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K4EXT Vital Statistics
First Licensed: February 6, 1968
Call History: WN9WZV, WA9WZV, KG4VBL, K4EXT
QTH History: Indianapolis, Indiana
Lafayette, Indiana
DeLand, Florida
Columbia, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Kissimmee, Florida
Victoria, Alabama
Daleville, Alabama

I was first licensed as WN9WZV in 1968 while serving time as a high school sophomore in Indianapolis. Later that same year, I passed my General exams and became WA9WZV.

My first station was a Johnson Adventurer 50-watt transmitter and an Army surplus BC-348 receiver. Soon to follow was an EICO 753 AM/SSB/CW transceiver kit. Later rigs included a lot of QRP and QRPp stuff including the Heathkit HW-8 and Kenwood TS-130V transceivers.

I operated 100% code for nearly 25 years. In the beginning, it was straight key CW. Later I managed to grasp the swing of a semi-automatic key (bug). In the early 1970's, I built my first electronic keyer using TTL IC's (ie, a real power-sucker). In the early 1980's, I made my Commodore VIC-20 computer crank out some serious Morse code in between games of Centipede and Gorf.

I foolishly let my license expire in 1995. In July of 2002, I tested again ... this time with my sons Josh/KG4VBJ and Justin/KG4VBK.

K4EXT (WA9WZV) - 1970 - Indianapolis
Equipment pictured includes an Eico 753 AM/SSB/CW Transceiver with matching
Power Supply, a surplus BC-348 Receiver, a homebrew box that probably did
something important, a semi-automatic bug, QSL's, awards, and antenna coax
though the window screen that surely did not have my parents blessing!

WA9WZV QSL - 1968
Recently resurrected from the California vault of Bob/WA9YFP

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