Little about me
My Callsign is AC4M my name is Craig Wallen.
I currently live north of Memphis, TN and I am from North East Tennessee
When I was young I had a passion for radio, I use to listen to shortwave , AM broadcasts and experiment with antennas, I did not know what I was doing, but I did learn a few things.
Later in life I went into the U.S. Army and became a radio operator or a 31C and also qualified for 31U as well, but in the army I learned a lot about radio and propagation and this is where I was introduced the first time to digital modes.
One unit I was in had a rig that had a 4ISB with ALE,Phone,ASCII,Land line over the air capabilites. Using the radio on the HF bands, we also used digital communications across satellites as well.
While in the Army , I met a Sgt.(can't remeber his call sign now) That was a ham operator, he showed me what I needed to study and where to take the test. So I did it and got my call the first time in 1996 in Clarksville, TN with a callsign of KF4HOU.
Around 2009 I decided to change my callsign to AC4M as a vanity call. A 1x2 or 2x1 callsigns are hard to get in the 4th call area, because the demand is high for these types of calls. But luckily out of about 20 people I won the lottery for vanity callsign.