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We would like to thank you for visiting our amateur radio web page. We hope you enjoy your visit and find the links useful. If you have any questions or comments you may send email to us by clicking HERE.   If you would like your Amateur Radio Web Site listed on our page or know of another web site that you would like to see listed, email the link to us and we will look it over. If it meets our guidelines, we will add it to the links page. Thanks. 

Ron (W4ET) & Joanne (K4JRN)


Update (January 2017):  Happy New Year! I hope everything is going well with you and continues to go well throughout this new year.

I have been a little more active since the weather cooled down. I have made several JT-65 contacts lately. I have also made a few CW and PSK-31 contacts. I have also been talking to my brother Jonnie (W4AW) almost every day on six meters.

As I said last update, I have made the decision to stop sending out QSL cards. All QSL exchanges now must be made on LOTW. It is just too expensive to send out cards anymore, and being retired there is very little money available for that.  

That's all I have for now. Have a great day!

73 DE Ron - W4ET



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Updated April 6, 2012
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Hi. My name is Ron Hutchison. I have been a licensed amateur radio operator (ham) since 1970. My wife Joanne (K4JRN) and my daughter April (K4AJH) are also licensed and have their general class licenses.  My daughter's husband Jason (KF4TOV), also a general class, is a ham as well as my brother Jonnie (W4AW), his wife Gail (W4ETJ), Jonnie and Gail's daughter Amber (KG4TYZ), and her husband Luke (KG4TZA).  Altogether, counting cousins and in-laws, there are 16 hams in our family.

I am a life member of the ARRL. I have held the following callsigns over the years: WN0DDG, WB0DDG, WB5UTQ, KB0DZ, KR5E, W0RH and W4ET.

I upload all my QSO's to LoTW (although not always immediately).  I do not use eqsl.cc. I rarely send out regular QSL cards.

My present station consists of the following:
Icom 756Pro, Icom IC-7300 and Icom IC-740 tranceivers; SP-20 and Yaesu speakers; 3 MFJ 25 MightyLite Switching power supplys; SM-30, SM-6, HM-36, and Heil Classic Microphones. Ameritron ALS-600 HF Amplifier; MFJ-949E tuner. Drake R4B and  MS4 speaker; Old novice straight key and Bencher paddle. Antennas: All-band off center fed dipole and 40 meter inverted vee.  6 meter 3 element beam; 2 meter 5 element beam.

Click here to view pictures of some of my past ham shacks. 

73 and I hope to cu on the air.

Ron - W4ET

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THIS IS WHERE IT BEGAN

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This is where my interest in radio began. This is a 1941 Model 42-380X Philco radio that my parents had down in our basement on our farm near Belle, Missouri.   My brother (W4AW) and I used to listen to hams on 80 and 40 meter AM.  We also used it to listen to shortwave broadcast stations. I kept a log of the stations we heard on this radio in an old ledger book. I still have that book and it's fun to look back in it and see who we heard all those years ago.  One ham that I remember was WAØSWE.  This fellow had a very unique way of saying his call sign that I'll never forget.

My Novice receiver was a Drake 1A. This was one of the few receivers at the time it came out that didn't weigh over 40 pounds.  It was a great SSB receiver and held it's own on CW too.  I bought this in 1970 from a CB'er who called himself "Yogi" for $85.00. I'm not sure if "Yogi" had been or was a ham. He evidently knew his electronics. He lived in a single wide house trailer in Vichy, Missouri which had stereo and tv equipment scattered all around that he was fixing for folks.  He also fixed CB's for people. I remember that along with the electronics equipment there was at least one goat, a dog and chickens roaming around the trailer too.  

The Heathkit DX-40 was my Novice transmitter. I bought it from Larry  (KØLA - then KØJWN) for $40.00 in 1970.  It was a great transmitter and I used it on AM after I got my general ticket. I had several crystals for the 40 and 80 meter novice bands as well as a few 15 meter crystals. After I upgraded to General Class I added a Heathkit VFO to it.

This is an E. F. Johnson 275 Watt Matchbox Tuner. It is not a picture of mine, but it is just like it. I bought my tuner in 1970 and used it with a windom antenna for 40 and 80 meters. It worked quite well. I kept it until a few months ago and sold it to someone who intends to restore it. It would be nice to see it restored and working again.

