John F. O'Neal Jr
QCWA # 34477
Former WN7BIC - 1964, KC7KML - 1995
I first became licensed as WN7BIC in 1964, the summer before my senior year in High School. Unfortunatly, with college coming up, I did not attain a higher license class and my license expired. In 1995 one brother-in-law got his No Code Tech and another brother-in-law had his Advanced. A friend of mine offered me an HF rig if I would get to General Class by a certain date. I started all over again at Novice and became KC7KML. I worked my way up to Advanced over the following years. Within a year of the dropping of the 20 wpm code for Extra, I passed the written.
I have used my radio as a teacher in the classroom and at science camp. I have also volunteered at W7ASC located in the Arizona Science Center (Harkens Radio Shack in the Digital Gallary 3rd floor) since 1995 demonstrating Ham Radio to guests. I was honored in both 2004 & 2008 by being named as their "Ham of the Year." I enjoyed working with the ASC staff as we planned our move from the 2nd floor to the 3rd floor and designed a new ham shack. I am currently secretary for the group that runs the station, Center for Amateur Radio Leaning, and provide CDs containing eductational materials on Ham Radio to teachers who bring their classes to the station.
I enjoy working various modes including HF, VHF/UHF, EchoLink, IRLP, ATV, and PSK31.
I currently belong to the Arizona Desert Chapter of Ten-Ten International with #26, the Arizona Repeater Association, the ARRL, the Center for Amateur Radio Learning, the Eastern Arizona Amateur Radio Society, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, the Superstition Amateur Radio Club, and Ten-Ten International #69401.
I live in Maricopa County, AZ in gridsquare DM43bi.
January 4, 2015