Keith's Ham Radio

About Me


 

My Biography

I was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, and I spent my early childhood years in Rochester, New Hampshire, USA.

After graduating from Spaulding High School, in Rochester, New Hampshire, I attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH) at Durham, New Hampshire.  Upon graduation from UNH, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force via the Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC). 

I then spent the next 20 years of my professional life as a US Air Force officer, primarily in the Comptroller field. During my career, I served in a number of financial management and leadership assignments at a number of USAF bases including Wright-Patterson, AFB Ohio; Sheppard AFB, Texas; Offutt AFB, Nebraska and Aviano, AB, Italy.


In the early 1980s, I supervised a staff of seven instructors who designed, developed and taught all basic and advanced officer and enlisted Cost and Management Analysis training for the Air Force. During this assignment, I had overall responsibility for new course development and maintenance, as well as personally teaching complex financial and business concepts to literally thousands of both US and allied military officers.  I also served on the Comptroller Staff at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and later performed a tour of duty as the Base Comptroller for Aviano Air Base in northern Italy. 

However, over half of my Air Force career was spent at the Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where I served in several key Comptroller positions. In these assignments, I successfully implemented emerging automated program network and project management concepts into a wide variety of ongoing aircraft development and modification efforts worth several billion dollars. This included a number of modification projects on the B-1 bomber and F-117 Stealth Fighter as well as KC-10 and KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft.   

Soon after my retirement from the Air Force (after a full career) I founded KCB Associates, a highly diversified personal counseling, business consulting and corporate training company.  For nearly 25 years,  I and my staff of professionally trained consultants provided "helpful help" in the form of targeted training courses as well as "hands-on" consulting to numerous small to medium-sized companies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.   

However, except for my ongoing (volunteer) work with a local balloon decor artist (www.justbaskits.com), I'm now all but fully retired and am very much enjoying retired life.

I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Sciences (Geology) from the University of New Hampshire and I hold both a Master of Human Relations (Psychology) degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

I'm also a graduate of the Air Force's Cost and Management Analysis School, Comptroller Staff Officer School, Technical Instructor School, Professional Military Comptroller School, Squadron Officer School, and Air Command and Staff College. I'm the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and was decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal three times for outstanding achievement.

I'm married to the former Kathryn (Kate) Galbraith of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.  Kate shares my interest in Amateur Radio and holds both the Canadian Basic (with Honours) call signs VA3OGF and VA3OE along with the US General Class call sign KB1OGF.  I have one daughter, Emily.  While retaining our US citizenship,  Emily and I became permanent residents of Canada in July, 2005 and we now share a home with Kate in the small town of Corunna, Ontario, Canada.  

In 2015. Emily completed a four year honors degree program at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) with a specialization in Anthropology.  She went on to complete a Master's of Library and Information Science program at that same university in 2019. She is now employed as an Information Management Analyst at London Life Insurance Company (a subsidiary of Canada Life) in London, Ontario.

 

 

My Time in Broadcasting

My first forays into this thing called “radio” were via a small broadcaster my graduate electrical engineering father wired into my kid's photograph.  It allowed me to gleefully play “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” through all the AM Radios in the house.  

For a young child…THAT was neat! 

Later, I wired up a Lafayette Radio, two tube “Broadcaster” into our family’s component Hi-Fi setup and established my very own AM Broadcast station. I later found that little thing REALLY worked well when I connected its modest antenna (via several lengths of insulated wire) to our neighbor’s 40-foot, metal TV antenna tower! 

But, after several years of this activity, I discovered that radio broadcasting was really kind of fun. So, as a High School Junior, on December 4, 1968, I sat for (and passed on my first try) the USA’s Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Third Class Radio-Telephone License at the FCC Offices in Boston, Massachusetts.  

Then, with my newly-minted FCC license in hand, I offered my (free) services to the local AM broadcast outlet (WWNH, 930 Kilocycles) in my hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire. As the station owner was one of our neighbors, she gave me free reign to teach myself the ins and outs of professional broadcasting in their production studio and even allowed me to have an occasional stint "on-air" just prior to the station’s midnight sign-off.  Needless to say, by that time, I was hooked on the magic of radio. 

That experience led to work at the University of New Hampshire’s student station (WUNH-FM) with later on-air stints (mostly weekends) at various commercial stations in New England such as WHAV-FM in Haverhill, Massachusetts and WDNH-FM in Dover, NH. During my (university-year) Summers visiting my grandparents in Florida, I also did evening gigs at WSTU-AM in Stuart, Florida. 

 

 

My Work With AMSAT®    
      

Throughout most of the 1990s, I served as a member of the Board of Directors for AMSAT,  The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation.  AMSAT is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) educational and scientific corporation of over 3000 members based in Washington, DC.  I also served the corporation as its Executive Vice President for several years before then taking a turn as AMSAT's President.  In January, 2010, I was once again asked to assist the organization as its Treasurer.  I retired from that position in 2019.

Currently, AMSAT's ground and space-based corporate assets are worth well in excess of $4 Million. The organization (along with its predecessors and affiliate organizations worldwide) have used predominantly donated resources and volunteer labor to build and launch over 100 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit since 1961. During my previous work as a senior elected official of the Corporation, I helped an international team from over 14 nations assure the funding, construction and successful launch of the largest and most expensive Amateur Radio satellite ever built...AMSAT's Phase 3-D. The satellite was later re-named AMSAT-OSCAR 40 once it was successfully launched in November, 2000.

 

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