I am Ed McKinney:
been a Model Railroader since
19681225, an Amateur Radio
Operstor since 19930414 with the
call sign of KB8QEU, and into
Genealogy since 20030501. Into
electrical since 19730616,
electronics since 19790625, all
forms from vacuum tubes to the
leading edge of quantum memory,
processors and engineering there
several degrees, and will not
elaborate for I got them for the
knowledge not to show off!
Circa 2003 as
VP and Warning
Specialist of The
I was born in Mabscott, West
Virginia in spite mt birth record
states that I was born in Saint
Johns, Michigan in 19540414; but,
after chatting with bllod kin, I
feel differently and records shows
it in the Raleigh County, West
Virginia Court House. I was
adopted! Actually, I am adopted
twice! First time was by Okla A.
McKinney and Arawana Pauline
LAMBERT McKinney in May of 1954.
Second adoption occurred at the
Spring Revival 0000at Crow Baptist
Church, Crow, West Virginia,
I fathered four kids. Three girls
and a boy. Then my wife after 23
years left me. No other children I
fathered by any other mate.
two more that also left me.
fourth. I married her in 20150103
in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
am helping Terrie to raise her two
proud of all my kids! Also am a
Grandfather of eight!
school several of us were in the
library chatting about how many
kids we wanted. I kept quiet, hard
to do, knowing my Daddy was #17 of
19 siblings. So, not wanting that
many kids, I settled on an even
dozen. Back to the library, I
finally was asked how many I
wanted to father, and hearing many
"twos", "threes" and a few "fours
and fives", I stated twelve!
gasped. One stated, and she
definitely was not my type, "Not
by me!". I fired back, quickly,
"Definitely not by you! I would
never impregnate you! You're too
ugly and too liberal!"
got my dozen! Four kids and Eight
Grand Kids! GOD knows BEST!
I lived in Jenny's Gap, Glen
White, Glen View, Table
MacArthur, Tilden, Charleston and
South Charleston, West Virginia;
Dallas, Texas; Mabscott and
Raleigh, West Virginia; Saint
Petersburg and Tampa, Florida;
Cool Ridge, Beckley, MacArthur,
Sophia, Sinks Grove, Alderson,
Hinton, Oak Hill, Sophia, Beckley,
West Virginia; Prestonsburg and
Lancer, Kentucky! Yep I moved
around! Several in particular
I am not going into great detail
of my work history for a big chunk
is classified NTK, but will state
a general as thus: A & P
Grocery, Carolina Market, Town and
Country Department Store,
Industrial Electric, Gold Farbs
Electric, WBES (WCHS FM) Radio,
West Virginia State Capital,
United Electronics Institute -
West Virginia; Texas Instruments,
Dallas Texas; VRN International,
Saint Petersburg; HoneyWell, Tampa
returning to West Virginia, I
gotten involved of Severe Weather
Research and became the
Vice-President of The National
Weather Technologies Service.
Funded by individuals and black
box funded bu Uncle Sam. At our
peak, we had a budget of several
hundred million dollars. Then my
CO, Tom, gotten non-reversible
illness and gave up the
had a lot of small jobs in order
to support my family, through out
Till I moved back to West Virginia
from Florida with four kids and a
wife in tow, and after placed
onto permanent disability, I
had time on my hands, other than
keep upwith three very active
girls and my son still in dopers,
I was relaxing. Having two ploice
scanners, I listened in on Amateur
wanted to be in such but wit bad
hearing, I could not pass the code
tests! However, in late 1992, I
was listening to ham radio about a
MOD Walk-a-Thon. I met with a
couple hams that was to be
involved, Kile and Dreama Nelson
... as well several others who are
now "Silent Keys", I decided to
learn the "No Code" level of study
to get my first Amateur Radio
License. I did! Later, the FCC
combined the No-Code into the
while living in MacArthur, I
noticed that there are no reliable
linking repeaters throughout
Southern West Virginia. So, off to
do the research!
that at that time my methodology
will not be financial feasible.
Microwave systems were in the tens
of thousands of dollars. But did
250 radius repeater data logging
of their locations.
Ray Novac told me about their
methodology. That was the ticket!
Their microwave systems were
reasonable priced and does much
more that I expected!
So I dove
into my project much deeper.
Plotting locations, planning,
engineering and etc!
which I spent over 44,000 hours
from 1995 to 1917. In 1917 is when
I gave up my dream because no one
wanted such a linking system that
would haver linked many counties
over two states. All of which
carried voice as well data,
telemetry, video and more. Not
only hospitals but other entities
would have benefited. At this
timer it still hurts and I can not
go into details of the death of a
remain in amateur radio but will
be hard. All my radios are down
for either not working or since
the PSU died.
website shows of a lot of stuff
I've been involved in, and there
is a lot here to read and see.
Note: As you
move your mouse/pointer over
images, and if it
indicates that it is clickable, then
it is, else it is not and
nothing happens. This it true on
all my pages here!
Ed - KB8QEU