KB9CSW, David Spearing


David was originally licensed KB9CSW in the spring of 1989 and in a month upgraded to Technician class.  His General class license came in the mid '90 and on April Fools Day of 2005 he passed his Extra class exam!

David is a member of ARRL, MDXC, Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club, and Columbia County Ares/Races.

After college (Milton College) he attended Luther Seminary in St Paul MN was ordained and served in three parishes.  He then worked for a few years as the production manager at an electronics job shop in St Louis MO followed by teaching: logic, ethics and philosophy at Richland Community College in Decatur IL and Lake Land Community College in Matoon IL.  For several  years David taught small engine repair and other similar subjects at auto plants in the Mid-West for Motech, a trade school based in Livonia MI.  

His interest in radio goes back to his Junior high school days (mid '50s) when he began building radios and continued through his years in the military, college, his working years and into retirement.  Long wave radio became a very big interest for many years and many radios both home brew and kits came and went.  Other interests include DXing and recently digital modes.


On his bench today there are some homebrew items in daily use: a Z-match tuner and a digital interface of his own design (article in QST pending).  In the foreground are the digital interface and laptop computer.  The operating position also holds a venerable Heathkit SB102 (REAL radios glow in the dark), Icom 718,  tuner (home brew), tuner (home brew) for Icom 706 MKII G,  Ameritron AL-811HMFJ and power supply.  The first shelf  holds a Courier 23 CB, direction control, filter (home brew), Icom 706 MKII G, Mirage 6M amplifier, Rangler RCI 5054 DX (6M xcever), Midland 13-513 (220 xcever) and Icom 245.  The second shelf supports a MFJ SWR meter,  Ten-Tec 1220 (2M xcever), RF ameter on 80M (home brew rcever) on CB and keyer (home brew).  Perched on top is a Heathkit GR-78 (reciever).

Antenna  facilities start with a Texas Towers crank up tower that hosts a  Mosley TA-33 triband beam., modified Hy-Gain 6 meter beam and a homebrew 2 meter J-pole.  It also supports an Alpha Delta inverted V for 160, 80 and 40 meters.


est 2/18/12