood repeater with a Standard/Vertex 90watt continous duty amplifier. See pictures of the project further
down the page.
12 June 2013- The K4ETN Repeater is in service for general Amatuer use. Stop in and throw your call out !
**NEW PROJECTS FOR 2014**
The K4ETN 442.525 Repeater is under construction!
Assorted Icons and pics below
K4ETN Operating Position January 2013
Arrow 2m and 70cm Dual Band 1/4 WaveAntenna @ K4ETN
G5RV Jr. with a homemade 1:1 choke at the feedpoint.
Added dedicated 70cm station, General Electric Orion 100 watts and 10dbd gain Cushcraft yagi with rotor April 2013
Always something going on in the shop.
Welcome to the K4ETN Repeater System
Location 1- Jonesborough, TN elevation 1939 feet AMSL
Frequency- 443.100 + offset
Tone- 118.8 Hz in and out
Equipment and Specifications
KENWOOD TKR-820 UHF repeater
ID-O-Matic II Controller
Decibel Products DB-4075 Band Pass/Band Reject duplexer
Standard/Vertex 90 watt 100% duty cycle external power amplifier
General Electric Mastr III 43 amp 100% duty cycle power supply
Decibel Products DB-404 antenna and LDF5-50A feedline
December 2013- New tower installed at K4ETN/R
Many thanks to Al-KK4QHN, Rich-KE4JFL and Kay-K4KLO
Stop by and say hello anytime. K4ETN
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