Robert W. 'Bob' Beeman
Roswell, GA

QCWA # 46566
Chapter 49
K4BB - Robert W. 'Bob' Beeman

K4BB - Robert W. 'Bob' Beeman
Hi: I am Bob Beeman, K4BB, and I live in the Atlanta, GA suburban commity of Roswell, GA. I passed my first Amateur Radio exam in the 10th grade at Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1961. My Novice call was KN4NZL. Before I received my Novice ticket in the mail, I passed the General Class Amateur Exam at the Memphis, Tennessee Post Office. I was never on the air as a Novice. My first QSO was as K4NZL on six meter AM from the Central High School ham radio shack.

Since then, I lived in Houston, Texas where I passed my Amateur Extra Class Exam at the Houston, Texas downtown Post Office. While in Texas, I operated under the call of WB5NWF while keeping my K4NZL call active with our address in Tennessee.

I was bitten by the Vanity Call Sign bug when we were living in Roswell, GA in the early 1990's. My first vanity call was W4WU, and I was thrilled until the first time I used in on the local repeater. Just pronouncing W 4 W U was a verbal nightmare because I was pronouncing the W as "double-u". Try pronouncing this call quickly and inteligibly. It doesn't work.

I applied my sleuthing skills on the FCC web site, downloading their entire database (at that time). I applied for and recieved the call W4KD. I never used this call that much, because I had figured out that the call, K4BB, would become available later that year. I plotted, timed everything perfectly, and got it. I now had a call with my initials.

I have been a licensed Amateur Radio Operator for flfty-two years. OUCH! I gotta get busy and make some QSO's before the party is over.

Amateur Radio particulars are as follow:

North Fulton Amateur Radio League - President 2015 (NFARL.ORG)

Member Southeastern DX Club (SEDXC), Quarter Century Wireless Association, FISTS

Favorite Mode - CW
Rigs: Shack - Kenwood TS2000 / Mobile - Icom IC-7100

Antenna Systems:
Alpha Delta DX-CC 80-10 Parallel Dipole System
Cushcraft A3 Triband Beam
Cushcraft R6 40-10 Meter Vertical

Mobile Antennas: Hamsticks for 20 and 10 meters. Larson VHF/UHF for repeaters.

CW is preferred mode
SSB is fine for rag chewing
DStar is great except my DStar rig is in my car!

Achievements - DXCC CW, Phone, Mixed, A1 Operator

Web Site And Ham Radio Blog - k4bb.com

March 6, 2015