Ham Radio @ WB4IUY / AC4QD
Ham radio is a family affair at the Hockaday household.
My wife, Debbie, is a radio amateur with an Extra Class license and her call is AC4QD. My oldest son, Chris,
Both of my parents are hams, their names and calls are:
Florence KD4NYT. Radio Amateurs
are often called "Radio Hams", or simply "Hams".
I have been a radio amateur since I was 14 (mid-1974). I "cut my teeth" on tube gear, building from old ARRL Radio
Amateur's Handbooks and using scrap TV sets for parts. My first commercial receiver was a
Hallicrafters SX-42 that was
given to me in true "scrap box" condition. Looking back at my early stations, it's a wonder I actually ever made contact
with anyone! They were good days, though, and I learned much more about radio than if I had bought everything. I only
wish I had taken pictures of my old station equipment...
We've been members of
since 1991. The club was a very small club that was originally formed in 1989, and by '91 the
members had moved away, had other other interests, and was about to dissolve.
TEARA was based in my home town of Clayton at
the time, so I had an interest in trying to keep it from evaporating. Debbie and I threw ourselves into the club and got
things rolling again, and for many years, we were heavily involved in club operations. We held club offices, ran the nets,
built several repeaters, managed many special events, taught loads of classes at Johnston Tech and other locations, etc.
You can learn more about TEARA
and Amateur Radio by clicking the TEARA
logo on the right.
In 1992, Debbie and I founded the
TEARA VE TEAM.
At the time, there were no VE Teams in the immediate area, and we often
had 100+ applicants at the monthly test sessions. We recruited VE's from other areas to help, and in exchange, Debbie and
I would travel long distances to help with other groups with their test sessions. Over time, members of TEARA upgraded
and/or became Volunteer Examiners, and the
TEARA VE TEAM strengthened.
The TEARA VE TEAM is still
in operation today, and you can learn more about them by clicking the
TEARA VE TEAM
logo on the right.
Use the menu at the top of the page to see the ham radio content of this part of our website. If you have any questions about
anything, feel free to email me at
We hope you enjoy your visit with WB4IUY & AC4QD!