Episode 391 – Rod Fritz – WB9KMO


Rod Fritz, WB9KMO, is a fixer and builder, who is a pioneer in amateur television, amateur television repeaters in the UHF and microwave bands, and now the Amateur Television Network, a combination of amateur analog and digital television, over RF links and the Internet.  This network allows amateurs to share video, over amateur radio, Worldwide.  Rod, WB9KMO, discusses the details of this history in this episode of QSO Today.


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Hometown: Waupun, WI 

First License: 1971, Age 20 WN9KMO, Novice

QTH:  Mesa, Arizona

Amateur Television, The Original Social Network, presented at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club Youtube
Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club
Garage Sales
Hallicrafters SX-99 Receiver
EF Johnson Viking Transmitter
Vertical Antenna HF
Lightbulb Antenna
University of Wisconsin, Electrical Engineering
University of Wisconsin  Amateur Radio Club, W9YT
Majestic Floor Radio Vintage
Joe Rogan
Neil Young 
Soylent Green
Cherry Tomato
MP3 Audio Files
Android Cellphone
College Radio Station
Radio Station Chief Engineer
Carrier Current Transmitter 
Gates AM Broadcast Transmitter 500Watts
Television Repairman
Burroughs Corporation
Adding Machine Technician, Burroughs
Sharp EL-8 4 Function Calculator, 1971
Burroughs 5500 Computer
Disk Drive “Magnetics”
Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago
DJ and Broadcast Engineer
CPM Operating System
West Coast Computer Faire, 1980
S100 Bus
Apple II Computer
Alpha Micro
Kinkos, IslaVista 
Amateur Radio Facsimile
Model 19 Teletype
Amateur Radio Television
Slow Scan TV
Robot Slow Scan
P7 Phosphor Tube
Television Screen Raster
Amateur Radio Satellite Communications
Moonbounce or EME
RCA CMU15 Transmitter
KTYD Transmitter Site
Varactor Tripler
1N914 Varactor Tripler
Gordon West, WB6NOA
Hawaii ATV Beacon
ATN – Amateur Television Network
whereby.com/atm1, notifies Roland, KC6JPG
British Amateur Television Club
vMIX Live Streaming Software
EzCap Analog Capture Card
Peloton Bike
Mike Collis, WA6SVT
KCBS Broadcast Engineer Position
Amateur Mesh Networking Video
HSMM – High Speed Multimedia
Mumble Audio
BBHNBroad Band Ham Network
Ubiquiti Communications
Mesh Chat Application AREDN
Team Talk AREDN
Arizona Mesh Organization
Amateur Television Quest
Santa Barbara Hacker’s Space

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Hallicrafter SX-99 GC Receiver

EF Johnson Viking II Transmitter

Gates BC-250GY AM Transmitter

Sharp EL-8 4 Function Calculator, 1971

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