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"Art Rideout"

The photo of me was taken in 1952 in Korea during the war.  I was in front of a SCR-299 which contained a BC-610 transmitter and BC-342 receiver.  In later years I became friends with Bob Samuelson who at Hallicrafters had designed the BC-610.

I was responsible for keeping the radios working in the squadrons P-51 aircraft.  The P-51s were used in photo reconnaissance and were a poor choice, just one rifle bullet into the engine could bring one down which was all to often the case.  One of our pilots was shot down four times in three days.

I obtained both my amateur license and First Class Radiotelephone license in 1955.  I knew electronics well so there was no memorization involved.  The Extra Class license is easy to get.  Those with no experience often get one in just a few months, QST often congratulates children when they get one.  So when will I upgrade from Advanced?  I will when we have​ a new licensing structure one that reflects ones technical skills and contribution to Amateur Radio. 

Remember back before 1990 when the ARRL in all it's publications referenced 117/234 volts and showed the crow foot receptacle.  I was the one that told them there never was a standard 117/234 volts and the crow foot was obsolete by 20 years. Needless to say they were very very upset at the news.  Standard voltages started at 110/220 then during the war years to get more power delivered they moved it up to 115/230 then in the early 70s to 120/240.  I wrote several articles on power and the National Electrical Code which they were to embarrassed to publish but CQ did.  I gave the ARRL all the information on the different receptacles and plugs which they use today in all their publications.

Previous calls: K9ACO Belleville Illinois, W1KQG Framingham, Massachusetts.

A graduate of and an instructor in the Air Force Officers Radio Communications School at Scott AFB IL.

Registered Professional Engineer Massachusetts #21555 (inactive)

Past member Institute of Radio Engineers

At Harvard University I worked on the submarine program under the direction of Jack Pierce who was known as the "Father of Navigation" having designed the Loran Navigation System amongst others.   (http://www.jproc.ca/hyperbolic/omega.html). 

In the 1960s I was a Project Engineer with North American Aviation (Autonetics).  Of the six levels of management I was on the third level.  I was directly responsible for the success of their NADAR 8 program.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbtjPvlo5Qg) I was the youngest Project Engineer at Autonetics and the only one that was a college dropout. 

In 1989 I designed and built the first repeater for Fallbrook Ca.  My interest was to provide emergency communications should the need ever arise.  Just four years later the need did indeed arise with massive flooding in the local town of DeLuz knocking out all electrical power, telephone, and other utilities.  Because of the hilly terrain in DeLuz cell phones were useless and for six days my repeater was the only means of communication.  Those using my repeater were: RACES, the local fire and sheriffs department's, Red Cross, US Forestry Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  See QST March 1993.  

At the local Jr High School I was teaching electronics to kids wanting their Ham license and on April 6 1991 we used my repeater to contact Ken Cameron aboard the Spacecraft Atlantis.

I also designed numerous operating aids published by QST, CQ and 73 magazines.  One of my favorite designs was an LED SWR/Power Meter published in QST Jun 1996.

As my main station I use an FTdx 1200 transceiver, Yaesu MD-100A8X microphone, MFJ-986 antenna tuner, and a Ameritron AL-572 linear amplifier.  On the high frequencies I use a Cushcraft A4S.  I use a Carolina Windom on the other bands. I have several other rigs, amplifiers and accessories, and lots of good stuff from Bob Heil.

On AM I use a Viking Ranger, and a mint BC-348Q (1943).  My headphones are the ones I used on the flight line in 1952 during the Korean War to check aircraft radios.  Sadly many of those aircraft never made it back home.

For vintage SSB I use my Swan 350C which I purchased in 1968 from the factory in Oceanside CA

I am a member of AM International certificate number 63.

 

 

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