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The Challenge from WD4LYV

Wayne WD4LYV

I am sharing information about the high tech amateur radio station God has Blessed me with. Hopefully I can encourage others with a disability to take up the hobby of amateur radio. No matter what your disability, amateur radio allows you the same capabilities as anyone.

I also hope to challenge amateur radio club groups to look around your area for non-active ham radio operators that only need help with antenna work, or connecting of equipment they already have.

I am Blessed with the ham operators and amateur radio clubs in my area. Now learn more details about the WD4LYV ham radio shack.


With a keen interest in electronics, I had always wanted to get an amateur radio license. I always allowed the learning of morse code to keep me from getting the license. It was in 1977 after being in the wheelchair a short while I decided I was going to get my amateur radio license. 

The end of September of 1977 I received my novice class license. I continued studying to upgrade my license, which I did during the next year to General. It was also in 77 after getting the amateur license that I bought my first computer. It was a Radio Shack Model I, the first home computer.

Through the next  years I continued learning about electronics and especially computers. In 1985, through amateur radio I became involved with a new mode called [ packet radio ], which was developing the sending of computer data by radio. I was involved and part of the first wireless network in Georgia and the Southeastern US. Being in the packet radio development I made friends in the Atlanta area. These friends were on the Internet with their work. The internet is where the packet radio development group exchanged their information. A friend in Atlanta set up his computer system, allowing me to get into the internet and receive the information being exchanged. Thanks to these friends in the amateur radio hobby, I received a head start on the internet as we know it today. I was online before the world wide web began to be developed.

In 1986 after I lost my Dad to a heart attack, I needed something to occupy some time. I started studying and upgraded my amateur radio license to Advanced and then Extra Class, the highest class license there is, which required 20 wpm morse code at that time. I must add that even with this license, I continue to learn daily.

I enjoy encouraging and helping others with a genuine interest in computers and electronics. I have been blessed with so many who helped me learn, and it is my desire to help others who want to learn also.

Being in a wheelchair, I cannot help with ham antenna projects, however I enjoy helping hams locate information needed for a project. As you view the above picture, take notice of the back scratcher in my hand. This is a vital tool for station operation. I use it to reach the keyboard and type information into the computers. I also use the onscreen keyboard in windows.

This station is working, a result of the hours of work by Bobby, KA4DPF who lives 20 miles away in Tifton. we spend time discussing and planning. Then Bobby sees the project is brought online once the equipment is ready to install. As I get my WD4LYV Shack pages built, there will be details on both our shacks and how they are in a Local Area Network  with full interaction with all computers, rotors, and radio's.

Here is a picture of my radio station today. The right display holds information for satellite tracking, and decoding rtty,  psk,  sstv, packet, and other digital modes in Amateur radio.
The picture on the right shows the second monitor which displays my radio control software and my logbook software for my amateur radio station. 

You can see the TS-2000 Kenwood transceiver in the middle shelf. It is just above the red morse code key and paddles sitting on the TS-440 Kenwood radio on the bottom shelf. 

On the top shelf under the round clock is a MFJ 1278 TNC for digital operating. There is a RASCAL sound card interface and 2 meter radio for communicating with the satellites that is not in the picture. 

On the extreme top shelf is one of 2 MFJ power supplies.  

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Latest addition to the station. Steppir 4 ele Yagi with the two 6 meter passive elements. This beam has a 32 ft boom and the longest element is 36 ft.

Above the Steppir is a Cushcraft 13b2 2 meter mounted vertical.

On top is a Hustler G7-144 omni at 65 ft.

Control of direction is a Yeasu G1000 rotor with a EZ-rotor computer card by Idiom Press. which gives me control with a mouse, thanks to the control software by N8LP Larry.

On our wish list there is a computer relay board to interface more of the station for computer control. N8LP at the link above has a great card proven in an RF  setting. I know God will touch individuals and groups to provide the funds to complete this part of the station.

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God has blessed with a church and several Christian friends helping with equipment for my Shack that will help me reach all areas of the world every day, based on RF propagation. 

I am praying and believing for other churches and individual Christians to help with this need for my world wide ministry. I have a friend in South Carolina helping me with the QSL cards I will send to people whom I talk with. The card has information about this web page and my www.comemeetjesus.com web pages. The QSL card has JESUS LOVES YOU at he bottom.

I pray you are Blessed in some way by my web pages. I appreciate you visiting the WD4LYV pages. If God has brought you to my web pages and you can help I look forward to hearing from you. You can simply mail a donation marked [radio ministry] to Wayne Harrell, 2716 Denham Rd, Sycamore, Ga. 31790. 

 You can send a donation through paypal , email me for info.

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