Episode 466 - Dave Sumner - K1ZZ
As I have my head down in the QSO Today Academy before its opening, I wanted to bring back the interesting interview that I had back in November of 2017 with Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, former CEO and General Manager of the ARRL. Dave retired in 2016 after 44 years with the league, beginning as an intern. Dave shares his ham radio outlook, operating practices, and reflections on his years in the ARRL headquarters and is my QSO Today.
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First Crystal Radio Set: Age 10
Voice of America
First License: 1962, Novice, age 13, KN1ZND
Extra Class upgrade: 1965.
Knight Kit T60 transmitter - with sweep tube final
Lafayette KT320 Receiver Kit
Favorite operating mode: CW
U.S. Army Signal Corps
Father became: NW7R
Elmer: Bud Ward, W1GEA, Trained returning WW2 and Korea GIs in radio and television repair
Sputnik - first orbital satellite launched by the Russians
Michigan State University, Political Science
W8SH Michigan State Amateur Radio Club
Collins S Line Station
Antenna inventory on QRZ of K1ZZ’s antenna farm
CW DX Contests on 160 through 10 meters.
10 Ghz Contest with XYL
SO2R - Single operator two radio contest operation
Dave's wife: Linda, KA1ZD
10 GHz Rig:
RSGB - Radio Society of Great Britain
Dane Evans, G3RPE - simple microwave equipment
Bob Hill, W1ARR
Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids
Moon Landing, July 20th, 1969
Episode 94 - Ellen White, W1YL
ARRL - American Radio Relay League
IARU - International Amateur Radio Union
Dick Baldwin, W1RU, GM ARRL
World Administrative Radio Conference, 1979
Rod Stafford, W6ROD - former ARRL President
Larry Price, W4RA - former ARRL President
ARRL on Spectrum Defense
IARU monitoring system - “intruder watch”
ARRL Heritage Museum
Excited most by:
Digital modes and application to science investigation.
Reverse Beacon Network
Advice to new or returning hams: Learn as much as you can.
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Knight-kit T60 Novice Transmitter
Lafayette KT-320 General Coverage Receiver
10 Ghz rig using Yaesu FT-817 as IF radio
Picture courtesy of Kevin Hobbs, VE3KH
Icom IC-7600 HF Transceiver