Episode 406 – Jerry Arnold – K9AF


Jerry Arnold, K9AF, is a long time commercial broadcaster and amateur radio operator, originally from Southern California, and now living in Terre Haute, Indiana.  While Jerry likes to operate CW, he also has a restored AM Broadcast transmitter on 160 meters to transmit that warm AM sound we like to hear.  K9AF and I discuss a whole range of ham radio topics in this QSO Today.


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Thermionic Antique Radio Repair,  Terre Haute, IN
Hometown:  Glendale, CA
First License: Novice, WN6MBP, 1969, Age 18
Upgrade: General, June 1970  WA6MBP
First Rig: 
Eico 720 Transmitter
Hammarlund HQ-110 Receiver
5 Band Worked All States
Home-made 40 and 20 Meter Vertical Antenna

Favorite operating mode: CW 

Current Rig: 
Kenwood TS-570 HF Transceiver
Gates BC 250 L AM Commercial Transmitter on 160 Meters
Swan 270 HF Transceiver
Ten-Tec 425 HF Amplifier
HF Transverters 160 to 40 Meters
Icom IC-T90A Multiband Portable Radio

California High School, Glendale, CA
Coin Collecting
Crescenta Valley Radio Club, Montrose, CA
Highschool Baseball
1938 RCA Floor Console Radio
Pittsburgh Pirates, Minor League Team
US Forest Service, Ranger
Glendale Junior College, Glendale, CA
Carrier Current Broadcasting
Pasadena City College, Full Broadcasting Department 
KPCC FM Station
Broadcast Band DXing 
Cal State Northridge
KIEV 870 Glendale Hotel
Hustler 4BTV 4- Band Vertical HF Antenna
1625 Vacuum Tube
KIBS AM Bishop, California
Disk Jockey
Dan Rather, CBS Radio
Kennedy Assasination
WILO Frankfort Indiana, News Director
John A Myers, Congressman
Edward R Murrow, Journalist
WAAC Radio, Terre Haute
Antique Radios and Phonograph Repair
Atwater Kent 20
Grebe Radio Company
10 Meter Remote Base Station
Indiana Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame 
Burma Shave, 1919, Minneapolis 

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: More people getting licenses, but cost keeps them from getting on the air.  We have dumbed down the license to get numbers. 

Excited most by: Ham radio is still here.  Can operate any evening and talk to someone. 

Advice to new or returning hams: Do not stagnate at the Technician level, upgrade!

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EICO 720 Novice Transmitter

Swan 270 HF Transceiver


Icom IC-T90A Dual Band Portable Transceiver

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