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Making friends around the globe
My FCC amateur radio license is WC4R. Three of us are licensed in our family. I was first licensed in September 1973 as a Novice class and ultimately Extra class. I am also a Volunteer Examiner with W5YI and ARRL and active in the Virginia RACES , ARRL's ARES and Skywarn. I am an Army MARS operator (AAR3GJ, Military Affiliate Radio System, a Department of Defense program). I'm the founder and first President of the Smithfield amateur radio club, the Western Tidewater Radio Association. My digital repeater (N4ARI) operates on 145.410 (-). KAW K4IWA 2IR084 2WR84
From my Williamsburg, Virginia home, (grid FM17pg) about 115 miles (185 Km) south of Washington DC, I operate the 70 cm-160 meter bands and a full 1,500 watts in both voice and all digital modes. The heart of my HF station centers around a Flex Radio 5000A, Kenwood TS-590SG, Yaesu FT-102, Yaesu FT-857D, Yaesu FT-991A, Drake C-Line (T-4XC & R-4C, L-4B, C-4, MN-2000), Command Technologies HF-2500. I run up to 1500 watts base and 100 watts mobile. There is fun in communicating via amateur radio satellites and talking to the hams in the space shuttle and International Space Station. Data on my recent on air activities are on this page. Here is a map of my contact locations around the world.
Who is Joe? Briefly, I am an entreprenuer, business owner, business teacher. Father and husband. Christian and conservative. My background includes experience in banking, cellular telephone, cable TV, franchise ownership, and education.
Interested in getting your Amateur Radio Service FCC license? Visit this page for teaching and study aids. After you studied, check the W5YI or ARRL for test locations. Follow this link to a list of famous people that were ham radio operators.
Listen to my March 2009 shortwave radio interview with Ted Randall, WB8PUM. The 90 minute mp3 is available here.
Some important Federal, State, and local laws which protect the amateur radio service and the Federally licensed stations.
FCC PRB-1: Federal preemption of state and Local Regulations Pertaining to Amateur Radio Facilities.
Code of Virginia § 15.2-2293.1: The placement of amateur radio antennas.
Virginia Code § 55-513.1: Flag display; necessary supporting structures.
18 USC 1362, is a Federal law which protects stations from vandals and interfering with the station operation.