Thanks for your email. Yes, I certainly remember you. I came to UF in 1963 working on a MS degree-- got it and a PhD in 1968. Was on the UF ECE faculty from 1967 until 2004. I will be 65 this summer. My time at UF was a great time for me. Retired as the W4DFU trustee (for about 25 years) in 2004 also. You might want to look at the Gator Amateur Radio Club website located at http://gatorradio.org/
UF is slowly changing -- in my opinion not for the better. The emphasis is strictly on research and teaching is incidental. I think that it should be the other way around.
I am sorry to say that my amateur radio equipment is still packed up after we moved into a new house in 2003. I now spend a lot of time with computer stuff instead. I am also still doing some EE work -- mainly working on the 7th edition of my textbook, Digital and Analog Communication Systems, Prentice Hall. It is to be published in 2007. The manuscript is in the hands of the publisher and I am now working on the Instructor Solution Manual, Student Solution Manual, and Matlab M files and MathCad template files for the book and selected homework problems.
Rollo was a great friend of mine. He and I worked on putting the first 2 - meter repeater on the air here in Gainesville for the Gainesville Amateur Radio Club in 1978. The antenna is up 500 feet on the WUFT-TV tower. It covers most on north Florida. We went to the same church, First Methodist, Downtown Gainesville -- saw him almost every week until his death. http://fumcgnv.org I have attached the Gainesville Sun obit for Rollo since you may not have seen it. His wife, Elaine, is living now in Bradenton, FL, near one of their daughters, Marilee Bell.
Marinus Latour is still living here in Gainesville -- phone 352-376-0632.
I talked with Bill Kessler last Wednesday -- he is still running his broadcast consulting business but only goes in to work part time. John O'Malley and Vernon Shaffer are still living in Gainesville also.
I hope that your retirement is going well. What did you do at Lockheed?
Leon Couch, K4GWQ
On 18 Feb 2006 at 22:26, Marvin Moss wrote:
> I just found out that Rollo had passed away over a year ago.
> I worked with him for a short period but knew him for many years.
> Our association was thru the Dept of Comm and Journalism.
> I helped to install the original Sarkes-Tarzian equipment around 1956 when
> it was still closed circuit vidicon tube equipment.
> I worked for Bill Kessler even though I was a student from 1954 to 1965.
> Bill Boehme and I were the only technical people the Dept. had for several
> years right at the very beginning of the TV training there.
> I got my PhD in 1966 and worked for Lockheed in Marietta, GA for 32 yrs
> before retiring in 1998.
> I am now 69 yrs old and playing with all my ham radio and electronic toys
> full time.
> I wonder if John O'Malley is still there.
> I know that most of the folks I knew are retired or dead now.
> Larsen, Chen, Sashoff, George, Latour, and many others were my friends.
> Just wanted to say hi to you when I saw your note about Rowland.
> Marvin Moss
Leon Couch, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org 352-376-0108
Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Florida