Info on KA4RRU
1967 had my first look at a ham shack ... best friend - Chris Coats dad had a basement full of ham gear in Niskayuna NY. (do not know call)
1968 -1980 SWL with cool radios like Trans-Oceanic, FRG-7
September 1980 Passed Novice Test - Test given by my Elmer - W4NVN - in Stafford VA
October 12, 1980 First Qso (Using a Globe Scout Deluxe TX and FRG-7 RX)
First Contest - Novice Round up January 1982 - 251 q's !!!
July 5, 1982 - started using TenTec Triton IV (big move up - had a VFO !!)
Second Contest - Novice Round up January 1983 - 397 q's !!!
November 4, 1989 Passed 20 wpm
December 2, 1989 Passed Technician
December 9, 1989 Passed General
December 30, 1989 First SSB QSO
January 14, 1990 Passed Advanced
January 26, 1990 Passed Extra
March 16, 1990 First RTTY QSO
May 19, 1991 First Tower (TH3 at about 35 or 40 feet attached to the house.)
November 27, 1992 First QSO from current QTH in Catlett VA.
August 8, 1993 First tower at new qth TH3 on a 48 foot HBX tower
Spring, 1995 Went to VP2M for ARRL SSB DX with W4DC and others had a blast!
Summer, 1995 Second tower at new qth 90 feet of Rohn 25 with 2 el 40 at 100 feet and three th6 at 90, 60, and 30 feet
Summer 2004, Put up third tower. 68 feet of rohn 25 (20 meter 4 el at top and 4 el 15 meter at 35 feet added in Feb/2005)
July 2006, Started work on redoing the shack and basement.
July 2007, Put 5 el 15 on top HBX and 4 el 15 at 30 feet on HBX.
August 2007, Put second 4 el 20 at 35 feet on 68 foot tower.
Winter 2008, Got a ICOM 706 and started doing HF mobile.
March 2008 and 2009 - Did VA Qso party with WA4PGM. Had at blast! Over 1K qsos mobile.
Spring, 2010 Went to TI5 for ARRL SSB DX with WA4PGM, W0CN, W4DC and others ... had a blast!
March 2012 and 2013 - Did Multi Multi VA Qso party here.
FALL 2012, Replaced 5el 15 meter beam with 3 el SteppIR beam on top of HBX Tower.
December 2013, Finished USA-County Award 3077 #1240
FALL 2014, Replaced 3 el SteppIR beam with C3E on top of HBX Tower.
2014, Took part in the W1AW/4 event.
2016, Took part in the NPOTA event.
February, 2016 Did NC QSO Party with WA4PGM
March, 2016 Did Multi Multi VA Qso party here
April, 2016 Worked FT4JA for my LAST DXCC and Number 1 Honor Roll.
November, 2016 Replaced C3E with a Skyhawk at the top of HBX tower.
November, 2016 Put C3E at 35 feet pointed south on the HBX tower.
December, 2016 Put up a new 160 inverted L .. Works FB.
March, 2017 Did Multi Multi VA Qso party here
November, 2017 Put up a 2el 40 meter beam pointed West at 50 feet.
November, 2017 Put up the 160 inverted L (again - Storm took it down in April).. Works FB.
February, 2020 Replaced Tri-Band VHF/UFH with Duel Band VHF/UHF Antenna and replaced coax jumper
March, 2022 Went to J68HZ for ARRL SSB Contest with WA4PGM and W0CN had a great time.
July, 2022 Lightning destroyed the Duel Band VHF/UHF Antenna (and a couple of other things)
Web Page Updated 07/31/2022
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