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Saturday
Feb042012

Bill Pasternak - WA6ITF

President, Co-Founder

Bill's Personal Biography

Among many other things, I am the Producer/Writer of the weekly Amateur Radio Newsline ham radio bulletin service. I co-founded Newsline as the Westlink Radio Network (with Jim Hendershot WA6VQP) in 1976 and our first bulletin aired in 1977.

I learned that ham radio existed back when I was only age 13. I was interested in things electric and radio and hung around a television repair shop in Brooklyn, New York run by the late Warren Spindler, K2IXN. One day I walked in to find Warren talking into a microphone connected to an odd looking box. When Warren stopped talking the voice of a little girl answered him. Warren told me that they were talking over ham radio.

The young girls name was Barbara Sue Parks -- nickname "Babs" -- and only 10 years old. I do not remember her callsign but getting to say hello to her on Warrens radio changed my life forever. It would be another 5 years before I would get my first license. That was in 1959 in New York as WA2HVK.

I love the hands-on approach to ham radio and built my very first transmitter using parts salvaged from an old DuMont television set. It was a modification of a design by Bill Orr, W6SAI published in his famous Novice and Technician Handbook. A crystal controlled low power 6 meter AM transmitter that doubled in the final, was screen grid modulated and put out almost no output power. Even so, using only an indoor long-wire antenna, a deaf L&W Converter and Heathkit AR-2 receiver my first contact was into Orlando, Florida. Meeting Bill was one of the highlights of my ham radio career.

During the 60s and into the 70s I spent most of my ham radio life chasing DX on 6 meters with Larry Levy, WA2INM. Larry had a rather neat 40 watt AM station and 5 element Telrex Beam and if it could be heard, Larry could work it. So he and I went into competition with other great 6 meter AM DXers and contesters of that era.

I also learned to fly and operated aero-mobile from my friend Steven Crow, WA2CPX, AeroCommander 560 twin. Maybe you heard about the club we formed to run contests from 10,000' MSL above New Jersey. We were called the "Flying Amateur Radio Team".

In 1978 I was a part of the ham radio engineering team that built and installed the nations very first 15 Khz "split-split" 2 meter repeater. Its callsign was WA2ZWP and it was located atop the Williamsburg Bank Building in Brooklyn, New York.

Since then, I have written two best-selling technical books, authored the "Looking West" column for 73 Magazine for 22 years and served as Editor of the Westlink Report Newsletter for 11 years.  (At this time I am working on my first novel tentatively titled "Geeks" that is due out this fall.)

I have also written and published countless articles in Amateur Radio, hobby electronics and broadcast related periodicals; produced, co-produced and/or directed most ham radio films and video's released by ARRL or AMSAT since 1980. I am very much indebted to my mentors Dave Bell, W6AQ; Alan Kaul, W6RCL and the late Roy Neal, K6DUE, for having the time and patience to teach me the production side of the television production business. 

Currently I write the "VHF, FM and Repeater" column for Worldradio Magazine, produce Amateur Radio Newsline(tm), write the e-zine colum titled "Other Side of the Control Room Glass" for the very popular HalEisner.com broadcast industry website and administer Newslines "Young Ham of the Year"award program that I created in 1986.

I hold membership in the American Radio Relay League, the Quarter Century Wireless Association and the Radio Club of America.

Over the years I has received several awards in recognition of my contributions to the Amateur Radio Service. These include the DARA Special Achievement Award (1981), the ARRL Southwester Division Meritorious Service Award (1988), the DARA Radio Amateur of the Year (1989), the AMSAT Outstanding Contributions Award (1990), the ARRL National Certificate of Merit (1995) and the QCWA Hall of Fame Award (2005).

I am employed as a Broadcast Engineer with KTTV Fox 11 Television News and was awarded a local"Emmy" 1n 1984 in recognition of my contributions to the then "Channel 11 10 PM News." In the summer of 1996 we moved into a brand new studio located directly across the street from Henry Radio in Los Angeles. My work schedule is late afternoon through midnight. This is how I have the time to do many of the things I enjoy like my producing Newsline and authoring my monthly Worldradio column. 

I also serve as a Broadcast Consultant in the design and installation of digital and analog television post production facilities and as an independent educational/industrial film and video producer and writer.

About my family

My wife Sharon and I went to Alaska in September 1996 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Sharon became a ham right after the FCC enacted the no-code Technician license. She was in Gordon West, WB6NOA Radio School first Codefree Technician class and graduated with honors. Her call sign is KB6EPW.

Sharons favorite past time is collecting old toys. Like most collectors she also buys and sells.

She also likes to visit places devoted to science and space such as Spacecamp in Huntsville.

While we have no children of our own, we were blessed with a lovely foster daughter named Kelly. Some of you may remember Kelly Howard, N6PNY, as one of two teen co-hosts of the ARRL video The New World of Amateur Radio.

In 1990 she met and married Steven Lenhert. They have four children:  Michael, Aimee, Amber and Matthew.

