Episode 409 – Frank Roman – KC8VKA


Frank Roman, KC8VKA, was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, enlisted in the Navy, and served in Vietnam. Frank is a successful business entrepreneur, now retired, who has continued to leverage his education and experience both professionally and in his pursuit of amateur radio. KC8VKA enjoys mentoring hams in Cleveland, Puerto Rico, and in Panama City, Florida in conjunction with the Panama City Amateur Radio Club.  Frank is my QSO Today.


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Hometowns: San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, later Cleveland, Ohio

First License:
  1962, Age 19, General

Second license:

Favorite operating mode:  SSB on 80 Meters at night

Current Rig: 
Kenwood TS-890 All Band Transceiver
Icom IC-705 All Mode QRP Transceiver 
Icom IC-7100 HF Transceiver
Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver

US Army Panama Canal Zone
Crystal Radio
Variable Capacitor
High Impedance Earphones
Sugarcane Fields, Puerto Rico
Ox Carts
Hopkins Airport, Cleveland, OH
American Melting Pot
Christmas Story, Film
Cleveland YMCA
Fuse Box
Basic Electronics Course, Community College
Red Wagon
Television Repair
Pawn Shop
Amateur Radio Handbook
Weller Soldering Gun
Simpson Multimeter
Industrial Electronics Course, Community College
G.I. Bill
National Radio and Television Correspondent Course
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Machine Shop
John F Kennedy Assassination
Nuclear Submarine
Navy Electronics Technician School
Machinist Mate School
Navy Ship Damage Control
USS Alan M Sumner Destroyer
Operation Sea Dragon, Vietnam War
Strait of Gibraltar
Mt. Vesuvius
Hallicrafter Company
Navy E5 Rank
Naval Heating and Air Conditioning School, Norfolk, VA
Mechanical Contracting
Cleveland Indians Stadium
Pipefitters Union
Radio Repair
Yeasu FT-101 Repairs
Portable Go Box
QSO Today Episode 30 Greg Lane N4KGL
Panama City Amateur Radio Club
Panama City ARC Beginners Academy
West Park Radio Ops, Cleveland
RDAR Ops –  Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio
Magnetic Loop Antenna
Tuning Fork
Smith Chart
Cleveland Clinic 
Lathe- How To Use a Lathe
Bridgeport Mill
Amateur Radio Supply, Cleveland, OH
Sheet Metal Brake
DK-mod website
Hurricane Michael

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: convincing the portable that cellular networks are fragile and subject to outages.  Amateur radio can save the day.  

Excited most by: bouncing signals off of satellites, and learning about the digital modes. 

Advice to new or returning hams: Don’t be afraid to try something new.

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Kenwood TS-890S All Band Transceiver

Icom IC-705 All Mode Transceiver

Icom IC-7100 HF Transceiver

Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver

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