Keith's Ham Radio

About Me


 

My Biography

I was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, and I spent my early childhood years in Rochester, New Hampshire, USA.

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

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


In the early 1980s, I 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, I 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.  I also served on the Comptroller Staff at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and later performed a tour of duty as the Base Comptroller for Aviano Air Base in northern Italy. 

However, over half of my Air Force career was spent at the Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where I served in several key Comptroller positions. In these assignments, I 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 my retirement from the Air Force (after a full career) I founded KCB Associates, a highly diversified personal counseling, business consulting and corporate training company.  For nearly 25 years,  I and my staff of professionally trained consultants have 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.   

However, except for my ongoing (volunteer) work as the Treasurer of The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (more info below) along with an occasional (again volunteer!) balloon decorating job (see: Beautiful Balloons Design and Decor) assisting another (local) professional balloon artist, I'm now all but fully retired and am very much enjoying retired life.

I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Sciences (Geology) from the University of New Hampshire and I hold 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.

I'm also 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. I'm the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and was decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal three times for outstanding achievement.

I'm married to the former Kathryn (Kate) Galbraith of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.  Kate shares my interest in Amateur Radio and holds both the Canadian Basic (with Honours) call signs VA3OGF and VA3OE along with the US General Class call sign KB1OGF.  I have one daughter, Emily.  While retaining our US citizenship,  Emily and I became permanent residents of Canada in July, 2005 and we now share a home with Kate in the small town of Corunna, Ontario, Canada.  Emily recently completed a four year honors degree program at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) with a specialization in Anthropology.

 

 

My Work With AMSAT    
      

Throughout most of the 1990s, I served 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.  I also served the corporation as its Executive Vice President for several years before then taking a turn as AMSAT's President.  In January, 2010, I was once again asked to assist the organization as its Treasurer, an office I still hold.

Currently, AMSAT's ground and space-based corporate assets are worth well in excess of $2 Million. The organization and its predecessors has used predominantly donated resources and volunteer labor to build and launch over 60 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit since 1961. During my previous work as a senior elected official of the Corporation, I helped an international team from over 14 nations 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.

Right now, AMSAT is building another series of satellites (called Fox) the first of which (Fox-1A) was launched in October, 2015 via one of NASA's ELaNA (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) missions.  Fox-1A consists of a 1U "Cubesat" that is a direct replacement for AMSAT'S most popular satellite (AO-51) that has now ceased operation.  

Fox-1A was built in partnership with a number of University engineering students, again with the goal of increasing their learning with a "hands on" project.   

A proposal for a follow-on project (dubbed Fox-1B) was accepted by NASA for a second ELaNA launch that will include Fox-1A's flight spare and is a joint project with the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) at Vanderbilt University.  The official name of this project is "RadFXSat-1" and the ISDE payload is designed to advance the state of the art in understanding the effects of space radiation on electronic components in these small CubeSats.  As with Fox-1A, the satellite will also carry a ham radio FM transponder and we expect to be able to operate the FM transponder and the science payload simultaneously. Fox-1B is tentatively slated to fly sometime in 2017.

The third and fourth satellites in this series (Fox-1C and Fox-1D) are essentially copies of Fox-1A.  Fox-1C will also carry a Earth pointing camera built by Virginia Tech University.  These satellites are both slated to fly on a paid Space-X Falcon 9 launch, again, sometime in 2017.

Plans for a fifth Fox satellite, RADFxSat-2 (a.k.a Fox-1E) are also now coming together as, it too, has been selected for an ELaNA launch. This satellite will contain a so-called "linear" transponder for SSB and CW (Morse Code).  In addition to RADFxSat-2, the ELANA mission it is slated to fly with 12 other CubeSats constructed by both NASA and several universities around the United States.  The mission will be launched by Virgin Galactic on their Launcher One air launch system from Mojave, California sometime in late 2017. 

But, as you might guess, all of this orbital capability and mentoring doesn't come cheaply.  Even though AMSAT has obtained low-cost launches from NASA for Fox-1A, Fox 1-B and Fox-1E (and AMSAT's experimenters are also donating their time and talents to these projects) each of these Fox satellites will still cost AMSAT about $100,000 (each) just to build and test them.  Furthermore, to put Fox-1C and Fox-1D into orbit will cost AMSAT yet another $200,000 for that launch.  

Unfortunately, most of these funds will have to come directly from AMSAT's dwindling financial reserves.  So, anything that you can donate to the cause to keep Amateur Radio in space would be greatly appreciated.  

You can send your donations directly to AMSAT via their Online Store, or by calling the AMSAT-NA office.  Or,  you can donate online by using the very convenient PayPal donation button (shown at right) in the upper right-hand corner of their Web Site to do so.  AMSAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit US organization, so your donation should be tax deductible in the USA.  Many thanks for your support!

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