 

 


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This is my twin brother Jonnie, WNØEDQ (now W4AW) in 1971 or 1972 at our station on our parents farm about three miles south of Belle, Missouri in Maries county. Somewhere I have a picture of me sitting at this station but so far I've been unable to find it. The "shack" was located down in the basement in my Dad's former dark room. The cat liked to sit on the transmitter in the winter time to keep warm. My call sign at the time was WNØDDG.  The station consisted of a Heathkit DX-40 transmitter, Drake 1A receiver, a Johnson "matchbox" Tuner, and a straight key. The antennas were a windom for 40 and 80 meters, and a homebuilt two element 15 meter beam. We switched between transmit and receive using a knife switch.   I used this station on AM after I upgraded to general class and after I purchased an external VFO.  It was the only station I could afford for a while.

This is me  (W4ET, then WBØDDG) operating at my "in-laws" house in 1975 in Memphis, Tennessee. I'm using my Kenwood TS-520 and my Johnson matchbox tuner which is hidden to the right of the rig. I set up the rig on the kitchen table. The fellow sitting next to me is my father-in-law Robert Boling who was very interested in ham radio. Dig my groovy pants!

This was my ham shack in Almo, Kentucky in 1987 when I was KR5E and preached for the Hickory Grove church of Christ. The little fellow in the picture is my son David, who is now grown and has his own family. If you look closely, you will see a Kenwood TS-830S, the old Johnson Matchbox Tuner sitting on top of a Dentron Super Tuner, a commodore 64 computer (which I used on RTTY), along with a computer printer and a portable TV that I used for a monitor (boy was that hard to see). You can also see the tip of my old MC-50 Microphone right above David's head. 

This was my station in 1989 at Almo, Kentucky where we lived for ten and a half years. In the picture is a 20 amp power supply, Johnson matchbox (tuner), Dentron super tuner. An Icom IC-735 and a Kenwood TS-830S transceiver with a MC-50 microphone.

This was my ham shack in Stella, Kentucky in 1997 shortly after we moved into our new house. The rigs are a Kenwood TS-440sat (right), MFJ Antenna Tuner, TM-241 2 meter rig, and an Icom 735 to the left. 

This was my 2004 Station in Stella, Kentucky where we lived from 1997 to 2005. The station consisted of an Icom 706 MKIIG, Yaesu FT-767GX, Drake 2C speaker, MFJ Tuner, Bencher paddle, SM-6 Microphone, Kenwood MC-50 Microphone, B & W all-band folded dipole, 3 Element beam for 6 meters and an 11 element beam for 2 meters.

 

 

This is a picture of my 2 complete Drake "B" twins shortly after I bought them in 2005. I later sold one station and kept the other one for a year or so before I sold it.

This was my 2005 Stella, Kentucky station. It consisted of an Icom IC-756pro, Ameritron AL-811 HF Amp, Desktop computer, Drake 1KW Tuner, SM-6 Microphone. Antennas were a B & W all-band folded dipole, homebrew G5RV, 3 element six meter beam, and 11 element two meter beam.

This was my portable station in Walnut Creek, California October 2005 to April 2006.  I made several contacts with a 20 meter coaxial dipole draped over the balcony.  Not a very good location for HF.

We moved to Phoenix, Arizona in April 2006. I used the 20 meter coaxial dipole laying on the floor of the balcony. It did not work well because we were in a stucco building and the balcony floor was cement. Unfortunately, our apartment balcony faced the apartment building office. There was really no way to get an antenna up without being discovered.

This was my portable station in Glendale, Arizona December 2006. I used my 20 meter coaxial dipole on the balcony, but it wasn't very effective because of the stucco building.

This was my portable station at my daughter's home in Tri City, Kentucky in March 2006. I received a new call sign (WØRH) while here on February 13, 2007. The station consisted of an Icom 756pro transceiver, SM-6 Microphone, Bencher paddle, Compaq Armada M700 laptop computer with external monitor, 20 meter coaxial dipole and a 40 meter inverted vee.

