The recipient of our very first
‘Ham of the Quarter’ award is
Curtis Meade, KY4CM. Curt has been
in the ham radio hobby for a long
time. He received his Novice
ticket in 1974. Then upgraded to a
Technician class the next year. He
progress through General, Advanced
and finally Extra class in
Curt has been active in our club
here at Paintsville almost from
the start. He is our treasurer and
has been very active in the club.
He is an ARRL Volunteer Examiner
and as such has given over 50
exams to new and upgrading hams.
He took over the position of
liason for the exam team here in
Paintsville, in December 2012,
when Ken Robinson left the area.
Due to a recent illness, he has
temporarily handed over this
position to Ross Leedy. Curt is
involved in ARES and is currently
AEC for Johnson County.
Curt has also assisted Ken
Robinson in the maintenance of the
East KY linked repeater system for
quite a few years. When Ken left,
Curt and Ross Leedy have taken
over the system maintenance. This
takes quite a bit of time and
knowledge. We should all be
grateful to these guys for their
Curt is an all round kind of ham.
He likes to operate HF, 6 meters,
2 meters and 440. He has a well
equipped shack with radios for all
these bands and antennas that
include wire dipoles for the lower
bands and a tri-band beam for 20,
15 and 10. Looking in his shack,
there seems to be enough equipment
for testing anything electronic
and enough parts to fix any radio.
has always, if possible, been an
active participant in our Field
Day activities. He has plenty of
equipment to bring to the
festivities and enjoys getting on
Which leads us to one of his
favorite, (if not the favorite),
aspects of ham radio, Hamfests. He
and his dear friend, Ken Robinson
(K4KBR) have been to most of the
area’s hamfests since 1976. They
like to go and sell anything they
can get hold of. Many hams at
these hamfests know Curt and Ken.
One guy, (Chuck from London)
affectionately named Curt,
“Trumpet Man”, because of a
trumpet that Curt carried to
hamfests for several years. But,
as a true hamfester, Curt finally
sold the trumpet.
with all his accomplishments and
willingness to give freely of his
time and knowledge, we are honored
to bestow this award upon Curt and
hope he understands just how much
we appreciate him.
Curt at a
hamfest doing what he like to
do. Looks like he might be
praying to sell out his table.
probably thinking, “If I win
the big door prize, I can sell
it at the next hamfest! “
Field Day, doing what he does
best, holding down the fort.
No, Curt is not a member of
the French Foreign Legion
enemy planes. He is installing
an antenna high in a tree.
There’s always challenges at
Here is the same image that is at
the top, and is clickable to see the
full size version.