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W4AKO - Dr. Arno J. Kosko , e-mail: arno.kosko@kcc-consultants.com

Hello Friends, below: Amateur Radio Station W4AKO, Marshall, Virginia

Fauquier County - Grid FM18 at.

Let us know if you like it. Look us up on WWW.3838club.net

Meet us every day -365 days a year at the "3838 Breakfast Club", at 3.838 MHz at o6:30 U.S. Eastern Time


Arno (Dr. "K") W4AKO



W4AKO/Mobile, each mobile has VHF and UHF capabilities, Jeep has two seperate radios with two seperate multi-band antennas.

Below, W4AKO Ham Shack in two different configurations, utilizing three computers with each computer having multiple monitors. Also a typical 3.838 MHz Breakfast Club Net- operation. Join us every morning 365 days / years on 3.838 MHz at 06:30 to 07:00 AM, Eastern Time. Look us up: WWW.3838club.net, the Fastest 30 Minutes in Amateur Radio, a lot of fun and educational and also amusing, be prepared! This is a controlled Net by call sign sequence.


Above: Arno and "Fausti," his new German Shepherd from Germany, operating.

Above: Arno - W4AKO - having fun! IC-7700 & IC-PW1 main HF station


W4AKO operating position including Davis weather station.

W4AKO QTH Orlean, Virginia, Summer time

W4AKO QTH Orlean, Virginia Autumn

Below -L-R: The three Musketeers: W4NHJ - Frank, KG4YLZ - Jim, W4AKO - Arno (with a broken hand - a long story)!

The Mosley PRO67-C-3 (138 Pounds) in the background ready to "go up."

TX-472MDP-Crank-up-motorized tower, lifted onto the foundation, (1210 lbs)


Above: Mosley PRO-67-C-3 being mounted to US Tower at 22 feet. Frank,

W4NHJ on top of the tower, left - 6m, 5 ele. beam and 13 ele. 2m beam on second tower

Above: US Tower TX-472MDP fully extended to 72 feet with Mosley PRO-67-C-3 beam antenna at 75 feet & Double Bazooka Inverted-V-for 75 & 80 meters with feed point at 70 feet.


Below: VLF Research on the U.S.N.S Eltanin above and below the Antarctic Circle.

Below: Amateur Radio Station on the U.S.N.S Eltanin, Arno - Operator, 1964

Below: Amatuer radio station at Byrd Station Antarctica with Arno (on right) as operator providing lots of phone patches. In 1963, there was NO cellular nor satellite service.

Antarctica Expedition:

Byrd Station Antarctica, 1962 - 1963 Winter-Over Party, performing radio propagation research for Stanford University under a Grant from the National Science Foundation.

Arno as KC4AAA/MM South of the Antarctic Circle (66.56083 degrees) and as CE0ZI/MM North of the Antarctic Circle performing VLF propagation research for Stanford University / National Science Foundation. Equipment: TMC- Great Station! (1964-1965)


Arno, as HS1AK, doing EWI research work in rainforest jungle in  Thailand related to jungle  communications in 1965 - 1968. 

Arno operating as HS4AK in Thailand 1965 - 1968. Also operating as net control station for Southeast Asia Net, (SEANET)

My other hobby, (no Radio on the horse), the horse is "Traumtaenzer" -Traumi

an Oldenburg German Stallion from Germany who passed away when he was 27 years old.

I showed him in Dressage and Grand Prix jumping. (1985-2008), Great horse.



Below: Arno's German Shepard Gussi. Arno likes to train German Shepherds to SCH3 (IPO) training level. An old hobby of his.


Below: Last, but certainly not least, "Father Moran." His amateur callsign, well known to many hams in the world, was "9N1MM." I had the pleasure and honor meeting him during one of my visits to Nepal. I had many QSOs with him when I was the South East Asia (SEANET) Net Control station in Thailand during 1965 - 68 as HS4AK. He certainly is a person to remember in God's faith, wisdom and goodness and is cited as : "Exemplary of the best of amateur ham radio operators and the ham communications code of behavior."


BIOGRAPHY- Dr. Arno J. Kosko


Arno has been an amateur radio operator since 1948, starting after WW2 in Germany. In fact, amateur radio has triggered Arno off to study telecommunications which became his lifetime profession till today.

