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WA4A

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Robert W. Truitt, Jr.

Burlington 27215-1981
United States, NC

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Call data

Last update:2018-03-12 23:33:20
QTH:Burlington, NC, USA
Continent:NA
Views:275
Main prefix:K
Class:Extra
Federal state:NC
US county:Alamance
Latitude:36.0757422
Longitude:-79.4874573
Locator:FM06GB
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:846015

QSL data

Last update:2016-05-11 20:30:48
eQSL QSL:no
Bureau QSL:YES
Direct QSL:YES
LoTW QSL:no

Biography

First amateur license, Novice: October 1962, WN4KFH, Raleigh, NC
Conditional / General / Advanced / Extra: 1963 to 1977, WA4KFH
Second station licenses: 1977 to 1981: WB0SVE and AG0T, Whiteman AFB, MO
Current station license: 1981 to present: WA4A

Active member ARRL, Alamance Amateur Radio Club, RACES, AREC
Former member Navy/Marine Corps MARS, 1963 to 1974, N0WUD
Former member Air Force MARS, 1974 to 2015, AFB4KFH, AFB3FT, AFB2KJ, AFA2NE, AFA4RT

Main operating interests:
-QRP (5-Watts or less) Portable and Mobile /HF,VHF,UHF/ CW,SSB,some digital and FM
-DXing and casual contesting
-Homebrew and tinkering with QRP rigs and antennas
-SWLing on military,aircraft,marine and international short wave broadcast bands

The biggest thrill in this hobby has been and still is making DX contacts with minimal equipment, using flea power to antennas that shouldn't work while operating from unusual locations that shouldn't be worked out of, usually using manually keyed CW! IE, Doing it the "hard way!"

My amateur radio hobby as a teenager turned into my life's work and a successful career in telecommunications.
By high school I had earned the FCC Commercial Radiotelephone (formerly First Class)
and Radiotelegraph Operator's Licenses with Radar Endorsement. After college, I had opportunities to work in public safety, broadcasting and marine radio operations, installation and repair. During my Air Force enlistment, I was assigned as a maintenance technician NCO on UHF and SSB/HF air/ground radio equipment. After the Air Force, I held positions with ITT North, Northrop-Page in Saudi Arabia and Pan American World Services at Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida as an assistant engineer. After trying retirement the first time in 1990, I signed on as a Merchant Marine radio officer on the USNS Potomac during Operation Desert Storm and later worked at WAAP-TV. In May of 2016, my second career as a telecommunications technician with Elon University ended after over 18 years of telephone PBX and VoIP work. Now on my second retirement, I have an offer to assist my son, Rob, KC4RTT, with a new venture working in broadcasting and communications tower maintenance!

73 to All!

DE Bob / WA4A







Equipment

My primary radio is a home-brewed "Go-Box" consisting of the following gear as shown in the photos on this site:

-Yaesu FT-817ND, MARS modified transceiver (MF/HF/VHF/UHF, all-modes)
-LDG 817H automatic antenna tuner and 4:1 Balun
-Signalink sound card interface
-Sealed lead acid battery, 12-Volt@8-Amp/Hrs with built-in charger
-ATX Walkabout HF/6-Meter antenna
-Telescoping VHF/UHF whip antenna
-Palm 817 Mini-paddle
-Formotion 24-hour analog clock
-Dell laptop with Fldigi software
-Baofeng UV5RA VHF/UHF handi-talkies

The above equipment, except for the PC, is packaged in a compact, recycled Tektronix, hand-carried equipment case, as a self-contained, all-band, all-mode radio command post and includes its own power supply and on-board HF/VHF/UHF antennas. In less than one cubic foot of space, the 18-pound "Go-Box" can be used as a hand-held, mobile, portable or fixed station for local and world-wide voice, telegraph and digital communications. With its general-coverage transmit/receive capabilities, ability to use various power sources and antennas and being NTIA and FCC compliant, the "Go-Box" can be used on most amateur, MARS, government and commercial bands in many emergency situations.

This "Go-Box" design project has won first-place awards at hamfests in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC and in Richmond, VA.

Other images

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WA4A / The WA4A "Go-Box" being used on an Air Force MARS HF multimode net
  

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