Amateur Radio in the News: N4KPS SK, nine-year-old ham

N4KPS is a ham that I would have liked to have known.

John William Simpson, Sr.

John William Simpson, Sr.

John William Simpson, Sr., N4KPS, 82, ham radio enthusiast and 30-year engineering technician with NASA. John William Simpson, Sr., a native of Covington who resided in the Tabb area of Yorktown for the past 60 years, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014. He was 82.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War. He graduated from the NASA Apprentice School and retired as an engineering technician in 1984 after 30 years of service. He continued to work for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. He was a ham radio enthusiast and received numerous awards, achievements and recognition from NASA, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. He was the co-author on numerous patents, including what was known as the Simpson probe. He worked until Jan. 10, 2014 at the ripe old age of 82.

Nine-year-old Holly Wilson is a licensed radio operator. Nine-year-old Holly Wilson, KG5AOG, doesn’t normally join her classmates in their favorite game: tag. The Lumberton third-grader said she’s not that good. But aspiring to be great at tag isn’t exactly Wilson’s goal. Instead, Wilson has recently obtained an amateur radio license.

Amateur radio operators find thrill in talking around the world. Becoming a ham radio operator isn’t as hard as you might think. Amateur radio in North America dates back to 1908 when Columbia University Radio students formed a radio club. Today, they’re all over the world.

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