On The Cover: June 2008

James “Wheaty” Wiedemeier, KI4PSQ

On the Cover

James “Wheaty” Wiedemeier, KI4PSQ, of Nashville, Tennessee, operates Field Day with the Nashville Amateur Radio Club at Lock Two Park on the banks of the Cumberland River. James holds a General Class ticket and has been licensed for nearly two years. His main interests are public service and emergency communications, particularly working with Skywarn to observe and report on severe weather. James says he grew up on a farm outside Carroll, Iowa, and is the second-youngest of 14 children. He says he moved to Nashville in order to pursue a career in music, playing guitar, singing and, as he puts it, “trying to make it like everyone else in Nashville.”

The Nashville Amateur Radio Club, K4CPO, has been around since the 1930s and currently has about 60 members. It is a general-interest club, according to President Bob Malone, WB5ZDS, with a strong focus on public service. He says the club provides communications for many events throughout the year, including the “Trace Tribute” horseback ride along the Natchez Trace and a several walks and bike rides for multiple sclerosis, including the two-day, 150-mile “Jack and Back” bike ride from Nashville to the Jack Daniel’s whiskey distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee—and back again. That event reportedly raises a quarter of a million dollars each year to fight MS.

The club operates Field Day in the 2A class—drawing about 30 operators last year—from outside its clubhouse at Lock Two Park, the former site of one of many locks and dams built on the Cumberland in the 19th and early 20th centuries to promote river traffic. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)

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