Updated December 21, 2018

My name is Ariel Jacala and my call sign is NY4G.   I am a retired turbine engineer.  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.

My main interests in this hobby are:

Summits on the Air (SOTA) - combining the love for the great outdoors and amateur radio

DXing:  making contacts with other radio amateurs in other countries.  I have worked and confirmed 312 DXCC entities.

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, keys, keyers, 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 bi-directional Beverage On Ground (BOGs) Receive Antennas.

I have earned the following awards:
ARRL WAS - Basic and CW, 80, 40m, 20m
ARRL DXCC-QRP -139 confirmed out of 182
ARRL DXCC-Mixed 312 confirmed
ARRL DXCC - CW 303 confirmed
ARRL DXCC - Phone 129 Confirmed
ARRL 5 Band DXCC #8106

ARRL DXCC - 160m
Challenge Band Slots - 1419

CQ WPX Mixed Honor Roll
CQ WPX CW Honor Roll
CQ WAZ #9247
CQ 5 Band WAZ #1928

NAQCC Friendship Award
NAQCC 1000 miles/ watt (33X)
"member spotlight" article in the July 2012 NAQCC Newsletter

SKCC Tribune
SKCC Centurion


2015 IARU HF Championship - Multi-Single 1st Place from Maritime Division as VY2/NY4G
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
Field Day 2017 - Field Day Chair 12th Nationwide, 1st SC in 2A as K4SV
DX Marathon 2016 - 5W Division 6th Place
DX Marathon 2017 - 160m Single Band - 7th Place

The following are my amateur radio related club memberships.

Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society
Greer Amateur Radio Club
SC DX Association
NAQCC Number 5308
FISTS 15355
SKCC 7288T
Flying Pigs QRP Club #2729
QRP ARCI #14518

Thanks for visiting and please sign my guestbook.


  1. Hi, Aerial. My name is Gil and I am KS4YX over in Seneca. I enjoyed reading your blog, and hope you will join the Swamp Fox group. It should be fun. I have a blog spot page as well. Check me out at
    73, Gil - KS4YX

  2. No hablo ingles, utilizo GOOGLE para traducir al español, y veo que compartimos la misma fe, ademas del hobby.
    No estoy, muy activo en radio, pertenezco a una iglesia pequeña, donde es necesario ocuparse de muchas actividades; mi deseo es que Dios les bendiga, a ti y familia, mi nombre de llamada es LU3HGP, Pedro.-