Other interests

In addition to ham radio, my other interests are travel, live musical theater, cycling, swimming, aviation and photography. I'm lucky to live in Southern California. During the spring, summer and early fall I try to spend at least an hour a day swimming and another half hour a day riding my old Sears Free Spirit bike around the neighborhood.  I also enjoy sitting in a Jacuzzi talking ham radio with my friend and writing partner Dave Booth, KC6WFS.

I started in photography when I was 9 using a Kodak Brownie Flash Six-Twenty box camera. I went through several others like the Brownie Hawkeye, Argoflex, etc before getting my first real camera in 1957 a Ricohflex 2 1/4 x 2 1/4. I graduated down to 35 MM with an Argus C-3, Kowa E-35 and then to a used Nikon F2 Photomic in the early 1960s. I sold that to go back into 2 1/4 but found it had become very expensive. So I purchased a Pracktika LTL, followed by a Sears branded Pentex Spotmatic, a Minolta MD system and finally the Canon EOS system that I still use. The Canon EOS is in my opinion the best 35mm film SLR available today.  I also have several autofocus point and shoot 35 mm cameras. My all time favorite is the tiny Olympus Stylus that lives in my pocket. (I also have a Canon A-70 digital point and shoiot, but I still shoot a lot more film than digital.)

Yes, I do speak at hamfests and conventions

As time permits, I am available as a speaker on a variety of subjects. These include talks and/or seminars on FM and Repeaters, Repeater Coordination and Bandplanning, How Hams Should Deal With The Broadcast Media, Getting Youngsters Into Amateur Radio, The Young Ham of the Year Award Program and several other topics. I do not charge any honorarium but I do request that all of my expenses be covered. Please contact me directly for more information.

 

 

Callsign WA6ITF
E-Mail wa6itf@arnewsline.org

Saturday
Feb042012

Brian Mileshosky - N5ZGT

YHOTY Committee - Member

Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT has always been active somewhere from 80 meters through 10-GHz, involved in many activities including DXing, contesting, transmitter hunting (radio direction finding), and more. I am a life member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and proudly serve its members as Director of the Rocky Mountain Division (www.RockyMountainDivision.org) which is composed of the Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming sections. I'm also an active member of the Albuquerque DX Association, and trustee of Sandia National Laboratories Amateur Radio Club W5MPZ, first chartered in 1947.

Past involvement includes: Board member and officer of the Upper Rio FM Society; board member of the Albuquerque Amateur Radio Club; board member of the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest; chairman of the 2011 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention in Taos, New Mexico; founder of the New Mexico Packet Radio Society which existed when packet was in its heyday; staff of the first amateur radio direction finding (ARDF) Championships in the United States (2001); staff of K2BSA at the 2001 National Scout Jamboree; and station manager/coordinator of K2BSA at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

I was first licensed in 1992 when I was 12 years old, and ham radio is, without any doubt, just as fun now as it was then. See you on the air!

 

Callsign N5ZGT
E-Mail n5zgt@arrl.org

Saturday
Feb042012

Bruce Tennant - K6PZW

Reporter

Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, is part of the Los Angeles based Amateur Radio Newsline staff. In addition to reporting for us, he also volunteers his time to work in the Queen Mary Wireless Room every third Saturday from 0800 to 1200 Pacific Time (1600-2000 UTC). (Monitor 50.125 SSB and 144.200 SSB on those occasions. Echolink connections also available during QM shifts; E-mail him for specific contact arrangements).

Callsign K6PZW
E-Mail K6PZW@yahoo.com

Saturday
Feb042012

Burt Hicks - WB6MQV

Anchor Desk, Reporter

Burt Hicks began his broadcast career with Armed Forces Radio and Television. While stationed on Guam he had his own daly program as well as preparing and presenting news reports for the station. After returning stateside and leaving the military, he transfered his interests to the technical side of broadcasting, serving as a maintenance engineer, television cameraman. For the past decade as a technical Director with KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

Callsign WB6MQV
E-Mail burthicks@gmail.com

Saturday
Feb042012

Cassandra Morgan - KG4FNI

YHOTY Reunion Planning

Callsign KG4FNI
E-Mail
Saturday
Feb042012

Cathy Wright - WA0KDC

Reporter

Cathy Anno, KB0FDU, aka "the reporter at the end of the Yellow Brick Road" is a former staff announcer at KNZA-FM in her hometown of Hiawatha Kansas. In addition to reporting for ARNewsline, Cathy is a licensed cosmetologist in her resident state of Nebraska and the mother of three.

Callsign KB0FDU
E-Mail
Saturday
Feb042012

David Black - KB4KCH

Vice President

David Black, KB4KCH, is a General Partner of
First Frame Video in Birmingham, Alabama, and
is a 20-year veteran of the broadcast television
industry.

Prior to starting First Frame Video, David worked
as a television news reporter and weather anchor
at WVTM, the NBC affiliate serving Birmingham,
Alabama. David also has extensive radio and
television experience while working in broadcasting
in Texas.

