SLSRC is once again honored to have Rick Crockett WØPC as a presenter…this Friday, May 22 at Missouri Baptist Hospital. His topic will be “Remote Control Operations using modern radios.”
Rick got hooked on shortwave listening as a child in Detroit using his grandfather’s radio which led to building better radios and antennas.
He started by building a one tube radio for his 3rd grade science project and won 1st place. His family moved to the west coast where the High School’s District Magnet School included an Electronics Program complete with a ham station in the Electronics Lab. Within a few months as a Novice, he made the trip to the San Francisco FCC office and moved up to an Advanced class then on to Extra class.
Rick has been paying back the hobby by teaching entry level through Extra ham license classes for around 40 years. Currently he is teaching the Amateur Extra class and the ARRL’s Introduction to Emergency Communications Course (EC-001). Rick’s greatest reward was being the recipient of the ARRL’s Herb S. Brier National Instructor of the Year in 2001.
His other ham radio interests are in digital modes, rag chew SSB nets, CW and RTTY contesting where WØPC/7 currently holds the Nevada and Pacific Division all time high score record.
Rick and his wife Helen, ACØNF, are retired and enjoy traveling around the country attending most of the major hamfests. They have an HF mobile station for use while in motion and operate a remote base station from hotel rooms at the end of the day.