Call signs included, “rare ones”: HS1AK, HS4AK, KC4USB, KC4AAA/MM, CE0ZI/MM, YI9AKO, and many others. Arno was active, (mostly overseas) After some time of “radio silence” due to professional commitments, he is back on the air since the early 2001 and very active on all HF bands with special interest in DX. He does like DX with a passion. Some of the OM’s may remember him when he was in the Antarctica KC4USB 1962-63 and later, KC4AAA/MM - CE0ZI/MM on the USNS ELTANIN, and also being SEA Net control (South-East Asia)as HS4AK - from 1965 till 1968). Arno loves to "Rag chew" especilly with German amateur radio stations in " German". He also loves to talk about "Radio Propagation".

His present operating equipment: IC-7700, IC-PW1, IC-706MKIIG, IC-V8000 VHF-transceivers (2),IC-T90A HH, FT-7800R - VHF & UHF transceiver, Kenwood TM-V71A VHF/UHF transceiver. US -Tower-TX-472MDP, Seven element - 7 band -Mosley PRO-67-C-3 at 75 feet, on a separate tower: m2-5 element 6 meter beam,13 element (horizontal) VHf beam, high gain co-liniar vertical on 2 meter & 70 cm, Double Bazooka inverted V- with apex at 70 feet on 75/80 meter, Heil PRO-40 Microphone, W2IHY-8 Band Audio Equalizer and EQplus. Arno utilizes extensively radio propagation sofware, calculations and forecasts to optimize all band conditions. Arno is also very active on VHF and UHF at base and mobile operations.

Recently,, Arno served in Baghdad, Iraq for the U.S. State Department.(2004 - 2005, and 2009 - 2010 where he was employed as the Senior Consultant for the US Department of State, Office of Communications within the Iraqi Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO), and also as a Team Leader - Provincial Program Manager for the Infrastructure and Essential Services. His mission in Iraq had been to manage the reconstruction of the Iraqi Telecommunication Infrastructure which included a nation-wide Advance First Responder Network (AFRN ) and other broadband telecommunications networks, coordinating the Iraqi Celluar implementation and activities., managing during his second mission the Infrastructure and Essential Services of the Babil Province in Iraq. Arno was injured in Iraq during his last mission in 2010 and returned to the U.S. but he has totally recovered and is ready for another "Mission".

Arno is the Founder, President & CEO of KCC-Consulting Inc. a Telecommunications Consulting Company, which he started in 1995. He has over 45 years experience in the electronic and telecommunications industry with emphasis in Broad Band Wireles Technology, Program Management and related Intelligence Telecommunication applications, First Responder Network requirements encompassing a wide range endeavors in the U.S. and international commercial, governmental and military sectors, including: Exploratory Research • Engineering • Program & Project Management, Business Development and Strategy • Marketing / Sales • Corporate Management • Electronic Warfare Intelligence (EWI).

Arno is a skilled spokesman for company and industry at large with particular emphasis in the Telecommunications Broadband WirelessTechnology. He has been an active member, Juror and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Wireless Communications Association International, (WCAI) Washington, D.C. a life member of the IEEE and former Chairman of Public Safety and Homeland Security within the WCAI organization.

During his studies at Stanford University under a grant from the National Science Foundation, Arno has spent one year in the Antarctica (Wintered - over at Byrd Station, 1962 - 1963) performing research in VLF radio propagation. ( See " MOUNT KOSKO ).

Arno was educated in Germany and the United States. His education encompasses degrees in: BSME, MSEE, Dr.-.Ing, EE, Ph.D. -Applied Atmospheric Physics and MBA in Business Law. He attended the Technical University Essen, Germany, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany and Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Arno is looking forward to contribute again to the Amateur Radio Community and work together with his “Old Hobby” of Amateur Radio operations and friends. Arno is a member of the Fauquier Amateur Radio Association (FARA) and ARRL and very active in Amateur Radio Emergency Service. His other life time hobby is the equestrian sport which he has and still is (but slightly slowed down), actively enjoying. In fact, Arno has competed in this sport on the international level. Also, he does like "German Shepherd Dogs", in fact he traines them up to SCH 3 (IPO) level, Arno is a member of "Schutzhund - USA & German Schaferhund Verband (SV).

Arno is living with his wife Astrid who is not a ham but a recognized "Master Quilter" , married for over 53 years, living at the Wheatley Estate, Forest Edge Farm (Horse Farm) near Orlean,Virginia for over 44 years. He mentioned there will be plenty of space to build and install any type of antennas, since  there are no more horses to trip overt the poles or wires.

As a final note, when Arno was in Vietnam during the war, he communicated with Astrid via "Ham Radio" (Arno had a Collins KWM-2 , a story by itself) via phone patch! Good old times! No cell phones nor satellites at that time! How time has changed. Nevertheless, "God Bless Amateur Radio" for ever and ever.

Hope to connect with you All.


Arno, W4AKO

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