Episode 484 – Richard Gutknecht – NZ2I


Richard Gutknecht NZ2I, is a second generation amateur radio operator, catching the bug at an early age and getting the Novice license at age 15. Answering his country’s call to duty, Rick joined the Air Force and became an active ham while stationed in Germany.  Now retired, Rick enjoys getting on the air, volunteering for his amateur radio club, and now producing and co-hosting a podcast on current events and American history.  NZ2I is my QSO Today. ​


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Hometown: Celoron, NY
Current QTH: Panama City, FL

Father:  Robert Gutknecht,  WB2EWU (SK)
Brother: Jay Gutknecht,  WB2EWU (formerly KC3HZN)
First License: Age 15, Novice, WA2CCM

Rick used Father’s Station as a Novice
Heathkit SB303 Receiver
Heathkit TX-1 Apache Transmitter
Heathkit SB-401 Transmitter

Rick’s German Callsign: DA4GR

First Rig: 
Yaesu FT-101E HF Transceiver
Drake TR-22 VHF Transmitter
Midland 13-505 VHF 2 Meter Transceiver

Favorite Operating Mode: Voice

Current Rigs: 
Elecraft K2 HF Transceiver
Elecraft KPA 100 Amplifier
Icom ID-880H D-Star

RTTY Art Capture Program
Model 15 Teletype
ST6 RTTY Baudot Interface
Sembach Air Base, Germany
2nd Class Radiotelephone
Citizens Band Radio
CB Radio Repair Business
USAF Recruiting Practices
USAF – Ground Radio Maintenance
Preventive Maintenance on Radio USAF
Ft. Campbell, KY Army Base
101st Airborne Division
Nuclear Biological Chemical Education – Emergency Management
Bitburg AFB
HOA Antenna Restrictions

“3 Pigs Standard – No HOA, Brick Home, No Flood Plane”
Hurricane Michael, Panama Florida
Hurricane Storm Surge
Code Extra Class Amateur License
Hustler 18AVQ Vertical Antenna
Greg N4KGL Episode 30,  QSO Today Podcast
DMR – Amateur Radio Digital Mobile Radio
Flying Pigs QRP Club
FT-8 Digital Mode
DMR Hotspot
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
Panama City Amateur Radio Club
Panama City Amateur Radio Club Beginners Academy

Excited most by: so broad and so many technologies in amateur radio today

Advice to new or returning hams: giving back to ham radio is key to happiness. 

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Heathkit SB-303 Receiver

Heathkit SB-401 Transmitter

Midland 13-505 VHF Transceiver (1970s)

Drake TR-22 Portable VHF Transceiver

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