I hold an extra class amateur radio license issued by the FCC with the call sign K4KIO. This entitles me to operate a radio transmitter on a variety of frequency bands using several modes of transmission for the purpose of experimentation, personal enjoyment and public service. This license was first issued in 1956 in New Haven, Kentucky and later lapsed for inactivity until year 2000 when I was re-licensed following a qualification test of radio and electronic theory and use of morse code. Click here for a short article on the early days of K4KIO in New Haven, Kentucky
My main interests in this hobby are making as many contacts with foreign countries and distant points as possible using single sideband and morse code. I also experiment with different antennas and have spent a considerable amount of time in the construction of a multi-band, directional wire beam antenna called a hexagonal beam. I have documented the construction steps to build such an antenna here on this web site and regularly exchange e-mail with other amateurs on this subject. The transmitter and receiver equipment for the station which I own and operate is shown to the right. The hexagonal beam which I built is also shown above.
The card above is used to mail to other amateur stations with whom I make radio contact to confirm that such a communications took place. Many amateurs enjoy collecting such cards and various awards are granted by the American Radio Relay League based on the collection of such cards from all 50 states, 100 countries and so forth.