Episode 039 - Don Keith - N4KC
Sputnik inspired Don’s ham radio journey
First License: Novice, WN4BDW, 1961, Age 13
Upgraded to General, WA4BDW
Upgraded to Extra, 1977, changed call to N4KC
Hometown: Springville, Alabama
Elmer: Walt Coleman, W4OXU. Walt led classes in Springville that created an enormous number of hams for a small town in Alabama.
First Rig: 807 transmitter, Hallicrafters SX-110 Receiver. Later added World Radio Labs Globe Scout Deluxe
Later Rig: Swan 700CX
University of Alabama, (BA), Broadcasting and Film
Carrier Current radio station - used by the University of Alabama to broadcast an AM signal to the dorms and other campus buildings. Very low power and limited signal to campus.
Kleinschmidt teletype - Kleinschmidt was one of the first inventors of teletype machines.
Birmingham Amateur Radio Club
Current Rig: Kenwood TS-590S, Ameritron 811 Amplifier
Favorite Operating Modes: CW, PSK31
N4KC’s Top Five Get-On-The-Air-Quickly Antennas article - Don likes to experiment with antenna design. Here is a reprint that originally appeared on the eHam webiste.
Don Keith, N4KC Websites:
USS Archerfish - Balao class attack submarine, best known for sinking the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano in November 1944.
USS Batfish - Muskogee, OK, WW2SUB
Capt William Anderson - Captain of the Nautilus submarine who made the first "transpolar" voyage under the North Pole ice.
Don’s ham radio book: RIDING THE SHORTWAVES:EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO
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Hallicrafters SX-110 Receiver
World Radio Labs Globe Scout Deluxe Transmitter
Kenwood TS-590S HF Transceiver