Radio

image of K4KO QSL cardI am Greg Tomerlin, live in middle Tennessee (Wilson County – EM66) and hold an Extra class amateur radio license. My call sign is K4KO. I was first licensed in the summer of 2001.

My interests include operating in contests, chasing DX on HF, using weak signal modes or chasing grids on VHF.   When the weather is good, I also like operating QRP portable, occasionally using our club call W4DIT (Cedar Forest QRP Group).

High Frequency: I finally worked Idaho on 160M and Alaska on 40M this winter (2007-08) so I now have all 50 states on 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160M, but I still lack five states on 15M (AR, DE, KY, MO and SC).  If you can help me fill in some of these holes, I would appreciate hearing from you.  For a sked on CW, PH or RTTY email me at kfourko@gmail.com

image of tower at K4KO on 27 August 2005I have my DXCC certificates for mixed, phone and CW, and also for 10M, 15M and 20M, but I have 1.3 metric tons of QSL cards to send if I ever plan on getting the 5BDXCC certificate.  That probably won’t happen.  My overall DXCC count stands at 285 entities with 258 on phone and 260 on CW (129 QRP)…. many, many holes to fill.

Very High & Ultra High Frequency: On 50 MHz I have 408 grids worked, 49 states confirmed (CQ Alaska) and 60 different DXCC entities.  On 144 MHz, I have 106 grids, 31 states and four DXCC entities worked.  Many of the VHF contacts were weak signal via meteor scatter or tropo and two of the DXCC on 144 MHz were via EME (RN6BN & ES6RQ).  Finally, in 2006 I briefly and temporarily added 432 MHz to the station and worked 27 grids and 12 states.

If you need confirmation of a QSO we’ve had, just send me your card direct (no return postage required) or via the bureau.  Your card gets mine.  For FISTS and stateside QSLs, I am good with the FISTS Bureau.  Also, I upload all QSOs to LoTW weekly.  If you need EM66, Wilson County or Tennessee for an award or goal, drop me an email at kfourko@gmail.com to set up a sked on 160M – 2M (no 60M).

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This is a photo of my station in the winter of 2007.  I use an Icom 756 Pro III for HF and 6M and an Elecraft K2 (built by WA2DKG, tu Jerry) for QRP fun.  Antennas are mounted on 70′ of Rohn 25G and include a Force-12 C3 for 10-20M (tu K4AL), an IAC double-bazooka and an IAC sloper for 75/80M (tu W4KW & W4SK) another home-brew sloping dipole for 40M, and a 5el M^2 yagi for 50MHz (agn tu K4AL).  I sold my VHF/UHF radio, but the antennas are still in the air and I hope to get back on at least 144MHz soon.  The weak signal stuff is a lot fun at 2M.  For logging I use LOGic and N1MM.


FISTS / CC / Silver Flying Pigs OCN K3 s/n K2 s/n
10584 / 1631 / 507 517 169 6763 6184
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Geratol / Director ARS SOC NAQCC Qrp Arci
2380 / 476 1435 555 506 12176


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