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Episode 330 - Rob Suggs - NN4NT

Rob Suggs, NN4NT, is a space scientist at NASA, specializing in outer space environments that protect our astronauts from the hazards of space including space junk and debris.  We discuss NASA, Apollo space technology, and amateur radio in this QSO Today.


Hometown:  Rossville, GA

First License: Age 17, 1974, Technician, WA4KVO

Mentors: 
Professor Jesse Sherwood, Valdosta State College
Brad Mauger, KB5QZ
Craig Behrens, NM4T (SK)
Glen Popiel, KW5GP
Joe Large W6CQZ

First Contact: W4RGB Bill, Benton, TN 2 Meters

First Rig: 
Heathkit HR-10B Receiver
QST Novice 80/40 Meter Tube Transmitter
Heathkit HW-202 VHF Transceiver

Current Rig: 
Yaesu FTDX101D HF Transceiver
Pan Adapter Display
Elecraft KPA 500 Amplifier

Favorite operating mode: CW Contesting and DXing
Search and Pounce HF Contest Strategy
Favorite Contest Mode: RTTY

Terms:
VintageCB WalkieTalkies
Cub Scout Crystal Radio 
Rotary Dial Telephone
Lionel Electric Train
Regenerative Receiver
ShortWave Listening
2 Meter FM
Chattanooga, TN
Radio Shack Store
Pulse Generator and Storage Scope
Magnetic Resonance System
Grid Dip Oscillator
Astronomer
Star Trek Original TV Show
2001: A Space Odyssey 
Apollo Space Program
John Kraus, W8JK Radio Astronomy
Faraday Rotation
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
Apple II Computer
Rotary Encoder
Aerospace Corporation, Redondo Beach
GPS
TRW Corporation
Hughes Aircraft, Redondo Beach
Grumman NASA Space Station Program
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Space Station Collision Avoidance
OuterSpace Radiant
Space Orbit Inclination
Retrograde Orbit
SpaceX Starlink
NASA Orbital Debris Office
Kenwood TS-530 HF Transceiver
ARRL Field Day
Yaesu FT-950 HF Transceiver
Rip Van Winkle
Yaesu FTDX3000 HF Transceiver
LP Pan 2- Panoramic Adapter
JARTS RTTY Contest
FT8 Digital Mode
FT4 Digital Mode
Apollo 11 Space Launch
USS Hornet
ARRL Radio Sweepstakes Competition 
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center ARC
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
Von Braun Astronomical Society Observatory
S-Band used in Apollo Communications System
QST Magazine 
NASA ALSET
Meteor Scatter Communications
MSK441 Digital Mode
Aircraft Scatter Communications
Fresnel Zones
G5RV Antenna
HexBeam Antenna
Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver
Amateur Radio GoBox 
LDG Pro2 Antenna Tuner
Winkeyer
JT65 Digital Mode
CAT Rig Control
Gunnplexer Transmitter
North Alabama DX Club
QEX Magazine
RCA 1802 Microprocessor
Ten-Tec 506 Rebel HF Transceiver

Excited most by: that melding of digital technology with old analog.  CAT control of the radio. 
Digital modes.  

Advice to new or returning hams: Get on the air and try contesting. Wade into the contest ocean. Join a club. 

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Heathkit HR-10B General Coverage Receiver
Heathkit HW-202 2 Meter Transceiver
Yaesu FTDX-101D HF Transceiver
Kenwood TS-530S HF Transceiver
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