Our Stories
Bill Weinhardt W9PPG
Dale Bredon W6BGK 
Bob McDonald W4DYF
Charlie Curle AD4F
Jim Franklin K4TMJ 
Elmer Harger N7EL
Byron Engen W4EBA
Hank Greeb N8XX
Gene Gertler, AD2I
Richard Schachter W6HII
Dick Bender W3SYY
Tom Webb W4YOK 
Ron D' Eau Claire AC7AC
Ron Baker WA6AZN
Sam Whitley K5SW 
Gary Borri K9DBR
Steve Jensen W6RHM
Jim Leighty W6UJX
Dan Girand W5ARB
Dan Bathker K6BLG
Bill Bell KN2CZZ 
George Marko K2DWL  
Kenny Cassidy WN2WNC
Rick Faust N2RF
Fred Jensen K6DGW
Alvin Burgland W6WJ
Paul Signorelli W0RW
Jim Brown W5ZIT
Bob Rolfness W7AVK
Paul Danzer N1II
Charlie Lofgren W6JJZ
Joe Montgomery W1DWJ
Dick Dabney K6BZZ
Ray Cadmus W0PFO
John Johnston W3BE
Dan Smith K6PRK
Dick Zalewski W7ZR
Bob Brown W4YFJ
L.B. Cebik W4RNL (sk) 
Carl Yaffey K8NU 
Gary Liljegren W4GAL 
 Paul Johnston W9PJ
Jack Burks K4CNW
Al Cammarata W3AWU
Gene Schonrock W6EAJ
Dave Germeyer W3BJG 
David Quagiana K2MTW
Dan Schobert W9MFG
Jack Schmidling K9ACT
Dan Marks ex-K6IQF
Matt Wheaton W1EMM 
1951 - 1955
1956 - 1960
1961 - 1965
1966 - 1970
1971 - 1975
1976 - 1980
1981 - 1990
1991 - 2000

Jim Franklin, K4TMJ
(formerly WN4TMJ, 1951)

Reading the Novice history article in the latest QCWA Journal sure brought back some memories. In the early Fall of 1951, one of my friends named Jim Harrell and I took the bus from Raleigh, NC to Winston-Salem, NC, to the Federal building there to take our Novice written and 5 WPM code tests. We both passed, and I was issued call sign WN4TMJ and my buddy got WN4TMV and we figured out that I got the "earlier" call because my last name started with F and his with H. We were both 15 years old at the time.

My first CW QSO on 3720 Kc was using my father's rig, de-tuned for Novice power output, which as I recall used a pair of 807s in the final amplifier. My father was W4FRH and had been a ham since the mid-thirties. I then built a 6L6 xmtr and rescued an RME-45 receiver to set up my own shack in my bedroom, using a dipole antenna strung from one corner of our house to a tall tree in the woods behind our house. This was a necessity since my father had built a VFO for his rig, and we Novices were restricted to crystals for frequency control. Besides, I wanted my own rig that I had put together. My friend Jim, WN4TMV, and I remained close for a while and helped another friend who lived out in the country south of Raleigh get his own Novice license as WN4UJI later in the year, but when my family moved from Raleigh to Greensboro, I lost track of him.

I was away from ham radio for many years, while I put in some 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, then after retiring from active duty, teaching Math and Computer Science for 15 years, but last year I got a Technician license in February as KE7KSH and then my General in April. I am now studying for upgrade to Extra class and just last weekend was in northern Arizona at a camp site helping out with field day with my one year old Yaesu FT-897 on battery power, working 20 meter phone. And I am also working on my CW receive speed, because I still like CW as much as I did in 1951-52. My current call sign K4TMJ is as close as I could get to my original novice call sign (without the N).

James Franklin, K4TMJ

Tucson, Arizona