Episode 439 – Fred Cady – KE7X (SK)


Fred Cady, KE7X, (SK) became a silent key.  I thought that in Fred’s memory we should recall his love of radio and electronics that led him to a PhD in Electronic Engineering and found his love of teaching at Montana State University.  Fred was the author of 14 books, when I interviewed him in April of 2018, including many on how to operate and use Elecraft transceivers.  Fred loved to operate contests and work DX.  So this we we will go back and remember Fred Cady, KE7Z, in this QSO Today.


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Fred became a silent key on May 16, 2019. 

Fred’s Website:

Fred Cady, KE7X has written 14 books on Elecraft radios 


Peter Lascell, was K2OQO, now W4WWQ
Kay Nuttal, W2GBK

First License: Novice, 1959, WN2GHN
Upgrade to WA2GHN

Novice Rig:  

Hallicrafters SX-17 General Coverage Receiver
WRL Globescout 680 Transmitter

Favorite operating mode: CW

Fred’s Antarctic callsign: KC4USM


Currently: Professor Emeritus at Montana State University in Electronic Engineering


General Electric, Erie, PA
Byrd Station, Antarctica, 67-68,  ESSA Lab in Boulder
CQ Worldwide DX Contest
Yaesu MP1000 Transceiver
Elecraft K2 HF Transceiver
ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award, 1988
Team Vertical Contest Team
Joe Taylor Digital Modes like WSPRnet
Morse Runner Contest Simulator

Excited most by:  

  • Learning new things
  • Digital interconnected repeaters – DMR
  • Remote Control Radio

Advice to new or returning hams:  

  • Join a club
  • Get a computer for your station.

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Hallicrafters SX-17

World Radio Labs Globe Scout 680 Transmitter

Elecraft K2 HF Transceiver Kit

Yaesu FT-1000 HF Transceiver

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