My interest in how radio worked took off and it has been a lifelong interest and career. I received my first amateur radio license in 1954 and took electronics classes throughout high school. I was an electronic technician in the Navy and several jobs after college including Raytheon, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Varian Associates. I then taught Electronic Instrumentation and Automation as a faculty member at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA for 31 years before retiring in 1998. I was active as a radio ham all those years and am still active here in Floyd, Virginia on a regular basis.
See current operation of David KK4WW at N4USA and as J79USA Dominica.
David gives introduction to his Six Decades + as Amateur Radio Operator.
A Few Highlights
-Major DX Operation to Bangladesh in 1993 as Team member. Made 25,000 radio contacts
-Casual DX operation in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, China, Guyana, Dominica, Trinidad, Grenada, and Puerto Rico
-During the past 40 years I have developed one of the largest and most significant personal historical microcomputer collections in the world.
-During the 70s and early 80s I was part of a team that created over seventy books on the subject of computers and electronics-starting as Bugbooks and becoming the “Blacksburg Continuing Education Series”
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My 8.5 X 11 inch QSL Celebrating Six Decades + as Amateur Radio Operator
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Back of 8x10 KK4WW QSL
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In the early days (50s/60s) I enjoyed building ham equipment. My first kit was a Heathkit AT-1 Transmitter (25 Watts CW). In 1964 I built from scratch a 1 KW SSB mobile linier Amplifier using UA572 tubes; great signal. I still have this rig today.
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It has been an insanely great six decades
You can operate N4USA at Chantilly Farm & Campground in Floyd Viriginia "CLICK"
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Ham radio is still a lot of fun for me and we have 2 stations here in Floyd Virginia - At Home and Station N4USA at our Chantilly Farm. You will find me operating as KK4WW or N4USA( our license for Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service) FAIRS.
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"by David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector & Historian