Welcome to my website. If you’ve come here after receiving my business card and had wondered, “What is this guy doing?,” then you’ve come to the right place. You may have seen my car at an exhibition or perhaps operating at a State or National Park. Amateur Radio, commonly referred to as “ham radio,” is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during emergencies.
I earned my Technician Class Amateur Radio license in 1995 and then upgraded to a General Class license in 2007. I do not have a base station because my neighborhood is filled with noisy power lines and my home is in a small valley that puts me below most terrain. As a result, I am a mobile-only operator. A unique value of a mobile setup is its ability to simply relocate to a more favorable location to maximize success. Yes, mobile stations have some shortcomings, but their ability to quickly relocate to overcome some obstacles is hard to ignore!
My favorite ham radio pastimes include Parks on the Air (POTA), VHF contesting, communications exercises, and various discussion networks (called “nets”). I am a routine net control station for Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club’s daily Coffee and Radio net. CLICK HERE to read about my current mobile setup. CLICK HERE to see my VHF contest “Rover” setup. As the station continues to grow, I hope to find myself experimenting with satellite communications.
Note: KE4WMF.com is a landing page that resides on my main website at StealthGTI.com. All links lead to that domain. Please feel free to explore my content. Rest assured: IT’S ME! 😉
Here are a few Amateur Radio links:
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) – The largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the USA. The ARRL represents the interests of amateur radio operators before federal regulatory bodies, provides technical advice and assistance to amateur radio enthusiasts, supports a number of educational programs, and sponsors emergency communications service throughout the country.
Bicycle Mobile Hams of America – Combine cycling with Amateur Radio.
QRZ – The Internet’s most popular Ham Radio database. Features call sign lookup, ham biographies, and links to individual sites.
W5YI is an outstanding source of information for those interested in Amateur Radio.