David is active in amateur radio Skywarn and
emergency communications.  He is past President
of the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club and is one
of the founders of ALERT (www.alert-alabama.org),
an organization of radio amateurs specializing in
Skywarn communications to assist the National
Weather Service in Birmingham.

Callsign KB4KCH
E-Mail david@davidblack.us

Saturday
Feb042012

Don Wilbanks - AE5DW

Anchor Desk
Don Wilbanks, AE5DW is a native of Shawnee Oklahoma. He was first licensed in 1995 as a no-code Tech and currently holds an Amateur Extra class ticket.
Don is a member of the ARRL and the Pearl River County (Mississippi) ARC. Don is a 2-term past-president of the Westside Amateur Radio Club, the oldest continuously operating ham club in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. Don is a reporter and anchor for Amateur Radio Newsline and an ARRL Volunteer Examiner.
Radio has been a major part of Don's life. In 1970, at the age of 10, he informed his parents that he would one day be the voice coming out of the speaker. At 15 he began studying for his ham license, but girls and cars soon became more alluring than Morse Code and theory. It was 20 years later that he finally became a ham. Don was swept up by the CB craze in the early '70s and right out of high school he got his first broadcasting job at the hometown AM station, 1450 KGFF. From there it was off to Oklahoma City and 50,000 watt 1520 KOMA’s overnight shift on that massive AM signal heard literally around the world, then as the afternoon jock on 640 WWLS in Norman, OK. He then found his way to New Orleans and various radio jobs at WQUE AM & FM, WRNO FM (simulcast with WRNO Worldwide shortwave), WNOE AM & FM, WEZB B-97 FM, WLTS FM and then to mornings as a member of the KOOL Wake Up Club at oldies WTKL Kool 95.7 FM. Don was also a traffic reporter for several New Orleans radio and television stations with MetroScan Traffic Network and, following Hurricane Katrina, Production Director for the four Clear Channel owned radio stations in Biloxi, Mississippi. While Production Director at WLTS/WTKL Don produced two Addy Award winning radio commercials. Currently Don is one half of the 2-person production department at the 7 station Clear Channel New Orleans cluster and does freelance voiceover and radio production from his home studio.
In between radio jobs Don wandered down various career paths including retail pipe and tobacco store management and completed training as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Married to Dawn since 1984, they adopted their son, Tyler Michael, who was born January 20, 2000. "T" keeps Mom and Dad very busy. The family also includes Amelia, a female Miniature Schnauzer and Ted, a male Shih Tzu/Chihuahua mix.
In his spare time Don likes to read and surf the internet. He also enjoys the occasional cigar, car shows, showing and driving the wheels off of his 1978 Trans Am “Smokey & the Bandit” musclecar and the family Jeep, travel and the outdoors. The family lived in Chalmette, Louisiana until Hurricane Katrina. Chalmette is a suburb of New Orleans located in St. Bernard Parish just 10 miles from the Mercedes Benz Superdome. St. Bernard Parish was one of the hardest hit areas. Every structure in the parish (county) was flooded with anywhere from a few inches to 20 feet of water. The family home was flooded with nearly 4 feet of water and crude oil from a refinery spill. They have permanently relocated to the family acreage in Picayune, Mississippi. They share the 10 acre property with Dawn's parents, her brother and his family, her uncle (KB5TQG), aunt and their family. It has become quite the family compound with more in-laws living on the adjacent 10 acre property, again all Katrina survivors.

Callsign AE5DW
E-Mail
Saturday
Feb042012

Frank Haas - KB4T

Anchor Desk, Reporter

Age 61/Ham nearly 47 yrs since age 14 - Born in NJ. FL resident since 1967.
Still working: RF Voice & Data Comm Systems Tech & Interference Investigator for large FL electric utility. Active on SSB/ESSB. Devoted to traditional CW sending methods.

Licensed since April 1965, I enjoy CW ragchewing and experimenting with High Fidelity SSB (some call it Enhanced SSB.)

I'm either ragchewing on 40M SSB (7150 +/- 20 kHz) or lurking the around the higher end of the CW subband on 40, 80 & 20 meters after 10 PM Eastern time any night of the week. I'm always looking for a good ragchew. I enjoy using bugs and straight keys. If lucky enough to get into a High Speed CW QSO (30-45 WPM) either a bug, electronic keyer or CW keyboard (or all three!!!) will be used.

As an RF Tech, I like to talk TECHAs an Interference Investigator, I'm happy to answer your questions about POWER LINE INTERFERENCE and other forms of RFI.

There are few things in life that are more satisfying than getting to know the operator at the other end of the QSO and creating a new friend in Ham Radio.

Since 2009, I've been a newsreader and occasional anchor for the AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE. Please support AR NEWSLINE by making a donation to this valuable ham radio news service at http://www.arnewsline.org. Listen to the program each week for the latest news in Ham Radio.

Since February 2006, I've been active in the Straight Key Century Club (http://www.skccgroup.com) and have expanded my collection of straight keys and bugs. One of the great pleasures of hamming for me is mastering these machines. My goal is to send code on a straight key that is as close to perfect as I can make it. I hope to be able to send nearly perfect CW on a bug at 35 to 40 WPM. I have a long way to go!

