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John Campbell
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Birth: Jun. 5, 1938
Guilford
Wilson County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jan. 5, 2004
Independence
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA

John died Jan. 5, 2004. He spent many years in a Wheel Chair as a result of the Fall.

Born to Connie and John were 2 Daughters Tonya WB0VDK, & Cyndee KA0uym.

John was a Pilot, and a Teacher. John was a long time member of the Amateur Radio community and held the call sign, "W0PUX" as an Extra Class Operator. John served as president of the IARC for many years.

John was injured in a fall from a tower at the Independence Riverside Park during a Field Day exercise Several years ago and spent the later years of his life in a wheel chair.
John A. Campbell BS, MS, Specialist Ed, Amateur Extra, General Radio Telephone (prev. First Class Radio Telephone), Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Instrument (prev. Flight Instructor, Avionics Technician)Trustee Independence ARC Station N0ID, ARRL VE, ARRL Life Member.

As a pre-teen he helped in family business showing movies in small towns. He built his first receiver kit.

In high school John ran the audio visual equipment. He lettered four years in football and band. For four seasons he played first string right tackle and was active in every play. Most of the games were won. After 3 1/2 years high school he started college. He was active in building many electronic projects. He worked as front end manager supervising over one hundred employies for one of the first discount stores.

In college he studied engineering and secondary education and became active with closed circuit TV, photography, and was in charge of the broadcast studio and language lab maintenance. In the summers he did TV and appliance repair. He studied for and passed the Novice, Conditional and Commercial FCC Licenses. When he took the exams in Kansas City he was told he was the first person that sat for Third, Second and First Class exams all in a single day.

Upon graduation John took a job with Wilcox Electric Co. Inc., he started on their first single side band transmitter. The transmitter had design problems which John solved. Other projects he worked on their first solid state transponder, a one hundred watt solid state transmitter. John worked as design group leader on research and development projects. He did electrical and mechanical design, and wrote proposals for new projects.

John worked for South Eastern Kansas Vocational Technicial School where he taught college, vocational and high school electronics.

In Thirty days total time John earned his Private Pilot license. He then went into partnership with Lightstone Aviation, a fixed base operator and Cessna dealer. He studied on his own and earned his commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and multi-engine ratings. He worked as avionics manager, chief pilot and chief flight instructor. According to FAA records John flew the highest volume of air taxi flights in the state of Kansas. In the evenings he taught ground school, electronics, computer science, and amateur radio classes at the local junior college. He substitute taught in all schools at all levels. Under contract with the local school district he taugh special education, general shop, woodworking, chemistry, physics, general math and algebra.

John worked for King Radio Inc. as test pilot and design engineer. He flew their twin Bonanza and designed a transmitter for a radar altimeter.

John taught at Western Nebraska Technical College. He was Department Head for the departments of Electricity, Electronics, and Center Pivot Irrigation. He was elected President of the Faculty association, Radio Club President and built the areas first repeater.

John and his wife purchased a Radio Shack franchise and opened a store in Independence Kansas. They were one of the first Radio Shack stores to operate computerized point of sale. In the back of the store he taught Amateur Radio and Computer classes.

John operated an engineering services business which served manufacturing and broadcast businesses. He helped solve many problems, designed and built test equipment, supervised repair and manufacturing groups.

John's amateur activities included; built the first repeater for three different communities; participation in emergencies such as The Big Thompson Canyon Flood, Mexico City Earth Quake, relaying messages between the Moon Shadow and the Coast Guard Cutter Unimac when the Moon Shadow lost it's rudder; years of contesting especially Field Day; satellite operation, fast scan TV, packet, RTTY; net control for a number of hf and vhf nets; home brew many many projects, president in many amateur radio clubs, trustee of a number of club stations and repeaters; taught numerous amateur classes, gave many exams.

 
 
Burial:
High Prairie Cemetery
Altoona
Wilson County
Kansas, USA
 
Created by: Dale
Record added: Sep 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76492357
John Campbell
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