Episode 083 - Jim Kutsch - KY2D
Jim, KY2D. and Vegas
Jim Kutsch, KY2D, has enjoyed almost fifty years of amateur radio because a local ham club reached out to him as a teenager after a life altering accident. It was through this act of kindness and mentoring from the ham fraternity that started Jim's passion for amateur radio leading to a successful career as a computer scientist, professor, and CEO of a remarkable non-profit organization. He is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today.
Digging Deeper with Jim Kutsch, KY2D - CQ Magazine
Lafayette Tube Tester
First Elmer: John Echols, WA8RDX (SK) taught CW and theory over the phone leading to the Novice exam.
Hometown: Wheeling, West Virginia
First License: Novice, Dec 1967, WN8ZNH
Upgraded at FCC office in Pittsburgh, PA to WA8ZNH
Drake 2B Receiver
Allied Knightkit T-60 Transmitter
G2AF power amplifier
Hallicrafters HT37 Transmitter
Drake R4B Receiver
Drake T4XB Transmitter
Drake TR7 Transceiver
Crystal calibrator - for calibrating receive frequency band edges.
Developed the first talking computer for blind computer users - University of Illinois - mid 1970s. computer generated speech.
PABX System - office phone exchanges
Favorite operating modes: CW and SSB
Small board computers:
Now has: Elecraft KX3
The Seeing Eye - Jim is the CEO of this organization that raises and trains seeing eye dogs.
KY2D Packet Radio Gateway
TAPR - Tuscon Area Packet Radio worked with AD7I, Paul Newland
Usenet - precursor to the Internet
Stevie Wonder Accessibility Award
Kenwood TMV71A - dual band VHF/UHF mobile transceiver
VUCC - VHF/UHF Century Club
Jim is a “beta test junkie”
Tandem Bike “stoker” position
Advice to new or returning hams: “Push the state of the art”.
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Drake 2B Receiver
Allied Knight-kit T-60 Novice Transmitter
Drake TR-4C HF Transceiver
Kenwood TM-V71A VHF/UHF FM Transceiver