Another favorite aspect of the hobby is Mobile & Portable HF Operation. Getting out of the house, promoting ham radio and just having fun is what it's all about.

I travel around northeast Florida in my work van equipped with HF. I especially enjoy Mobile HF CW. My work brings me into contact with many hams in the region. Some of my best encounters have been with Hams for whom I have been able to resolve serious power line interference issues.

Radio has been and always will be my passion. Other interests include recumbent tricycling (mostly on paved trails) and aviation. I'm an Instrument rated Private Pilot but don't fly much anymore.

Home Rig: Flex Radio Systems Flex 5000A (E/SSB) or Icom IC-756ProIII (CW) or Icom IC-756ProII (Digital), Alpha 78 Amp (1500W), DXBlaster 40M Cage Antenna at 35 feet or PalStar BT1500A Balanced L Tuner & Ladder Line-fed Full Wave 80 Meter Loop Antenna (Rectangle shaped & height averages 30 feet.)

HF Rig Audio Rack includes: RE-27ND microphone, Symetrix 528e Voice Processor, TC Electronic DBMAX 5 band Level Maximizer/EQ/Limiter, Lexicon MPX550 Reverb. Output of the rack is fed directly to the Balanced Line input of the Flex or via a W2IHY iBox to the Balanced Modulator Direct Input on the rear of the Icom IC-756ProIII (when the Flex is offline.)

I use Ham Radio Deluxe for logging and basic rig control. For digital modes, I use a variety of programs but MIXW is my favorite.

Mobile Rig: IC7000, 100W HF, Hi-Q 4/80 screwdriver style antenna on 2004 Ford E250 Van. Operate Mobile HF CW almost exclusively using the Palm Radio Code Cube Keyer with integrated Mini-Paddle.

Ham Radio has provided so many satisfying moments in my life that I could never repay the debt I owe to this avocation. The world of joy, good friends, public service and technical involvement cannot be matched by any other pursuit.

My thanks to the many hams who have made the last 46 years so much fun!

73,

Frank N. Haas KB4T

ARRL Life Member -- more than 45 Years

A1-Operator, Rag Chewers Club

Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Assn, Life Member

SKCC 981T

FISTS 10283

SOCARS 3955

Flying Pigs 881

Adventure Radio Society 1862

SOC 706

QSONet (Ask me about this!!!)

Hamsphere (Ask me about this!!!)

AR Newsline Reader & Occasional Anchor

Callsign KB4T 
E-Mail kb4t@kb4t.us
Saturday
Feb042012

Fred Vobbe - W8HDU

Anchor Desk, Reporter

The DX Audio Service's Publisher and Editor is Fred Vobbe, W8HDU. Fred is a 25+ veteran in broadcasting, and has won numerous awards in the broadcasting and electronics field. He is the executive producer and editor for the DX Audio Service, and produces the DX Audio Service in the studios of Vobbe Communications. Vobbe Communications provides programming services to radio and television stations around the world. The company specializes in automated programming featuring adult contemporary and oldies programming. Fred's company also provides services such as voice mail, on telephone on hold programming, and corporate presentations. The original old studio in 1977 consisted of cart machines, reel to reel tape in 2-track and 4-track format, cassette formats. The new studio facilities are all digital, using computerized audio workstation editors, multitrack sound systems, digital networking, and studio interconnection devices. Fred is a Vice President and Chief Engineer for WLIO Television, an NBC television affiliate in Lima, Ohio. WLIO is the Number One most watched station in the United States. Be sure to visit their web page at WWW.WLIO.COM and check out Fred's Engineering Office. Fred is also an Assistant Director of the Allen County E.M.A. office, specializing in communications. In his radio career, he has enjoyed working with large multi-directional AM antenna arrays, like WLQV-1500 in Detroit, MI, which was nine towers with 50kW day, and twelve towers with 5kW night. Early in his career, he worked at WTUU in Toledo, which had a six tower array north of Toledo for daytime broadcasts, and six tower array south of Toledo for nighttime broadcasts. Fred also worked at WHND-560 / WMJC-94.7 in Detroit as an engineer. Before engineering, Fred worked in radio as an announcer at several medium market and large market stations in Eau Claire WI, Lapeer MI, Detroit MI, Toledo OH, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA., and with the William B. Tanner Company, which produced jingles, commercials, and production music for broadcast stations. Fred and Phil Wayne also collect Airchecks of radio stations, jingles, and popular Adult Contemporary and Oldies music. One of Fred's other hobbies is collecting music of Top Pop from the years 1954 to present. Fred is an active amateur radio operator, W8HDU, and trustee of the 443.625+, 145.370-, and 53.630- repeaters in Lima (pl-100), and operates on the HF bands in the CW mode. "I enjoy working on high power RF", said Fred, showing off an RCA BTA-1R3 which he rebuilt to new condition as a summer project. You can send E-Mail to Fred, regular mail to 706 Mackenzie Drive, Lima OH 45805-1835 USA

