Episode 466 – Dave Sumner – K1ZZ
As I have my head down in the QSO Today Academy before its opening, I wanted to bring back the interesting interview that I had back in November of 2017 with Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, former CEO and General Manager of the ARRL. Dave retired in 2016 after 44 years with the league, beginning as an intern. Dave shares his ham radio outlook, operating practices, and reflections on his years in the ARRL headquarters and is my QSO Today.
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First Crystal Radio Set: Age 10
First License: 1962, Novice, age 13, KN1ZND
Favorite operating mode: CW
Father became: NW7R
Elmer: Bud Ward, W1GEA, Trained returning WW2 and Korea GIs in radio and television repair
CW DX Contests on 160 through 10 meters.
SO2R – Single operator two radio contest operation
Dave’s wife: Linda, KA1ZD
10 GHz Rig:
Rod Stafford, W6ROD – former ARRL President
Larry Price, W4RA – former ARRL President
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Advice to new or returning hams: Learn as much as you can.
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10 Ghz rig using Yaesu FT-817 as IF radio
Picture courtesy of Kevin Hobbs, VE3KH
Icom IC-7600 HF Transceiver