|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1938|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 2004|
John Campbell was born in June 1938 to John and Temperance Campbell. He grew up in the Kansas City area and passed away in Independence, KS, January of 2004. John had three brothers. He and his wife Connie (K0PUX and WA0KLZ) were married in Kansas in 1963 and have two daughters, Tonya, WB0VDK and Cynthia, KA0UYM. John was a longtime member of the Amateur Radio community with an Extra Class Operator license, a pilot, and a teacher. He served as the president of the Independence and Coffeyville, Kansas, as well as the Sidney, NE, Amateur Radio Club for many years.
In 1992 he was injured in a fall from a temporary tower at the Independence, KS, Riverside Park and Zoo during a field day exercise and spent the later years of his life paralyzed from the waist down. His accomplishments include a BS, MS and a Specialist degree in Education from the now Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. He held the Extra class license in Amateur Radio, a General Radio Telephone license (previously called First Class Radio Telephone), and was a commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor as well as being a broadcast engineer, an Avionics Technician, Trustee of the Independence Amateur Radio Club Station N0ID, was a volunteer examiner for licensing and an ARRL life member.
As a pre-teen he helped in his family business showing movies in small towns in Northwest Missouri. He built his first radio receiver from a HeathKit. 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 3.5 years in High School he started college. He was active in building many electronic projects in college. He also worked as front end manager at the Red X in Riverside, MO, where he supervised over 100 employees in one of the first discount stores.
In college he studied Education and became active with Closed Circuit TV, Photography and was in charge of the Broadcast Studio and Language Lab Maintenance. One summer 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 in a single day.
Upon college graduation John took a job with Wilcox Electric in Kansas City, MO. His first job was on their first Single Side Band Transmitter. The transmitter had design problems which John solved. Other projects he worked on were their first Solid State Transponder, a One Hundred Watt Solid State Transmitter. John worked as Project Leader on research and development projects. He did electrical and mechanical design and wrote proposals for new projects where he oversaw engineers. He also worked for South Eastern Kansas Vocational Technical School in Coffeyville, where he taught college, vocational and junior high electronics.
In 30 days total he earned his Private Pilot License. He then went into a partnership with Lightstone Aviation, a Fixed Base Operator and Cessna dealer in Coffeyville, Kansas. 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 was a substitute teacher in all schools, at all levels where he filled in for Chemistry, Physics, General Math and Algebra. Under contract with the local school district he taught General Shop and Woodworking.
John worked for King Radio Inc. in Olathe, KS, as a Test Pilot and Design Engineer. He flew their Twin Bonanza and designed a transmitter for a Radar Altimeter for airplanes. He also taught at Western Nebraska Technical College in Sidney, where he was the department head for 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, KS, in 1980. They were one of the first Radio Shack stores in the Midwest to operate a computerized point-of-sale. In the back of the store he taught Amateur Radio and computer classes.
John was a consultant that solved engineering problems for broadcasters and manufacturers. He also helped by designing and building test equipment and supervising repair and manufacturing groups, he helped solve many problems.
Johns Amateur Radio activities include: building the first repeater for three different communities; participation in emergencies such as The Big Thompson Canyon Flood, Mexico City Earthquake; relaying messages between the Moon Shadow and The Coast Guard Cutter Unimac when the Moon Shadow lost itís rudder; years of contesting, especially Field Day; satellite operation; fast scan TV; packet; RTTY; net control for numerous HF and VHF nets; and too many radio and electrical projects to count; he was the president of many Amateur Radio clubs, the trustee of a number of club stations and repeaters. He taught numerous Amateur Radio classes and gave many Volunteer Examiner exams.
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