Callsign W8HDU
E-Mail W8HDU@WLIO.COM

Saturday
Feb042012

Graham Kemp - VK4BB

WIA News - Australia

Born at an early age, luckily his Parents knew his name straight away, and a very hygienic baby... sucked his thumb through a straw. The first known recording of Graham's voice exists hidden somewhere in his archives, recorded on his 2nd birthday on an 12 inch acetate disc .. a bit of a feat back in 1947. Radio.. both in front and behind the microphone has coursed through his veins all these years. Currently Program / Commercial Production Manager of the AM-FM 4TAB network he has worked as an announcer, manager, technician, in Brisbane commercial broadcasting since the early (very) 60's. Several years out in the mid 60's to partake in an all expenses paid trip to "the green". South Viet-Nam as a telecommunications technician with 101 Field Workshops and also commenced " Radio DJ Vietnam a low powered "un licensed" station relaying tapes sent over from commercial stations around Australia. A Past President of Brisbane Mid City Rotary Graham was awarded one of Rotary's highest honours, a Paul Harris Fellowship, some 3 years ago for his community work and the work in setting up the ROAR ( Rotarians of Amateur Radio) packet radio system which now links close on 100 active hams. He was also presented with the WIAQ Merit badge (#49) and Certificate at the 1998 Wireless Institute of Australia Queensland AGM for his work in setting up QNEWS. QNEWS being the audio and digital news service of the VK4 Division. Graham has 2 Adult Children is married to Sharon, and lives on a 5 acre "antenna farm" at Jimboomba... QG62me.

