Licensed in 1957 at the age of 18 as KN0KEX. Although I had been interested in ham radio since the early 50's. My folks gave me a Hallicrafters S38C for Christmas 1955 and I became interested in SWLing. That along with some other young hams that encouraged me to get a license. It wasn't until May 1957 when a devastating tornado struck the Kansas City region and the radio club I belonged to became involved in the clean up, that motivated me to get my ticket. My electrical training began in high school, a 3 year electrical training program along with ham radio and I was on the way. During high school I worked at Hataway Electric, a local motor rewind/repair shop learning the art of motor re-winding which has been very helpful over the years.
1958 I went to work for Communications Accessories Co. A Div. of Collins Radio, many employees were members of the Lee's Summit Radio Club, A group of hams that enjoyed building and testing equipment for their stations.
In 1960 due to a company move I found work locally with Commercial Radio Monitoring Co. The company provided secondary frequency measurements for AM, FM & TV stations. The owner, Bob Wolfskill W0FSU now SK, encouraged additional education in electronics. Attending Central Electronics Institute, a 2 year engineering school, while working in the broadcasting industry along with amateur radio. What a great time, radio stuff 24/7 so to speak. During this time I also worked for the Lee's Summit Fire dept. as Dispatcher/fireman, a great experience in public service.
During the mid 60's I became interested in industrial sound systems and found work with Audio Communications in KC, Mo. This was a period of time when equalized sound systems were being designed and installed in churches, large auditoriums and arena's to provide quality audio coverage. It should be mentioned, several of the installers and service people were ham's.
Many of my ham friends worked for Trans World Airlines. In 1968 I joined the home town airlines for what was to be a 35 year career in a very exciting industry. Beginning at the main overhaul facility in KC in the instrument section where we repaired /calibrated aircraft electronic equipment from engine generator load control to flight indicating/control systems. In 1971 a transfer to TWA at Los Angeles airport "LAX" working the line on daily flight operations. After returning to KC in 1973 and working again at the Overhaul base in Facilities Maintenance Dept. In 2003 I retired from Trans World Airlines/ American Airlines after 35 years.
In 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the southeast costal area I became a member of the American Red Cross working with the local chapter communications team. In 2006 I attended training for operation of communications vehicle referred to as ECRV. The Emergency Communications Response Vehicle is complete with Satellite for internet, Public service and amateur radio communications. The ECRV teams travel to disasters to provide communications and computer support for RED CROSS service personal during the disaster recovery process.
In 2009 I discovered the SKCC Group "Straight Key Century Club" and joined in the fun of Morse code communications while meeting many friends across the country & world while learning CW methods. Since joining the SKCC I have developed a love affair with Morse code and encourage new operators to take a look at the CW mode and the fun to be had, The SKCC events along with QRP operation has opened up a new realm of operating for me. Check out what the group has to offer http://www.skccgroup.com
Thanks for looking, hope to hear you on the air soon
73/72 Rick SKCC 5220T NAQCC 3737 10-10 6691
ARRL EC Platte county http://www.kcnorthARES.org
Platte County Amateur Radio Group http://www.pcarg.org
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