ex-K1MAN is SK

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W1YW, May 15, 2017.

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  1. WF9Q

    WF9Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is why the on-line forums are some the best things that have happened in many years. If you notice all the forums are asshole magnets and easily attract that type of behavior. That awful behavior has now shifted to an Internet medium thus leaving HF less polluted with crap.
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
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  2. NK2U

    NK2U Ham Member QRZ Page


    Well put!

    de NK2U
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  3. K3SX

    K3SX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Sadly the dingleberries in your analogy have become the DQRMMMERs on DX stations.
  4. WF9Q

    WF9Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bummer, I thought many just did not know what heck "UP" means.
  5. N4GKS

    N4GKS Ham Member QRZ Page

    When did that trash go sk?
  6. K7JOE

    K7JOE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes. Why on earth would I choose to run an organization that I find has zero merit and do not believe needs to exist. It certainly did not represent me nor my opinion on ham matters over the past three decades that I've been a ham. So why on earth would I bother to spend one millisecond running it.. I am not an ARRL member - have not been for over 25 years. I'm an accomplished ham and learned by getting on the air and emulating the best operators that I could find. That's how to learn. It takes time. Doesn't happen in a weekend with a Gordy NOA ARRL test booklet.

    Even QST magazine is a disgrace. Full of ads and no real content. Long gone are the real technical writers. Compare today's articles to a QST from 1985-1995. Night and day difference. Everything in QST today has been on the internet for months if not years before it shows up in QST. What a total waste of trees...

    Anyone heading to Xenia today heard the jackasses on the talk in frequency. Same as 7200. What utter idiocy. Bet mr jammer is a no code .. perhaps extra lite.

    net control ops today suffer from either some slow senility caused by age or more likely just lack on air experience running a proper control net. No radio skills. Why? Blame Dave and the ARRL ... they pushed for cb to Extra in a day. Their approach fails to help prepare hams to go beyond their baofeng $20 ht and "now you're talking and sound like an imbecile" test booklet.

    It's totally obvious to anyone who was a ham prior to the demise of the CW requirements.
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  7. WF9Q

    WF9Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    Have you tried Viagra?
  8. KW0U

    KW0U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually Part 97.113(iv) was clearly written with the ARRL code broadcasts in mind. Personally I've enjoyed them for practice, but I agree the League has made some very questionable decisions over the years. The thing with Baxter was, he didn't even try to be a good neighbor. I will say some of his broadcasts (and that is what he was doing) were interesting, and I did get an SWL QSL from him. But he was misusing the hobby. Maybe it comes down to the difference between an institution and an individual, uncomfortable as that can be.
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  9. W1RC

    W1RC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Back to the original topic of this discussion.

    In a nutshell, Glenn was bagged for unattended station operation. His real sins were, of course, he was a pain in the ass. Glenn was assessed a forfeiture (fine), was able to have it reduced but refused to pay up. The FCC rejected his application for renewal because he had an outstanding debt.

    I knew Glenn personally. He wasn't a bad guy back in the day but in the mid-1980s he got into a dispute with the QST advertising manager over his classified ads advertising his Collins Radio repair services. Glenn made his living doing this. He claimed to be a "former Collins engineer" which in itself wasn't totally false but was misleading because he worked for a short time in their computer division and had nothing to do with RF whatsoever. Regardless it was because of his unclear pricing policies that QST refused to run his ads.

    Them came the lawsuits. Contrary to the myth Glenn was not an attorney nor a wealthy man. He and his wife lived modestly on his family's forme summer place in Belgrade Lakes Maine, a beautiful spot.

    Glenn used the courts to settle disputes that could have easily been resolved with a phone call. He lost cases many times because of procedural defects, Glenn even sued a neighboring girls camp over some stacked cordwood. He was a classic example of the old maxim: "he who defends himself has a fool for a client".

    He also ran afoul of the Maine Department of Education because he was calling his academic institution a "university."

    His IARN broadcasts were made using a venerable Collins KW-1 AM transmitter. Despite thenfact that he was a "former Collins engineer" it was another well-known AMer who redesigned his audio. Then came the IARN "bulletin" broadcasts and his notoriety. It was clear that Glenn was using his "bulletins" to battle with the League. His first mistake, in my opinion, was his choice of frequency. His second mistake was challenging the authority of the FCC and personally attacking Riley Hollimgsworth, K4ZFH, who was at the time in charge of Amateur enforcement.

    When the FCC inspected his station they found it transmitting unattended. That was the beginning of the end for K1MAN. Glenn was able to remain in the air because he kept the case pending in the courts and through administrative action but in the end he finally lost and his application for renewal was rejected.

    I understand K1MAN is now assigned to someone in NY.

    More details on Glenn Baxter may be found here:


    However now that Glenn has passed away all I can say was he was an interesting individual. When I knew him he was very hospitable to me and I found him very entertaining. That was in the 1970s and early 1980s. I did not have any contact with him after that.

    May he Rest In Peace.
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  10. WB9YTG

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    Will his estate still have to pay the $10,000 fine the FCC levied against him?

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