Lunch with 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.