About Me

Bob Witte (KØNR, ex-KBØCY)

By background, education and (probably) genetics, I am an Electrical Engineer. I received a BSEE from Purdue University and an MSEE from Colorado State University. While attending Purdue University, I got interested in amateur radio (W9YB Purdue Amateur Radio Club) and received my first amateur radio license in 1977.  I also hold a commercial license (FCC General Radiotelephone License) and a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) license (KAF1068).  I’ve held a number of positions in R&D and engineering management and I have a Masters Degree in Management of Technology (MSMOT).

Technical Writing

I enjoy getting ideas committed to the written word and almost always have some kind of writing gig going. In additiona to this blog, I am contributing to HamRadioSchool.com, writing the Shack Talk column and contributing to the amateur radio license books. In the past, I’ve had articles in QST, QRP Quarterly, CQ VHF and other magazines.

Summits On The Air (SOTA)

I’ve always had an interest in hiking and climbing mountains, which blends nicely with ham radio activity. Lately, I’ve gotten into the Summits On The Air program, activating peaks and chasing other peak activators (mostly on VHF). See my SOTA related posts. Of course, the Colorado 14er Event is another fun activity, which now includes SOTA activations.

OSCAR Satellite Awards

Although I have not been real active on the birds lately, I done quite a bit of operating on the low-earth-orbit (LEO) amateur radio satellites. In March 2002, I received the Satellite VUCC award (#115) from the ARRL. This contacts were mostly completed via the UO-14, AO-27 and ISS (digital) satellites.

DX Century Club

After many years of sporadic operation on the high frequency radio bands, I finally confirmed contacts with over 100 countries around the world.  I received DXCC award #36,847 from the American Radio Relay League on February 5, 2000.

Other Operating Awards and Organizations

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) member
AMSAT member
FCC  Amateur Extra Class License
Worked All States Award (WAS)
Worked All Continents Award (WAC)
Worked All VE (Canada) Award (WAVE)
VUCC Award (Satellite, 50 MHz, 10 GHz)
DXCC Award
Worked Colorado 144 MHz Award
Sidewinders on Two (SWOT) #3030
Ten-Ten International #40615
Satellite Communicators Club
OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award
#381
29 MHz FM Club
QRP Amateur Radio Club International  #11122
Colorado QRP Club #761

Operating From Outside the United States

Operated from Honduras as HR3/KB0CY and HR6/KB0CY
Operated from Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) as 7J1AUE
Operated from The Bahamas as KB0CY/C6A and K0NR/C6A
Operated from Bonaire as PJ4/K0NR

QSL Information

QSL to KØNR via Logbook of the World, QSL bureau or via postal service to 21060 Capella Drive, Monument, CO 80132 USA.