Callsign VK4BB
E-Mail qnews@wia.org.au




Saturday
Feb042012

Hap Holly - KC9RP

Special Projects

Hap Holly, KC9RP, founder, guiding light and moderator of the weekly amateur radio audio feature magazine known as RAIN - the Radio Amateur Information Network. From his home studio/ham shack in suburban Chicago, Hap produces his 12 to 17 minute weekly amateur radio program service, featuring timely interviews, thought-provoking commentaries from other hams, excerpts from Dayton Hamvention Forums and other items ofgeneral interest to the amateur community at large. Ham radio istraditionally an aural - as opposed to a visual - medium; we meet and recognize fellow hams primarily by voice, seldom seeing them in person. RAIN programming is also an aural medium, distributed to hundreds of repeaters across the country via the RAIN dial-up line, commercial satellite,(discontinued) Hap's subscription service on audio tape and on WA0RCR's weekly 160 meter informational broadcasts. Those repeater groups and others then replay the weekly RAIN tapes over their local repeater systems on their regular "net night" gatherings, permitting thousands of hams to hear Hap's offerings for that particular week. It's all done with volunteer help and - in the best of amateur traditions - without profit to anyone involved. Hap Holly makes it happen; he's an uncommonly intelligent and outgoing individual. Hap is also very aurally oriented and insists on quality in every way in his RAIN programming. He conducts most of the interviews, edits and engineers all of the program material, writes the scripts, duplicates and mails out the RAIN cassettes and archives and catalogs the RAIN library. It's all accomplished by touch and by ear...Hap is one of a number of non-sighted amateurs within our ranks, but you'd never know it. For Hap, blindness happened literally overnight...when he was only 7. Problems with his vision began when he was 4, but then he awoke one morning totally blind. The condition is untreatable, at least within current medical terms, but to Hap, it hasn't been a handicap. In fact, in talking to him over the years, most of his friends tend to forget his unusual challenges, because he does so much of what we all do, without mention of his visual impairment. Both of Hap's parents were blind, his father's resulting from a football accident in college and his mother's when she was around the age of 12. His father, nonetheless, was a successful building contractor and architect, formulating the plans he devised within his "mind's eye", then describing the details precisely to his secretary, who constructed balsa wood models. Then only by touch, Hap's dad would go over the "3-dimensional plans", incorporating additions or changes as needed. Hap's father was also a long time columnist for the Christian Science Monitor and was known world-wide for his "Ask a Builder" column, which he wrote from 1965 until his passing in 1984. He was a touch typist - as is Hap - and was able to generate his column by that method alone (before the days of computers, word processors and voice synthesizers). In 1988, a 420-page book was written about Hap's mother, depicting her struggle for independence from her New England industrialist father, her marriage to Hap's dad and the eventual challenges that two sightless parents encountered raising four sighted children - then Hap too became blind. That book, entitled "What Love Sees" and is being made into a made-for-TV movie this year, which will be shown on the CBS television network when completed.It will star Richard Thomas of the original "Walton's" series and Anna Beth Gish who played Pat Nixon in the widely acclaimed motion picture "Nixon" which also starred Anthony Hopkins. The TV movie, which is also entitled "What Love Sees", primarily takes place in the small southern California ranching town of Ramona (where much of it will be filmed) and reportedly will follow the Holly household up until shortly after the time that Hap's sight was lost, and the family was forced to move to a larger city - Escondido - to seek specialized educational opportunities for their youngest son. Be sure to watch for it this fall on television.( The movie aired in Sept., 1996 and again in June, 1999 on CBS; Lifetime aired it in Sept., 1999.) Hap's ham career began when he earned his Novice ticket in 1965, at the age of 14, receiving the call sign WN6UJH, while living in Escondido. He became a General - dropping the "N" in his call - a year later in 1966 and served as a phone-patch station and net control for the Westcars traffic net until 1970. Hap then headed off to Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and from 1970 to graduation in 1974, ran phone patches and kept radio schedules for his fellow students. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and soon found himself in the Chicago area, where he sought out world-class jazz accordionist Leon Sash, to pursue his other love, music. A year later, another love, Stephanie, became the center of Hap's attention and the two were married in August of 1976 after meeting the previous summer at the Roundup Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado, where Hap was a counselor. Hap taught a class in non-visual perception to the high school campers at the ranch, all of whom were sighted, but who learned to "see" in yet another way ...with Hap's patient guidance. Hap's wife, Stephanie - who is also sighted - received her ham ticket in 1986 and the call KA9WKD, after realizing how much ham radio, and the good it was able to accomplish, meant to Hap. In 1977, Hap picked up the "9-land" call of WD9GJQ and he and Stephanie moved into their comfortable home in Des Plaines, Illinois where he resumed his phone-patching and DXing activities with his now permanent antenna and station set-up. In 1981, Hap passed his Advanced class license exam and changed calls once more, this time to his current KC9RP call sign. Hap served as ham radio informational programming guru for the BEAR, the Broadcast Employees Amateur Repeater in suburban Chicago, from 1984 to 1989. Hap's weekly "net nights" became something of a legend in the Chicago area, sometimes attracting in excess of 100 check-ins, via simulcasts on five area repeaters. This stint led to Hap's forming RAIN - the Radio Amateur Information Network - and the weekly RAINReport dial-up, and the bi-monthly RAIN Journal tape (produced especially for the blind amateur). According to Hap, "My inspiration for producing weekly ham radio programming resulted from my 'need to know' . I faithfully listened to the weekly Newsline (formerly WestLink Radio) reports in the early 1980's on my local repeater. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Newsline's founder and producer, Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF for his encouragement and direction. RAIN is truly an offspring of Newsline. In recent years, Hap has written for Spec-Com Journal, Radio Scan Magazine and occasionally reports for Newsline but with a human interest focus, as opposed to a news-only approach As mentioned before, Hap's RAIN programming can now be heard on hundreds of ham repeaters across the nation,by telephone, (847) 827-RAIN. (and here on www.rainreport.com)Vern Jackson, WA0RCR continues to carry the RAIN Report on his 160 meter Gateway Radio News letter AM bulletin service from Wentzville, Missouri on 1.860Mhz, Saturday afternoon/evening. Hap is a common sight at the yearly Dayton Hamvention, taping a number of the forums with the help and cooperation of the Hamvention organizers. these forums are then incorporated throughout the year in Hap's RAINReports,making Dayton come alive for those of us who may not be able to attend personally. Hap is active on HF, VHF and The Internet, using both a Pc equipted with the JAWS speech screen reader program. He will be retiring his Versa-Braille II Plus terminal, which allows an accomplished Braille reader like Hap to access his Internet E-Mail with nearly the speed of a sighted user. He hopes to be mastering all RAIN audio digitally by summer. As a professional keyboardist, Hap's diverse repertoire of American music from the past 60 years has made him a popular choice in the Chicago area.Since 1975 Hap has been an active and honored member of theDes Plaines Lions Club and received the prestigious international Melvin Jones Fellowship plaque for his service to humanity. As a member of the Des Plaines Toastmasters since 1976, Hap has served as its president a number of times, and has twice served as an area governor. He and Stephanie are currently active with Des Plaines EMA. For Hap Holly, blindness has never been a disability, only a challenge that has served to "fine-tune" his other senses. If you have a friend or relative with a serious handicap or disability, and you've felt that amateur radio would be a worthwhile hobby for them to pursue, perhaps Hap's extra-ordinary story might be just the inspiration they would need to take the plunge. Hap would disagree with my choice of terms (extra-ordinary) since he considers his accomplishments no more than the expected effort required to achieve anything worthwhile...but then that's the sign of extra-ordinary people isn't it? Hap's RAIN Dialup can be accessedby calling: 1-847-827-RAIN (7246).

Callsign KC9RP
E-Mail hap@therainreport.com

 

 




Saturday
Feb042012

Henry Feinberg - K2SSQ

Anchor Desk, Reporter

Henry Feinberg, K2SSQ, describes himself as an interpreter of science and technology for the public. Best known as the person who made it possible for E.T. to "phone home," he created E.T.'s Communicator for Steven Spielberg's classic film. Feinberg designed exhibits and science demonstrations for Walt Disney's Epcot Center, Universal Studios theme parks in Florida and Los Angeles, and AT&T's InfoQuest Center in New York City. A noted education and museum consultant, his work can be seen in science museums around the world. He recently retired as National Exhibitions Manager for AT&T. As a writer-director, Feinberg received eighteen international film awards for his documentaries, including two coveted "Golden Eagle" awards. Earlier in his career he worked closely with Don Herbert, TV's "Mr. Wizard," devising innovative ways to demonstrate "the magic and mystery of science in everyday living." At AT&T Bell Laboratories, he produced several films and live presentations to explain leading-edge technology to audiences throughout the country. An inventor, writer, photographer and avid amateur radio operator, Feinberg lives in West Orange, NJ with his wife Debbie, their daughter Shari, and son Michael.

