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WA6IPD
Art Rideout
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WA6IPD
Ham Since 1955
United States

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Other Callsigns
Previous calls: K9ACO Belleville Illinois, W1KQG Framingham, Massachusetts.

My Ham Radio Interests

Equipment
As my main station, I use an IC-7300 transceiver, Icom SM-30 microphone, Ameritron AL-572 linear amplifier, MFJ-986 antenna tuner. On the high frequencies, I use a Cushcraft A4S. I use wire antennas on the other bands. I have several other rigs, amplifiers and accessories.

On AM I have a wide selection of old radios.

For vintage SSB I use my Swan 350C which I purchased in 1968 from the factory in Oceanside CA

Other Interests
I obtained both my amateur license and First Class Radiotelephone license in 1955.  I knew electronics well so there was no memorization involved.  The Extra Class license is easy to get.  Those with no experience often get one in just a few months, QST often congratulates children when they get one. In the November 2018 issue of QST p69 they congratulate a 9 year old child.  So when will I upgrade from Advanced?  I will when we have a new licensing structure one that reflects one's technical skills and contribution to Amateur Radio. 

A graduate of and an instructor in the Air Force Officers Radio Communications School at Scott AFB IL.
Registered Professional Engineer Massachusetts #21555 (inactive)
Past member Institute of Radio Engineers
I am a member of AM International certificate number 63.

In 1989 I designed and built the first repeater for Fallbrook Ca.  My interest was to provide emergency communications should the need ever arise.  Just four years later the need did indeed arise with massive flooding in the local town of DeLuz knocking out all electrical power, telephone, and other utilities.  Because of the hilly terrain in DeLuz cell phones were useless and for six days my repeater was the only means of communication.  Those using my repeater were: RACES, the local fire and sheriffs department's, Red Cross, US Forestry Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  See QST March 1993.  

I was one of the six original members of the Fallbrook Amateur Club which Jack Honts WD0DLW founded.  Others in attendance at the founding meeting were; Gene Field, WB6MSE, Harry Field W6LKC, Mable Field W6YZV and Frank Cassen N6AT.  In the clubs, website Frank Cassen is listed as a co-founder which is not true.  Frank helped in writing the history of the club so he falsely claimed credit.  

At the local Jr High School I was teaching electronics to kids wanting their Ham license and on April 6, 1991, we used my repeater to contact Ken Cameron aboard the Spacecraft Atlantis.

I also designed numerous operating aids published by QST, CQ and 73 magazines.  One of my favorite designs was an LED SWR/Power Meter published in QST Jun 1996.

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Callsign WA6IPD
Name Art Rideout
Country United States
License Class Advanced
Been a Ham Since 1955
Joined 05/05/2011
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Other/Previous Callsigns
PREVIOUS CALLS: K9ACO BELLEVILLE ILLINOIS, W1KQG FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.

My Equipment
As my main station, I use an IC-7300 transceiver, Icom SM-30 microphone, Ameritron AL-572 linear amplifier, MFJ-986 antenna tuner. On the high frequencies, I use a Cushcraft A4S. I use wire antennas on the other bands. I have several other rigs, amplifiers and accessories.

On AM I have a wide selection of old radios.

For vintage SSB I use my Swan 350C which I purchased in 1968 from the factory in Oceanside CA

Other Interests
I obtained both my amateur license and First Class Radiotelephone license in 1955.  I knew electronics well so there was no memorization involved.  The Extra Class license is easy to get.  Those with no experience often get one in just a few months, QST often congratulates children when they get one. In the November 2018 issue of QST p69 they congratulate a 9 year old child.  So when will I upgrade from Advanced?  I will when we have a new licensing structure one that reflects one's technical skills and contribution to Amateur Radio. 

A graduate of and an instructor in the Air Force Officers Radio Communications School at Scott AFB IL.
Registered Professional Engineer Massachusetts #21555 (inactive)
Past member Institute of Radio Engineers
I am a member of AM International certificate number 63.

In 1989 I designed and built the first repeater for Fallbrook Ca.  My interest was to provide emergency communications should the need ever arise.  Just four years later the need did indeed arise with massive flooding in the local town of DeLuz knocking out all electrical power, telephone, and other utilities.  Because of the hilly terrain in DeLuz cell phones were useless and for six days my repeater was the only means of communication.  Those using my repeater were: RACES, the local fire and sheriffs department's, Red Cross, US Forestry Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  See QST March 1993.  

I was one of the six original members of the Fallbrook Amateur Club which Jack Honts WD0DLW founded.  Others in attendance at the founding meeting were; Gene Field, WB6MSE, Harry Field W6LKC, Mable Field W6YZV and Frank Cassen N6AT.  In the clubs, website Frank Cassen is listed as a co-founder which is not true.  Frank helped in writing the history of the club so he falsely claimed credit.  

At the local Jr High School I was teaching electronics to kids wanting their Ham license and on April 6, 1991, we used my repeater to contact Ken Cameron aboard the Spacecraft Atlantis.

I also designed numerous operating aids published by QST, CQ and 73 magazines.  One of my favorite designs was an LED SWR/Power Meter published in QST Jun 1996.


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