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         The life and times of Mark and Paula Persons
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Saturday, November 17, 2018: 
Mark was invited to give a talk to the Minneapolis chapter of the Quarter Century Wireless Association. 
This is a group of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have been in the hobby 25 or more years.

He described radio broadcasting in the 1930s when it was all done live in front of microphones.
This was the WEBC, Duluth, MN, orchestra in the mid 1930s.
The WEBC control room.
The WEBC 5000 watt radio transmitter....all custom built because there were no manufacturers to sell equipment.
Today, the same power level of transmitter fits in a space 30" x 30" x 72" tall.  My how things have changed.
The WEBC transmitter building in the late 1940s.
Mark's father, Charles B. Persons, wrote a book about his life in broadcast engineering. 
You can hear the audio version of this book at no charge and no signup fees. 
Just go to http://mwpersons.com/old-radio/books/index.html
Mark started in radio broadcast engineering back in his earliest days.
Later, he served in the U.S. Army including a year in Vietnam as Sergeant in Charge of an Avionics repair shop.
Back in civilian life, Mark engineered and built 12 new radio broadcast stations and updated hundreds more.
He also spent time in his shop building and repairing electronic equipment. 
Some of the equipment came from foreign countries. 
The money came to Brainerd where Mark and Paula shop local and buy American.
Mark received the Engineer of the Year Award from the Society of Broadcast Engineers in a ceremony in Boston, MA.
It is in recognition of a lifetime of work as a radio broadcast engineer.  

Quote of the day:     It has been quite a ride.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Questions, Comments?  Email Mark Persons  teki@mwpersons.com

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