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Attention: KM4QZE is now KB4XT....new call sign, easier to say and understand.

Call me ......KEN..... for full name Kenneth

Home (QTH) Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama, USA

New Ham as of 9 Feb 2016...Always been interested....just took the leap, used "Ham Test Online" for studying and passed both Tech and General 30 Jan 2016 then Extra on 30 April 2016. New Call Sign KM4XT, 31 Dec 2016.

Member: ARRL and Wiregrass Amateur Radio Club, Dothan, AL, W4DHN.

Interests: HF DX, meeting other Hams around the world for now.

Station: Yaesu FT-991, Heil Pro Micro Headset, KIO Hexbeam (40 ft up), 40 M Delta-Loop, G5RV HF antenna, MFJ-993B tuner,  Diamond X-300A vertical for VHF, UHF, Samlex SEC-1235M power supply.

Mobile: Coming Yaesu FT-891, MFJ-993 Tuner, Hustler 40 and 20 M antennas. Equipment on hand, testing radio in shack.

QSL: Direct cards available USA only, no cost, SASE nice but not required. I log all contacts to QRZ, and periodically upload to LoTW.

Communication: Email welcomed.

------------------------------------------------------Hexbeam Antenna--------------------------------------------------------------------------

New KIO Hexbeam Antenna on 35 foot Rohn 25G Tower. 6 bands, 20 through 6 meters.

The climber is fellow club member Ed Winkler. A group of five club members let me help them install the tower and antenna.

-----------------------------------------------------------------Career--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Retired Aerospace Engineer: Last with Army test organization at Ft. Rucker, AL. Worked at NASA MSFC Huntsville, AL during Apollo Saturn program through early Space Shuttle.


Ken with grandson Will at Huntsville Space & Rocket Center (Wind Tunnel model tested by Ken at AEDC PWT 16T Wind Tunnel, Tullahoma, TN in 1968.


Apollo Saturn V Launch Vehicle at Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL Grandson Will in foreground.



NASA Photo of Apollo 11, Saturn V at Cape Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center, July 16, 1969 (I was there).

-------------------------------------------------------------Hobby, RC Airplanes----------------------------------------------------------


Ken with Aerobatic RC Airplane that he designed and built. Ken is a member of AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics). He designs, builds, & flies competition aerobatic airplanes.

----------------------------------------------------------Hobby Photography--------------------------------------------------------------

Amateur Photographer: Flicker Name: "Ken Blackwell"...with contacts all over the world.

----------------------------------------------------------Hobby Full Scale Flying---------------------------------------------------------


Ken's son David at age 11, Luscombe 8A
Ken is a licensed FAA Commercial, Instrument pilot, retired.

--------------------------------------------------------------Traveling by Land---------------------------------------------

Traveling (by land): Have traveled all over the USA and some of Canada dragging 26 foot travel trailer. Often take it to modeling contests and events.

---------------------------------------------------------------Family----------------------------------------------------------

Married, two sons and 5 grandchildren.


At Ken & Judy's 50th Anniversary, 2013.

-----------------------------------------------------Enterprise, Alabama, USA--------------------------------------------------------------

The City of Enterprise, raised a statue to the boll weevil at a time when the cotton crops were ruined by the boll weevil, causing the farmers to change to peanuts, which became a great money making crop. But, world economic conditions have made peanuts not profitable and now with new cotton and boll weevil eradication...the area farmers have gone back to cotton....smiling.


Boll Weevil...on Main Street, Enterprise, AL

 

 

 

 

 

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