Member Spotlight – Erik McCord
Callsign: WX4ET Amateur Extra (US)
QTH: Kingsport, Tennessee (Kingsport was the site of a 1864 Civil War battle and is the largest cities of the Tri-Cities region).
When were you first licensed ? Licensed since 2010. Passing his Technician license in November 2010, Erik’s first call was KJ4ZIT. Just a few months later, he passed his General. Not content, Erik studied for and successfully earned the Amateur Extra license in February of 2013. Later that month Erik applied and was granted his current call, WX4ET. The ‘WX’ prefix reflects his interest in weather spotting.
How did you become interested in radio? Erik’s interest in radio and public service led him to volunteering as dispatcher and communications support for the rescue squad and fire department that he is a part. But his younger brother, Jason WX4XW deserves credit for his interest in amateur radio.
Erik serves as the District Coordinator for Northeast Tennessee District 7 SKYWARN. He is trained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in command communications and certified in Response and Incident Command Communications, ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-00700.a, IS-00800.b, & IS-00802.
WX4ET serves the amateur radio community as a Volunteer Examiner through the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) VEC, Western Carolina VEC (WCARS) and W4VEC-VEC.
When he is not giving to others, Erik enjoys actively participating in the Summits On The Air (SOTA) program, registered in association W4T. Combining his love of hiking and radio, WX4ET has setup on 28 summits and with 245 points has the 7th highest score in W4T. He has chased 980 activators totalling 5,193 points which puts him in 4th place in that category.
Transceivers and Antennas:
Home: ICOM IC-718, Yaesu FT-7900, MFJ-941E, Homebrew 80 meter dipole, & Bencher BY-2 Keyer.
Mobile: Yaesu FT-8900 & Comet SBB-5 antenna.
Portable: Yaesu FT-817 & homebrew 40 meter dipole
Modes: SSB, FM, AM, & CW
Erik says: “Thanks for letting me share with everyone about me and this wonderful hobby, amateur radio. Look me up on QRZ.com. I QSL via eQSL, LOTW, & Direct with SASE.
73 de WX4ET!”.
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