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Major Keith C. Baker, USAF (Ret.)
VA3KSF / VA3OB / KB1SF

Early and Air Force Years

Keith was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, and spent his early childhood years in Rochester, New Hampshire, USA.

After graduating from Spaulding High School, in Rochester, New Hampshire, he attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH) at Durham, New Hampshire.  Upon graduation from UNH, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force via the Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC). 

He then spent the next 20 years of his professional life as a US Air Force officer, primarily in the Comptroller field. During his career, he served in a number of important financial management and leadership assignments at a number of bases including Wright-Patterson, AFB Ohio; Sheppard AFB, Texas; Offutt AFB, Nebraska and Aviano, AB, Italy.

 
In the early 1980's, Keith supervised a staff of seven instructors who designed, developed and taught all basic and advanced officer and enlisted Cost and Management Analysis training for the Air Force. During this assignment, he had overall responsibility for new course development and maintenance, as well as personally teaching complex financial and business concepts to literally thousands of both US and allied military officers.

Over half of his Air Force career was spent at the Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he served in several key Comptroller positions. In these assignments, Keith successfully implemented emerging automated program network and project management concepts into a wide variety of ongoing aircraft development and modification efforts worth several billion dollars. This included a number of modification projects on the B-1 bomber and F-117 Stealth Fighter as well as KC-10 and KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft.

Soon after his retirement from the Air Force (after a full career) Keith founded KCB Associates, a highly diversified personal counseling, business consulting and corporate training company.  For over 13 years,  Keith and his staff of professionally trained consultants provided "helpful help" in the form of targeted training courses as well as "hands-on" consulting to numerous small to medium-sized companies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.  

Keith graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Sciences (Geology) from the University of New Hampshire and holds both a Master of Human Relations (Psychology) degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

He is a graduate of the Air Force's Cost and Management Analysis School, Comptroller Staff Officer School, Technical Instructor School, Professional Military Comptroller School, Squadron Officer School, and Air Command and Staff College. He is the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and was decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal three times for outstanding achievement.

Work With AMSAT                                 

Keith served for nearly 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors for AMSAT,  The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation.  AMSAT is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) educational and scientific corporation of over 3000 members based in Washington, DC.  Keith also served the corporation as it's Executive Vice President for several years before then taking a turn as AMSAT's President.  He now continues to serve the organization as its Treasurer.

Currently, AMSAT's ground and space-based corporate assets are worth well in excess of $200 Million. The US-based organization (along with like-named organizations around the world) has used predominantly donated resources and volunteer labor to build and launch over 80 Amateur Radio communications satellites into Earth orbit since 1961.  The organization also designed and built all the Amateur Radio equipment carried aboard NASA's Space Shuttle as well as the International Space Station.  This equipment has enabled countless school children from around the world to communicate directly with astronauts in Earth orbit via Amateur Radio.

Besides overseeing AMSAT's contribution to these two, very exciting educational programs, during his time as a senior elected official of the Corporation, Keith's "hands-on", expert leadership and oversight of an international team from over 14 nations also helped assure the funding, construction and successful launch of the largest and most expensive Amateur Radio satellite ever built...AMSAT's Phase 3-D. The satellite was later re-named AMSAT-OSCAR 40 once it was successfully launched in November, 2000.

Amateur (HAM) Radio Enthusiast  

Keith was first licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator in Ohio in 1976 and was issued the call sign WD8CMU. Since then, he has operated his station with a variety of subsequent call signs including KA5CCO (Texas), KC0YU (Nebraska), and IV3KBU (Italy). He was issued his present US call sign (KB1SF) in 1985 and currently holds the Extra (highest) Class license authorized by the US Federal Communications Commission.  Keith also holds the Basic, Morse Code and Advanced (highest) Amateur Radio qualifications authorized by Industry Canada.  He was issued his first Canadian call sign (VA3KSF) in 2004 and his second Canadian call sign (VA3OB) in 2013.  Keith is also a Past President of (and current Webmaster for) the Lambton County (Ontario, Canada) Radio Club.


Keith's modest Canadian Amateur Radio station consists of a single HF/VHF/UHF transceiver and antenna tuner.  He likes operating mostly CW (Morse Code) with less than 100 Watts of transmit power.  Occasionally, he'll power his station down to less than 5 Watts of transmit power for some real "light tackle" fun  or power it up with a small linear amplifier if he's attempting contacts with distant stations..  

His operating awards include Worked All Continents (via  both Morse Code and Voice), Worked All US States, and a DX (Distance) Century Club (DXCC) award endorsed for contacts with other Amateurs in over 275 different countries.  The basic DXCC is one of Amateur Radio's most prestigious operating awards, and is only given after submitting written proof of contacts with other Hams in at least 100 different countries.  


Keith in his Canadian "ham shack"

Keith's current "antenna farm" consists of an 80 foot  wire dipole in an "inverted V" configuration as well as two ground mounted aluminum vertical antennas (with 24 buried radials) for the short-wave bands.  

On the  VHF and UHF bands, Keith keeps in touch with his local Amateur Radio friends via the local  Ham Radio repeaters.  He also operates occasionally on the AMSAT satellites.

When he's not on the air, Keith donates his time as an Amateur Radio instructor and accredited volunteer examiner in both the USA and Canada.  Over the years, he has helped scores of newcomers obtain their very first Amateur Radio licenses.

More Information and photos of Keith's Ham Radio activities can be found on his Ham Radio Web Page at:

www.kb1sf.com


 

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