Callsign K2SSQ
E-Mail
Saturday
Feb042012

Jeff Clark - K8JAC

Anchor Desk

Callsign  K8JAC
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Saturday
Feb042012

Jeremy Boot - G4NJH

RSGB News - UK

Jeremy Boot, G4NJH runs "The G4NJH Pages" in the UK, updated monthly at http://www.innotts.co.uk/~asperges/ and various other interest pages too: Robert Burns, Guy Fawkes, St George and the Dragon and Wollaton Park (all from the same URL). He lives in Nottingham UK, which is in the E Midlands, 130 miles north of London. He writes articles on Internet and Amateur Radio for a UK Publication, Ham Radio Today. Every week the RSGB produces a News Bulletin for Radio Amateurs and Short Wave listeners. They are read live on Sundays (usually) by a team of readers throughout the UK on HF, VHF and above. The text is available on the RSGB Site. This service in Real Audio allows you to hear the news at any time and even to download the files for future use. Many countries including the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand as well as Europe and the UK take part or whole bulletins for retransmission on their own services. For the last 4 years he has been reading these bulletins in Real Audio which has made them more widely heard than before. There have even been extracts on HCJB from Ecuador! Feel free to re-broadcast outside the UK, but as a courtesy please email to let him know.

Callsign  G4NJH
E-Mail g4njh2@ntlworld.com
Saturday
Feb042012

Jim Damron - N8TMW

Anchor Desk

Jim Damron, N8TMW, is an ARRL Public Information Coordinator--WV Section; Member of Kanawha Amateur Radio Club and Net Manager of KARC Two Meter Net. Jim is a member and Net Control Operator of West Virginia Amateur Radio; Net Manager of Mountain State Emergency Net; Net Control Op for Hamtalk ARES/RACES Net; Member, W.Va. State Amateur Radio Council; Member, Tri County Ham Radio Club; Assistant EC of Kanawha County, WV; Official Emergency Station; President, Charleston WV Area Hamfest & Computer Show; Volunteer Examiner; Member of Royal Order of the Wouff Hong. Jim is a member Army MARS (call AAT3DQ). DXCC,CQDX,WAS and WAC Awards; Named "Kanawha Valley Amateur Radio Operator of the Year 2001". Named "West Virginia Outstanding Amateur of the Year 2000". Has operated an audio production business full time since 1990, after two and a half decades in radio broadcasting. Appears in radio and TV commercials, training videos, and film. Acting credits include the movie "Forrest Gump". Regular anchor on the weekly international ham radio "Newsline" program. Hobbies are walking, shooting, and ice skating.

Callsign N8TMW
E-Mail n8tmw@arrl.net
Saturday
Feb042012

Jim Davis - W2JKD

Anchor Desk

Jim Davis, W2JKD, a native of Buffalo, New York is currently Vice President, Clear Channel Broadcasting of Sarasota Florida. Davis is a second generation and life long broadcaster. Following in the footsteps of his mother who was a singer on WKBW/Buffalo, Davis began his career as an air personality in the Western New York area. He had a successful run at some of the nation's biggest radio stations; including WOR/FM/New York; KHJ/Los Angeles; CKLW/Detroit; WLS-AM/Chicago. While employed by RKO General Broadcasting, Davis was twice nominated for Billboard Magazine's "Major Market Air Personality Of The Year." Davis entered radio management in the early 1970's as Operations Manager of American Broadcasting Corporation's owned and operated Chicago outlet, WDAI-FM. During the next decade, Davis's programming career encompassed several major market management positions including WPEZ/Pittsburgh; WXYZ (ABC O&O)/Detroit; KLIF/Dallas and the flagship station of Gene Autry's Golden West Broadcasters, KMPC/Los Angeles. In 1981, Davis entered senior management by becoming Vice President/General Manager of Radio Station WVAF/Charleston, West Virginia. He served the National Radio Broadcasters Association as State Director; He was on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association. Davis received a Federal Appointment as State Chairman of the Emergency Broadcast System. He functioned as President of the Kanawha Valley Amateur Radio Association. In 1982,Additionally, Davis served as coordinator and host of the annual March of Dimes telethons on WVAH TV-23/Charleston where he also hosted a Saturday night weekly broadcast of "The Movie Club." Next, Davis became a partner in radio station WNFI/Daytona Beach, Florida where he was VP/General Manager. Following the sale, Davis remained with the corporation, functioning as interim GM for WCOA/WJLQ/Pennsacola and WPAP/Panama City, both Florida. In 1988, Davis joined Regional Broadcasters of Michigan as General Manager of WGRD AM/FM in Grand Rapids, Michigan. WGRD was voted as "Station of the Year" by the Grand Rapids Radio Broadcasters Association. Davis served as Vice President of that organization during his last year in Grand Rapids. During this time, Davis was appointed by President Warren Potash to a blue ribbon panel of the Radio Advertising Bureau to serve on its New Business Development committee. In early 1991, Jim Davis was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of Radio Station WZVU (Oldies 107.1) in Monmouth/Ocean, New Jersey, the nations 44th radio market. Davis returned to Floida upon the sale of WZVU and became General Manager of WFKS in Daytona Beach, the same station he co-owned in the 1980's. For four years, Davis acted as Vice President/Market Manager of WSRQ,WSPB,WCTQ,WAMR,WDDV and WSRZ in Sarasota Florida for Clear Channel Communications. Currenly, he is Vice President and General Manager for Vero Beach Broadcasters, LLC which operates a cluster of four FM's (WGYL, WGNX and WOSN) and an AM (WTTB). Davis has authored a book entitled "The Sales Success Spectrum-A System Of Radio Sales" which is used as a teaching and training manual at the stations. In his spare time, Davis is a licensed Multi Engine Commercial Instrument rated pilot and owner/operator of a twin engine Aero Commander. As a Civil Air Patrol member he participates and has been trained as a Search & Rescue pilot, looking for downed aircraft survivors. He has been an amateur radio operator since age twelve holding an "EXTRA" class license - His call letters are W2JKD.. He received a "designated examinor" status from the American Radio Relay League in 1985.

