My name is Ariel Jacala and my call sign is NY4G. I am a turbine engineer by profession. Amongst my many avocations is amateur radio. My QTH (location) is Tigerville, SC, home of North Greenville University in the upstate of SC, and nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. I was first licensed in February 2009 as a Radio Amateur, Technician Class with the call sign KJ4JGO. In February 2010, I upgraded to General Class with the vanity call KJ4REL. Later that year, I upgraded to Extra Class in April 2010 with the FCC issued call sign for Extra Class radio amateurs as AJ4YM. I then searched for a vanity call that was short, suitalble for CW work. I selected and won in a lottery the call sign NY4G in July 2010. This is somewhat ironic in that my interest in this hobby originated as a teenager in New York when I took a class in amateur radio in the Worlds Fair fairgrounds in Flushing. While taking the course, I built my first FM receiver. The interest became dormant for 30 plus years until I became interested again in 2008.
Shown above in the photo is my amateur radio shack that I kept between 2010 and 2012 time frame. My main radio at the time is the K2/100. My back up radios were the TS830S (my first HF rig).and the Yaesu FT897D - upper photo. My current remaining radios is comprised of an Elecraft KX3 and an Elecraft K2/100, my main and back-up HF rigs, respectively, as shown in the lower photo. I have recently added a Drake TR4C to the stable.
My main interests in this hobby are:
DXing: making contacts with other radio amateurs in other countries. I have worked 289 countries and confirmed 288.
Contesting: participating in various radio contests - trying to make as many contacts in a specified period. Sprints are rather short, 2 - 4 hours in length. Others can last 24-48 hours. A favorite of mine is Field Day, where radios are taken to the field, somewhere, and operated for 24 hours.
I also enjoy operating portable - and carry a rig and antenna with me at all times. My favorite for field trips is the K1.
Kit Building: I enjoy constructing transceivers and other radio related equipment. I have constructed several Electaft kits, a K2, a K1, KX1 and a KX3. I have also constructed a bunch of radio related accessories - dummy loads, watt meters, wide band noise generators, and even an HF 50 watt amplifier,
Antennas: I have constructed a Hex-beam, a ZS6BKW and EFHW dipoles. I have recently added a K9AY receive steerable receive antenna.
I have earned the following awards:
ARRL WAS - QRP-CW
ARRL WAS - Basic and CW, 40m, 20m
ARRL DXCC-QRP -101 confirmed out of 122
ARRL DXCC-Mixed 288 confirmed (280 in LOTW
ARRL DXCC - CW 275 confirmed
ARRL DXCC - Phone
ARRL 5 Band DXCC #8106
ARRL DXCC - 17m
ARRL DXCC - 12m
ARRL DXCC - 30m
Challenge Band Slots - 1178
CQ WPX Mixed Honor Roll (823)
CQ WPX CW Honor Roll (6721)
CQ WAZ #9247
CQ 5 Band WAZ #1928
NAQCC WAS 1 way-QRP
NAQCC WAS 2 way-QRP
NAQCC Friendship Award
NAQCC 1000 miles/ watt (33X)
"member spotlight" article in the July 2012 NAQCC Newsletter
2014 IARU HF Championship
2012 IARU HF Championship
2011 Rookie Roundup CW - 2nd Place W4
Field Day 2012 (WM4AA-NY4G) - 2B - second place
Field Day 2013 (WM4AA-NY4G( - 2B - 3rd place
The following are my amateur radio related club memberships.
Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society
Greer Amateur Radio Club
Greenville Amateur Radio Emergency Services
Flying Pigs QRP Club #2729
QRP ARCI #14518
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