Episode 061 - Phil Anderson - W0XI
Phil Anderson, WOXI, founded Kantronics in 1971 to build wiring harnesses for automobiles. The company morphed over time to become one of the premier manufacturers of terminal node controllers or TNCs for amateur packet radio. Now retired, Phil is as active as ever pursuing new avenues in ham radio. Phil joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this episode of QSO Today
Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas
First License: Novice, 1955, KNØHSB
Sputnik accelerated interest in math and science in the USA
Played violin and chello through college
Kantronics formed in 1971 by Phil and
Elmer: W0AR - Lee Berger, elmer in Kansas City and suggest the building of a CW code reader called “Field Day”.
Motorola 6502 processor
“The Interface” - first packet “TNC” or terminal node controller. Firmware was computer specific. Later evolution would allow ASCII terminal programs to allow all computers to talk to the TNC. First appeared at the Chicago Hamfest.
KPC-1 - “Kantronics Packet Controller”
Kantronics invented protocol GTor added Golay error correction to raise the baud rate.
G-TOR - or Golay-TOR, invented by Kantronics as a HF digital mode with a dramatically increased speed and reliability.
Auxillary Rig: Yaesu FT-450D
Favorite Operating Mode: CW, now on SSB
RufZ CW practice
SO2V - single operator two VFO operation
Xtal Set Society - Phil’s family business that supplies crystal set parts and kits for educational purposes. As a part of this Phil has designed all of the radio kits sold on the site.
CWT Contests and CW Operators Club - have a 1 hour contest every week.
Beverage Antenna - basics of how to build a Beverage antenna.
8 Day Contest Calendar
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Collins 75A4 Receiver
Commodore 64 Computer
Phil's Spider Crystal Set Kit