Callsign W2JKD
E-Mail jameskdavis@bellsouth.net

Saturday
Feb042012

Jim Hendershot - WA6VQP

Co-Founder

Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP, has been involved in the radio & wireless industry for over 25 years. He is currently president of Radio Design Group, the RF and wireless design and consulting firm which he started several years ago. Jim has been involved in the design of several products in wireless communications, including cellular phones, pagers, and spread spectrum devices. His spread spectrum experience includes voice and data applications, using both frequency hopping and direct sequence systems. Inventions and patents by Mr. Hendershot include disguise antennas, wireless ranging methods, radio based assisted listening devices, and wireless freeway callbox systems. Among his major clients are Hewlett-Packard, Timex, Toshiba, Telefunken Microelectronics (Temic/Siliconix), Motorola, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Mitsubishi. Mr. Hendershot is a well-known figure in the RF and wireless industry, frequently speaking at seminars and conventions related to a variety of topics, including paging, cellular communications, wireless data, spread spectrum and others. Mr. Hendershot has been published several times in various journals, including Mobile Radio Technology, Communications Magazine, Personal Communciations Technology, QST, and other publications. He is an active amateur radio operator, as well as a member of the Radio Club of America and other professional organizations.

Callsign WA6VQP
E-Mail jimh@radiodesign.com
Saturday
Feb042012

Jim Meachen - ZL2BHF

Reporter, Anchor Desk

 

Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF was first licensed in 1967. Jim is active on HF, VHF and UHF. A member of Upper Hutt Branch 63 of NZART since joining as a schoolboy in 1967, he served on the Branch Executive continuously from 1967-79. In 1972-74 he was Branch Secretary and in 1975-76 was Branch President. Jim is a Life Member of the Upper Hutt Branch.

Jim was the Upper Hutt AREC Section Leader during 1973-80. He was sub-editor of the AREC Column in Break-In from 1974-90 and was appointed Deputy to the OC AREC in February 1980, an office held until 1989. In 1980-92 he was AREC Secretary.
  
A member of NZART Council 1977-85 and again 1989-92, was elected by Council in 1991 to be the Vice-President. In April 1992 he became the Association’s President upon the resignation of the then President. Jim was the NZART President for five years to 1997.
    
Jim was involved with the establishment of the former Astral Towers premises of NZART HQ in Upper Hutt and was Chairman of the Headquarters Secretarial Committee 1982-92. He was made an Honorary Life Member of NZART in June 2000. He is the Editor /Presenter of the Association’s Official News Broadcast a role he has held and enjoyed for over 25 years. Jim was the founder Editor of NZART’s two weekly bulletins, HQ-Info-Line.
     
On leaving school in 1970, Jim joined the then NZBC and spent 10 years in the technical areas of television, then followed 15 years in Television Operations Management plus a further 15 years in TVNZ MCR Operations.
     
Now some 40+ years later, Jim has semi-retired and resides in Nelson the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand on NZ’s South Island.

 

Callsign ZL2BHF
E-Mail Jim.m@clear.net.nz
Saturday
Feb042012

Joe Eisenberg - K0NEB

Roy Neal Mentoring Project Database Manager

Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB is a software/hardware/database specialist in the Lincoln, NE area. He is also one of the most sought after speakers on the topic of ham radio home construction and kit building with his seminars bringing standing room only crowds.

Callsign K0NEB
E-Mail radiodx@alltel.net