Born Philipsburg, PA June 23 1936. Lived in PA until age 10. Started school in State College. Moved to Las Cruces, NM at age 10 and continued education there through a BSME in 1958 at what is now New Mexico State University.
Worked at Argonne National Laboratory for two years and moved to Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in NM in 1960. Left Los Alamos in August 1967 to work at the Air Force Special Weapons Center Vulnerability Group studying the effects of electromagnetic pulse on aircraft components. Terminated employment there to go to graduate school full time at University of New Mexico. After graduation we returned to Los Alamos to work in the nuclear weapon vulnerability area for several years. Served in the Army for 18 months to 1st Lt mostly at the Nevada Test Site doing underground nuclear test Marshmallow. Career at LANL involved doing more underground nuclear vulnerability tests. Later did solar energy work followed by fossil energy program manager and in 1986 became the Armor Program Manager for the Laboratory working very closely with DARPA in Washington, DC. Spent the rest of my working career at Los Alamos and retired from there in 1993. Have continued to consult in armor and high temperature materials since then.
Became interested in radio with CB in 1964. Spent much of my time doing antenna experiments for about three years. Then went to graduate school at UNM for about five years to get my PhD in Materials Science,and put radio interests aside. In 1976 I returned to radio and got a novice ticket in March. While I was waiting for the FCC to do its thing, I went to San Diego office of the FCC and took the test for Technician. Was assigned KA5BHQ. I worked the rest of year on upgrading and in November of 1976 went to Albuquerque and took the test from an FCC examiner and became an Advanced Class amateur with the call sign KB5RX.
For many years I served the State of New Mexico as a Search and Rescue coordinator making excellent use of my ham ticket. I also built and installed the first 220 MHz repeater in NM on 223.94 in the year 1978 and it is located on Pajarito Mountain outside of Los Alamos, NM . Later I added a 145.19 repeater at the same site. Both repeaters are solar powered. As I got older I gave away the .19 repeater to KD6CUC-Roger Osborn who lives in Jemez Springs, but I still have the 223.94 machine with my call sign.
My wife surprised me in 1998 on Valentines Day by getting her call sign at the same time that our daughter got hers. This makes four hams in a family of seven. Bob-KB5RX, Barbara-KB5ZSG, son Russell-KG0EO/YV5 near Caracas, and Dr.Kat-KB7TSR.
I currently operate on HF normally on the 17 m band and on the above repeaters.My latest interests are weak signal work on 144.2, 222.1, 432.1, and 1296. I am getting too old to work on antennas too high and have to rely on help to get them up. Sometimes I cannot get on the air because of lack of working antennas. Our son lives in Venezuela and now has a son-in-law who is a ham radio operator too so we occassionally get to talk to them when the bands are up and active. The grandson in law is YV6RSA.
Our other interests include camping, taking outdoor photographs for mural size prints, and skiing with family members in winter.Both of us are active participating in swimming, water aerobics, skiing, and outdoor activities. I received a kidney transplant at age 57 on March 27, 1996. Since then I have competed in many US and International Transplant Games in swimming events, bicycling, skiing and other sports. I have garnered 46 medals in all of this competition. I want to show the world that we who have been transplanted are back to living an almost normal life.
We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbara's email is BarbSkaggs@aol.com. She is currently rethinking her gmail address so I will not post it here yet.
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