April 24, 2018: Allen Wolff KC7O: Troubleshooting

This month Allen Wolff, KC7O, who has made a number of presentations to the Pasadena Radio Club over the years, will present something we all have to deal with at one time or another — Troubleshooting. Allen will take you through the various methods he has learned over his 54 years of hamming with examples of repairs and reworks. His goal is to encourage everyone to build troubleshooting skills to identify and resolve their issues.

Allen is an ARRL Life Member, Extra class licensee and earned his First Class FCC Radio Telephone License (now General Radio Telephone) in 1974. He was first licensed as WN2NTL/ WB2NTL in New York in 1964, then as WB2NTL in New Jersey, WB9TXP in Indiana, KA7CGN and KC7O in Utah, and KC7O in California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, RF Communications from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA. Allen has over 45 years’ experience in aerospace manufacturing operations and quality management. He has worked on the Lunar Module Apollo missions 9 through 14, military communications systems, the MX missile guidance system, commercial and military aircraft hydraulic actuators, spacecraft deployment systems, titanium fuel tanks for satellites and launch vehicles, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. He is currently semi-retired and a management, engineering and quality consultant. He supports the local police by leading the Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team and is a member of the Pasadena Radio Club. He enjoys travel, photography, and camping and has been in just about 50 Field Days and a 1B Field Day station from 2007 to 2014 and a 1E, emergency power station, from his home QTH from 2015-2017 making around 300 contacts each year. In 1999 he was awarded the Herb Brier Instructor of the Year award, from the ARRL, for 17 years of teaching Novice and Technician classes accounting for at least 450 new Ham Radio licenses. Over the years, his articles have appeared in QST, CQ and 73 magazines.