KB9CSW, David Spearing
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
David is a member of ARRL, MDXC, Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club, and Columbia County Ares/Races.
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.
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
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.