Lunch with K7QO          (w7zoi, 14Feb17)
k7qo  In early 2017 we traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to visit my brother and his family.     While in the southwest, I had lunch with Chuck Adams, K7QO.    Chuck has long been a stalwart in the QRP community, especially among those who homebrew their own gear, or build kits.    Chuck is a retired physics professor, so we had several common interests.   

Chuck has a good scanner that he used to generate digital copies of both Solid State Design for the Radio Amateur and Introduction to RF Design.   These were then used in Experimental Methods in RF Design, Classic Reprint Edition.    Our lunch was just the opportunity I needed to present Chuck with a copy of the finished product, as shown in the photo.   In addition, we ate some really great brisket at Rudy's BBQ, just off of I-10 in Chandler, AZ.

Chuck brought a box of goodies to show me as we ate.    Many of the projects were on circuit boards while some were built using Manhattan construction.    This led to a discussion of the Ugly construction techniques that I tend to use.    It was fun to tell Chuck about the early history that led to the 1981 "Ugly Weekender" QST paper that my son Roger (ka7exm) and I co-authored.     Chuck's circuit board methods were especially impressive.    He uses relatively tame chemistry to produce very clean boards.     Most are single sided, often without holes.   Rather, he uses leaded components soldered to the etched pads.     Look at Chuck's work in more detail in the Yahoo Group, "qrp-tech".     Some of the information is in his "lab" presentation on his web site.   See www.k7qo.net/lab.pdf .    The circuit board methods are presented in YouTube videos, starting with <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6AmT1trO60&t=148s> .    

Many thanks to Chuck for all of his efforts.    It was great to finally meet him in person.