|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1938|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 2004|
John died Jan. 5, 2004.
Born to John,K0PUX and Connie, WA0KLZ 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, "K0PUX" as an Extra Class Operator. John served as president of the Independence Amateur Radio Club for many years.
John was injured in a fall from a temporary tower at the Independence Riverside Park & Zoo in Independence, Ks. 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 Radio Extra, General Radio Telephone (prev. First Class Radio Telephone), Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor, Avionics Technician, Trustee of the Independence Amateur Radio Club Station N0ID, Volunteer Examiner for Licensing, & ARRL Life Member.
As a pre-teen he helped in his family business showing movies in Small Towns in South East Kansas. He built his first Radio Receiver from a 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 their games were won. After 3 1/2 years High School, he started College. He was active in building many Electronic Projects in College. He worked as front end manager, supervising over One Hundred Employees 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, Mo. he was told he was the first person that sat for Third, Second and First Class exams all in a single day.
Upon graduation from College, John took a job with Wilcox Electric Co. Inc., John's first Job was 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 Technical 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 taught Special Education, General Shop, Woodworking, Chemistry, Physics, general Math and Algebra.
John worked for King Radio Inc. in Olathe, Ks. as Test Pilot and Design Engineer. He flew their Twin Bonanza and designed a Transmitter for a Radar Altimeter for Airplanes.
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 VHF 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 a 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 Radio 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 Radio & Electrical projects, President of many amateur radio clubs, trustee of a number of Club Stations and Repeaters; Taught numerous Amateur Radio Classes, & gave many Volunteer Examiner exams.
High Prairie Cemetery
Created by: Dale Russell
Record added: Sep 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76492357