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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, The Air Force Police Alumni Association and the American Legion.

Currently involved in the following organizations: W4ABR-Johnson City Amateur Radio Assoc (Vice President), President of the North East TN Digital Association (W4YSF) and a member of The Kingsport Amateur Radio Club (W4TRC).

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.





21 July 2016- The K4ETN East Repeater is now Yaesu System Fusion. Stop in and throw your call out !

4 February 2015- The K4ETN West Repeater is in service. Stop in and say hello! Or check out my website:



Assorted Icons and pics below



I don't have alot of room at home, so this old printer cart is my operating position.


Repeater Projects

K4ETN/R East, Jonesborough, TN  1950ft AMSL

443.100 + offset  118.8 tone in/out

Yaesu DR1-X System Fusion repeater  Celwave 526 duplexer  Standard 90 watt amplifier 

Advanced Receiver Research DVG 432 preamp

The 443.100 repeater operates in Automatic Mode Select, allowing for C4FM Digital Voice or Analog voice using a tone of 118.8 Hz.

This is the first of three 440 System Fusion repeaters to be installed in the Tri Cities Area during 2016.

443.100 is a NETDA (North East TN Digital Association) affillitated repeater.

KE4JFL and K4ETN assembling the tower.

Rigging the LDF5 for hoisting up the tower.




K4ETN/R West, Greeneville, TN

3815 ft AMSL, Round Knob Mt., Greene County TN

444.750 + offset   192.8 tone in/out     Kenwood TKR-850 repeater,TPL RXR 100w amp,

TX/RX Vari-Notch Band Pass Band Reject duplexer, PolyPhaser protection,

Battery backup power, timer controlled backup power self test w/ cw id. Low power setting

on backup power (30w).


Other Repeater Projects

KK4FPB/R  Gray, TN  1503ft AMSL

442.500 + offset  118.8 tone

Built by K4ETN for KK4FPB- local coverage of Gray,TN and the surrounding area.

General Electric Mastr Executive II  tx/rx deck with UHS receiver, Master II 100w continious duty PA with fan, Phelps Dodge duplexer, ICS controller, Motorola Micor cabinet and power supply. PolyPhaser protection and DB-411 upper half antenna.


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