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Frederick R. Vobbe, W8HDU

Frederick R. Vobbe, W8HDU

I have won numerous awards in broadcasting, electronic engineering, and civic service, and has been a finalist for the City of Lima Neighborhood Award numerous times, as well as nominated several times for the national Jefferson Award.

I’m presently employed as Director of Engineering for Block Communications, Inc., and I’m Vice President and Chief Operator for the a group of television stations in Lima, Ohio. On the amateur radio side I’m the trustee for the KT8APR repeaters on 53.630, 145.370, and 443.625, and the W8AOH repeater on 146.745 operated by the Allen County Office of Homeland Security. These repeaters are analog, IRLP, and DSTAR.

I’m a member of B.P.O.E. #54, Eagles #370, and past board member for the Salvation Army of Allen County (OH). I’m a past president of the Lima Host Lions Club, and was on the board of directors. I hold the Melvin Jones Award, one of Lions Club top honors.

I also edited and published the DX Audio Service, a book for the blind magazine on the subject of radio, from April 1985 to April 2015 until it was shut down by the National Radio Club.

In my nearly 48 plus year radio career I’ve worked at recording studios, radio, and television stations. One of my other hobbies is collecting “oldies” and country music from the years 1955 to 1990 that charted in the radio industry. I have my own automation system and Part 15 radio station where I can listen to “good” music.

I also restore old recordings of radio jingles, airchecks, and production music from tape and records. Another hobby is designing cicuits and home-brewing equipment such as audio processors, tube compressors, switcher & control systems, audio distribution amplifiers, and audio mixers.

I’m married to Debbie, who is amazingly tolerant of my audio/RF addictions. We have two children wonderful children, Jon and Connie, both grown up and have made their parents proud.

I’m Originally from Toledo, Ohio, and lived in Lima since 1985. My ham radio call sign, W8HDU, was granted via the vanity callsign program, and was my grandfather’s call. He worked at Western Union during the days and at night he operated on 80 meters from his home in Toledo using a home brew transmitter and receiver, working the CW mode.

I love to go to hamfests, flea markets, and take in the World’s Largest Yard Sale, and the Annual 250 mile Lincoln Highway Byway Garage Sale which has a Facebook Site. Got an old console, transmitter, fly press, tools, or antiques? I have a large Silverado and 6 ton trailer to take it away!

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