Episode 390 Michael Burnette, AF7KB, and Kerry Burnette, KC7YL


Michael Burnette, AF7KB, and his wife, Kerry Burnette, KC7YL, are both active in amateur radio, a board member and president, respectively of their local amateur radio club, and the creators of the Fast Track series of amateur radio licensing manuals, originally designed by Michael for Kerry.  As a result they are both on the fast track to amateur radio success.  They share their ham radio story in this QSO Today.


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The Fast Track To Your Ham Radio License
Fast Track Ham Radio YouTube Channel

Michael’s Hometown:  Fresno, California

Kerry’s Hometown: Spokane, Washington

Michael’s Ham Radio Mentor: Chris Byrd, KB7LCR

Kerry’s father was: Chief of Navigation, Submarines, US Navy

Michael’s father was: WW2 Submarine Radioman

Current Rigs: 
Kenwood, TM-D710GA Dual Band Transceiver, in the Truck
Icom IC-746 HF Transceiver
Buddipole Antenna

WW2 Secret Code Machines
Morse Code
Foxhole Radio in Superman Comic Book
Woodworking Hobby
Electric Substation
Summer School Electronics Course for Kids
5 Tube Superheterodyne Receiver
Heathkit DX-40 Transmitter
Heathkit HR-10 Receiver
Fresno State College, Radio, TV, and Drama
Carrier Current Transmitter to Dorms
Bill Drake, RKO 
KYNO Fresno
KMAK Fresno
Ron Jacobs, Radio Promoter Fresno
FM104 KJQY San Diego
Westinghouse Group W Stations
KMEO, Phoenix
Bend,  Oregon
Personal Development Movement
Werner Erhard
EST Personal Development
LifeSpring Internet Dating
University of Washington, Geology
University of Washington, Masters in Teaching 
The Fast Track To Understanding Radio Ratings, by Michael Burnette
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2008 Financial Crisis
Truck Driver Long Haul Occupation USA
JB Hunt Company
Genreal Class Amateur Radio License
Randy Stover, WA6UOD – Radio Station Chief Engineer in Fresno
Snohomish County Ham Club
Fluke Meters
Boeing Corporation
Mike and Key Club
Tacoma Amateur Radio Club
Marine AIS System
Maker Movement
Rube Goldberg Project
Snap Circuits

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: bad advice and negative comments from Facebook Hams. Students are not nearly as hands on as they used to be. 

Excited most by:  Kerry: Reinvigorating and energizing the club after lockdown.  Michael: we hams keep inventing real cool stuff like FT-8, FT-4, APRS.   

Advice to new or returning hams: join your local club.  All of the radio you learned in the past, still applies. Tap the educational resources of multiple sources. 

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Kenwood TM-D710GA VHF/UHF Transceiver

Icom IC-746 HF Transceiver

Heathkit DX-40 Transmitter

Heathkit HR-10B GC Receiver

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