Amateur Radio N4KC -- Don Keith

Notice: Undefined variable: row_Page in /home/dribygn1pv7v/public_html/n4kc/index.php on line 106


I have enjoyed the hobby of amateur radio for over 50 years...since I was 13 years old...and have held the callsign N4KC since the mid-1970s. To me, it is almost the perfect hobby since it meshes so well with so many other avocations. And the hobby, for me, was partly responsible for a long career in broadcasting and advertising. This site is my attempt to help others learn about ham radio and sample its many facets. I hope the articles and links will encourage you to explore and learn, and maybe get hooked on the magical world of ham radio just as I did...a hobby now even more vibrant than ever!

Feel free to send me an email with questions or suggestions. And, as we say in ham radio, "73," which means, "Best regards!"

Click on tabs above to see info about the books I write, including several about amateur radio, or GO TO MY AUTHOR WEB SITE to see more.  There are also links above to amateur radio resources, reviews of gear, and a bunch of articles and fictional pieces that I have written about our wonderful hobby and how you can get the most from it. I encourage ham radio club newsletter editors or web content managers to reprint any of those articles. Please click on the "ARTICLES" tab above for details.


(The image at the top-right is of N4KC's former setup for Straight Key Night, an annual New Year's Eve event that pays homage to the early days of amateur radio.  Stations use vintage or unusual equipment for "ragchews" in Morse code.  That Morse key in the photo is a World War II vintage Lionel J-38 straight key that once belonged to my dad, WA4AZJ, now what we term a "Silent Key," a ham who is deceased.

To the left is a more recent station set-up: Kenwood TS-590S, Ameritron AL-811 amp, and MFJ-998 auto-tuner. The amp has now been replaced with an Ameritron AL-80B.)


Don Keith N4KC was the 2015 recipient of the American Radio Relay League's Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award.

40 Red Stick Road, Indian Springs Village, Alabama 35124 -- Shelby County -- Grid: EM63oh
Co-ordinates: 33.315662 N / 86.807244 W