As an amateur radio operator for over a decade, Bill Ngolf

The ham shack... well, part of it.

The ham shack… well, part of it.

4NJJ has accumulated a lot of experience in ham radio. Initially licensed at age 12, his first contact came a few weeks later in April 2005 (as a 13 year old) with Ross KB2TIN on 146.415 MHz. Since his first contact, Bill has been hooked by the allure of wireless communications and is greatly fascinated by the new digital protocols available for amateurs to use.

Bill N4NJJ has served as the Asst. Section Manager of the WNY ARRL Section. He currently is the Youth Coordinator for the Nevada ARRL Section. He has volunteered in everything from real life natural disasters to 5Ks to the Ride for Roswell. His work with amateur radio has led to collaboration between many government agencies as well as NGO’s.

In 2012, Bill was elected president of the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club (LARC). As president of LARC, he was able to start new and creative programming that increased club participation as well as membership and treasury.

Over the past eleven years, Bill has held several different calls. Initially, he was KC2NWU until October 2010. In October 2010, he became N4NJJ. He held that call until October 2015 when he became N2DOG. Bill switched back to N4NJJ in January 2016.

Bill is mostly active on the 70cm band. He owns two repeaters, and is working on setting up AllStar simplex nodes. Bill is fascinated by P25. He used to be pretty active on DMR, too.

Currently, he works as a professional musician in the Las Vegas area.


How long have you been a ham? I have been a ham for a little over eleven years now. I was licensed in March 2005.

What got you interested in ham radio? I was fascinated by making my FRS walkie-talkies talk further than just a few blocks. I also got interested because of the Hardy Boy series.
What was your first radio? My first radio, which I still have, was an Icom V8000.
Do you remember your first contact? Yes, my first contact was with Ross KB2TIN on 146.415 MHz. He was riding his bike along the Niagara River in Tonawanda, NY.
What’s your favorite part about ham radio? The people. The technology is fascinating, but it’s the people that really make and break ham radio. You can have a really cool mode, but if the people aren’t the best, why bother? Luckily, I’ve met a lot of great people in ham radio. 

What is your main transceiver that you’re using? Currently, my main transceiver is a Motorola APX 7000 handheld. 90% of my activity is on my own personal repeater. This allows me the opportunity to move throughout the house and operate while cooking or doing chores. 
Are you part of any clubs? I am still part of the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club. Beyond that, and my affiliation with the Old Fart Radio network, I am not currently part of any clubs.
What’s your favorite aspect of ham radio when it comes to radios? I love trying new radios. Who doesn’t?
What’s your favorite aspect of ham radio when it comes to the people you meet? I love hearing new stories. Meeting new people. Learning new things. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Bill enjoying the park bench way up in California's Sequoia National Forest.

Bill enjoying the park bench way up in California’s Sequoia National Forest.

Not on the radio? Not at work? Enjoying some golf.

Not on the radio? Not at work? Enjoying some golf.

Bill's first order of business as president of the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club? Get hams busy building stuff. J-pole build-it night in January 2013.

Bill’s first order of business as president of the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club? Get hams busy building stuff. J-pole build-it night in January 2013.