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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Kenneth Burkhart (WA2WPA)


ca August 1970


Ken was one of my elmers when I was first licensed. We were studying for the priesthood at St. Charles College in Catonsville Md. in the 1960's. He was a founding member of the radio club there. He gave me many opportunities to use his DX-40 and HQ-110 to get on the air when I didn't have any gear. If not for Ken I would not be a ham today. We both left the seminary in 1965. Ken joined the U.S. Air Force. He was tragically killed when the plane he was in crashed in England. I know this site is usually used to remember the recent SK's, but I think that those of our friends who passed before the Internet was even thought of should be remembered too. Requiescat In Pace, Ken 73 Frank ex-KN3VZG AC3P

Contributed by: AC3P (AC3P)


Frank, Your thoughts are appreciated. Ken was my uncle (my father's brother). He also inspired my brother and I to become amateur radio operators. I would love to hear any stories you might have as I was very young when he was killed. 73's...Best, Robert.

Contributed by: (N4HSV)


For Robert, I just recently came across a picture of your uncle Ken at the controls of WA2WPA/3 ca 1964. I will have it scanned in and posted here. Ken was an all around guy. He didn't just excel at radio. He was active in sports. A first rate student. He was president of his class. First class all the way. It was an honor to know him. 73 Frank AC3P

Contributed by: AC3P (AC3P)


I was finally able to find a picture of Ken that I took about 1965. He is at the controls of the St. Charles College Radio Club station. Since the club did not have a callsign of it's own, Ken was using his own, WA2WPA/3.

Contributed by: AC3P (AC3P)


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