This is Joanne (K4JRN) at our portable station in Tri City, Ky. March 2007

Another picture of Joanne operating in Tri City, Ky. 2007.

This is our 6 year old grandson Anthony talking to my brother Jonnie (W4AW) in March 2007 at my daughter's home in Tri City, Kentucky.

This was my "ham shack" in Durham, North Carolina when we first moved to Durham in April 2007. We were in the Southern part of Durham near the junction of NC 54 and NC 55 in the Korman Community apartments. We were located on the third floor.  I used this setup which consisted of using online remote bases before I set up the "real" ham equipment. When I got the real radio's set up it was the same setup as below. I used the 20 meter coaxial dipole sitting on top of the railing of the balcony. It worked well and I made quite a few contacts from this location.

 

This was my ham shack in our home in Durham, N.C. We moved there February 24, 2008.  I was using a 20 meter coaxial dipole in the attic and a ham stick dipole for 40 meters.  I also had a Tak-tenna for 40 meters in the attic. It seemed better than the ham stick dipole, but not much better.

This was my ham shack as of January 2009. Drake twins (T4X transmitter; R4B receiver; R4A receiver (not shown); MS-4 speaker; D-104 microphone; Drake MN-2000 antenna tuner; Heil Classic microphone; Icom IC-756pro, MFJ-949E antenna tuner, Bencher paddle, and my old straight key. On top of the Drake tuner is the Icom SP-20 speaker and the Palstar WM150 SWR/WATT meter. The antennas consist of a half-wave 40 meter dipole  with about 16 feet on each side of the antenna at right angles to the rest of the antennas (in order to get it to fit) and a 20 meter coaxial dipole in the attic. 

First operating position of the Ham shack as of March 2009.  Icom IC-756pro; Icom SM-6 microphone; Ameritron ALS-600 solid state amplifier; Drake MN2000 antenna tuner; Bencher paddle; Icom SP-20 speaker; Palstar WM150 SWR/WATT meter. The antennas consist of a half-wave 40 meter dipole  with about 16 feet on each side of the antenna at right angles to the rest of the antennas (in order to get it to fit) and a 20 meter coaxial dipole, both in the attic. 

Second operating position March 2009: Drake twins, T4X transmitter; R4B receiver; R4A receiver; MS-4 speakers; MFJ- antenna tuner; Heil Classic microphone;  Old straight key.  The T4X and the R4A were in great shape when I got them. The R4B had some problems which were corrected by cleaning the switches and putting in one new tube.

This is our daughter April (K4AJH) making her first HF psk-31 contact from our station in Durham, NC (2009)

This is our son-in-law Jason (KF4TOV) making his first HF psk-31 contact at our station in Durham, NC (2009)

This was our ham shack in Bristol, Tn. (January 2010). When the blinds were open we had a great view of 4200 foot Holston mountain which is about 12 miles from our former QTH. 


This was my vintage station in Hardin, Ky. (July 2012). It consisted of a Drake T4X transmitter and R4B and R4A receivers with matching speakers and power supply.  I also used a straight key from my novice days and the mic is a Heil Classic. The tuner is an MFJ Deluxe Versa Tuner II. It is setting on a metal desk that dates back to the 1950's, 


This is the more modern station in Hardin, Ky. (July 2012).  It consists of an Icom IC-756pro with an Icom SM-6 microphone, SP-20 speaker and MFJ-4125 power supply; an Ameritron ALS-600 solid state amplifer which runs 600 watts and covers 10-160 meters; an Ameritron ARB-704 amp interface between the 756pro and the ALS-600; An Icom IC-740 HF tranceiver with an Icom SM-5 microphone and an old Yaesu speaker; A Palstar WM150 Directional RF Wattmeter and a Drake MN2000 Matching Network.  I also have a desktop computer built by my son-in-law Jason (KF4TOV) that I use for the digital modes with a Donner's interface.  The monitor is a 22 inch HP Flat-Panel. The antennas consist of an 6-80 meter windom and a 40 meter inverted vee for HF, and 3 element six meter and 11 element 2 meter beams for VHF.   

 

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THE RADIO AMATEUR'S CODE

The Radio Amateur is...

CONSIDERATE...never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL...offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED...radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

--The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.
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