Roger was born 1960 in Watertown New York. His family moved to Palm Beach Gardens on the South East coast of Florida in 1966. He joined the U.S. Navy and was trained as an Electronic Technician in 1978. Retiring in September of 1994 as an Electronic Technician Chief. Following his career as a U.S. Navy Man, he moved to Ridley Park, Pa. to be with his Best Friend and Companion Miss Charlotte KA3TEJ (His wife “The Admiral”).
He blames his dad for giving him the desire to learn more about electronics! When he was a young lad his father, Jake Jordan, tried to convince him that he could not watch Star Trek because of the terrible strain it put on the television set! His dad explained, it had something to do with the angle of the radio waves and the stress on the electronic circuits because of it! His fate was sealed that fateful day Roger was watching Star trek and Lightning struck close by thus destroying the TV! Of course, his dad knew he was watching Star Trek, the TV blew up! Upon completion of his electronic schools, He put his dad to sleep trying to explain to him how it really works! This prompting Roger to pursue a teaching career along with his technology endeavors.
In 1982 Roger was awarded his Novice Amateur Radio License (KB4MHL). Roger upgraded to Extra and applied for his present vanity call, W4RFJ. His son, Roger Junior (JR) now holds his original call (KB4MHL) as a Technician.
There is an explanation for the name “Chief”. It seems like everywhere Roger goes everyone calls him “Chief”! Just ask the Admiral (Miss Charlotte), she will tell you it is the only name he answers to!
In July 2013, “Chief” Completed his BS in Information Technology, Cum Laude, at Kaplan University. He was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (18 years). Recently (Jan 2018), Roger requested and was placed in Retired Status with the Auxiliary.
An avid member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Too many years to count), W4RFJ has served in many positions of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)… Despite his present local inactivity in ARES, his dedication for Safety, Emergency Communications and Emergency Preparedness for Family, Friends and Neighbors is always a priority.
As everything changes around them, Roger and Charlotte are looking forward to calling Florida home again! They both feel confident that they are on the correct path to do just that! They are working hard to make sure all ties are broken to the north so that Gordon (KY6V) will not be able to blame them for the weather if his feet freeze when hitting the floor in the AM!