Does anyone have any manners these days?

I have spent quite a few hours on HF lately now that I have an awesome antenna in the air.  Mostly listening and getting familiar with the different bands and such but I have been making several attempts to break through some pileups and make some contacts.  In my brief experience, I either break through in the first or second call or it takes a while to finally get through.  Not a whole not of middle ground is to be found.  What makes things worse is the conduct of other operators trying to get through the piles ups as well. Continue reading Does anyone have any manners these days?

Antenna Support Failure (Updated)

So last night, I am on 20 meters and made 3 DX contacts including European Russia, Norway and Israel.  I’m getting through the pileups well and I’m still very happy with the antenna in the air.

As I am getting ready for work this morning, the YL advises me that a limb came down in the back yard.  This isn’t too abnormal just due to the massive trees that we have on our property.  They tend to self prune their selves.  We did have some rain come through yesterday but it was far from any bad storms or high winds.  So I told her  that I’d look at it when I got home from work.  She said, “No, it’s a BIG limb and I think it is on your antenna!”  This is reason to take a look!  This is what I saw. Continue reading Antenna Support Failure (Updated)


It was a difficult email to read last night when I learned that Tad, WF4W, passed away. He was in the hospital experiencing heart related issues and was expecting possible heart surgery any day. His family was keeping the local clubs up to date on his progress and had the difficult task of sharing the news of his unfortunate passing. Continue reading RONALD L WILLIAMSON, JR “Tad”, WF4W, SK

Antenna Raising Party

20140427-092958It’s one of those “first” for every ham radio operator that is interested in HF!  The radio may be plugged in and set up but the antenna has GOT to be right for things to work well.  So, I got my hands on an Alpha-Delta DX-CC.  I researched the internet for options for feed lines.  Since I was dealing with almost a 200′ run, coax loss was a concern that needed to be addressed.  I also wanted to put it in the best spot possible and facing the right direction for my intentions.  Given the barriers on the property, a few extra hands never hurts to have.  In the event of a cookout, an antenna raising part broke out!  Click here to see this event from the viewpoint of K4MTX on his blog!

Here is how it things went. Continue reading Antenna Raising Party

Welcome to K4NHW

Welcome to the new page of  In the near future, you will find blogs and stories of my ventures as a new ham radio operator.  Just in my first year as an amateur radio operator, I have learned ALOT from many different people and have experienced some pretty neat stuff.  Check back from time to time and see what’s new.  Hope to catch you on the air someday!  Till then, 73 de K4NHW!