|Keith's Ham Radio||
"Paying It Forward"
|When my two
amateur radio "Elmers" (Jack Mitchell, AA8Q and Karl Thurber,
W8FX (now a Silent Key)) first took me under their "wings" when
I was a budding ham radio operator, both of them stressed the need for everyone
in our wonderful hobby to "pay it forward"...that is...to
continually look for ways to introduce or strengthen what we do as amateur radio
others both within and outside the hobby.
Each of my Elmers...in their own way... did exactly that. Jack was one of the key committee members of the large Dayton Hamvention for several years and then took a turn as the show's General Chairman for two of those years. Before his untimely death, Karl published a number of ham radio-related articles in a number of publications over his lifetime and, later, authored a monthly "Antennas and Accessories" column for many years for CQ Magazine.
Needless to say I, too, have strived to spend the better part of my 40+ years in the hobby trying to emulate my Elmers' excellent works. For example, I've taught a number of introductory ham radio classes and volunteered my time and talents as an accredited amateur radio license examiner in both the USA and Canada. I've also taken a turn as a volunteer Board of Directors Member, Executive Vice President and (later) President of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). I am currently serving AMSAT once again as its Corporate Treasurer.
Besides my work with AMSAT, I also write extensively about the amateur radio and, in particular, the amateur radio satellites. My features, columns and ham radio-related photos (aimed primarily at beginners on the "birds") have appeared in Monitoring Times Magazine, The Spectrum Monitor Magazine, The Canadian Amateur Magazine (TCA) and the AMSAT Journal. I also served as an editor for the most recent edition of the ARRL Satellite Handbook.
(Click on the thumbnail cover photos (and/or titles) shown below to read the feature article)
|Besides Monitoring Times and The Spectrum Monitor, many of my photos have also appeared in a number of other amateur radio-related publications published worldwide. These include The Radio Amateur's Handbook (USA), The ARRL Antenna Book (USA), The ARRL Satellite Anthology (USA), The ARRL Satellite Handbook (USA), QST Magazine (USA), CQ Magazine (USA), CQ VHF Magazine (USA), 73 Magazine (USA), The AMSAT Journal (USA), the AMSAT-UK Oscar News (Great Britain), The Canadian Amateur Magazine (Canada) and CQ Ham Radio (Japan). A group of my photos also appeared nationally in the United States on a segment of the Sci-Fi Television Network program Inside Space.|
|Over my many
years in Ham Radio (and particularly during my time in AMSAT as a BOD
member and officer) I've also been interviewed about that work by various
radio and other personalities both inside and outside of amateur radio. Shown via the links below are a few
of those interviews.
Randall's QSO Radio Show (International Short Wave) from the Dayton
Interview with Bob Allison (ARRL Laboratory Engineer) during the 2011 AMSAT Symposium:
Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show (International Short Wave) from the Dayton Hamvention 2013:
Part 1: http://www.tedrandall.com/media/podcat/dayton-2013-1.mp3 (Starts at 1:03:40 into the broadcast)