Larry Cicchinelli (K3PTO) is our new LOARC president. In spite of his attending our meetings and participating in Field Day and other events for the past three years, some people may not know Larry, so I (Glenn, K0KER) interviewed him in order to find out just who he is.
Larry was born in Eastern Pennsylvania, grew up there and became interested in electronics through his subscription to Popular Electronics magazine and during school by joining the Junior High Ham Radio Club. He got his first license, novice, as (KN3PTO) and progressed to Technician (becoming K3PTO) and then General by the time he was a senior in high school. He attended Drexel Institute of Technology majoring in Electronic Engineering. While in Jr High, he became a member of its Ham club – K3PNP.
Upon graduation from Drexel, Ford Motor Company employed Larry to design automobile electronic test equipment and to program it. Most programs are written in a language such as COBAL, Fortran, C or C+ and then converted to machine language (this is what actually runs on the computer) using an assembly language. Larry prefers to write his programs directly in machine language. He says this makes the program do exactly what he wants it to do and is far more efficient. He stayed with Ford for a total of thirty three years, most of which was in the Philadelphia area, but his last two years were with Ford in Dearborn, MI at which time, he retired and moved to Sacramento, CA to take an engineering position with a small microprocessor manufacturer: Rabbit Semiconductor.
Meanwhile, his continued interest in ham radio compelled him to obtain his Advanced license when he obtained his current call sign, K3PTO. After twelve years with Rabbit, he retired in 2012 and moved to the Lake. He and his wife, Debbie, of 45 years have a son living in Kirksville, MO, and another son still living in Eastern PA.
Larry runs a Yaesu FT-450 and enjoys digital modes, particularly PSK-31. Instead of buying a signal processor, he designed and built his own interface. So, he is both an electronic circuit designer and a programmer.
One of Larry’s “hobbies” is writing articles on electronics and circuit designs. Larry has had several articles published in magazines such as QST, QEX, Circuit Cellar, Audio Express, Nuts and Volts and The ARRL Handbook. He has also written a book entitled “Assembly Language Essentials”. He has designed a synthesized audio frequency generator for use in testing audio equipment using a PIC microprocessor and written an associated article which was published in Nuts and Volts. He has designed a logic analyzer, written the program to run it and explained it in an article published in QEX magazine.
Larry, we are looking forward to your leading our Club.
Updated the Eat’n Meet’n for December 15th & 22nd.
Don’t forget the Christmas Party at Lil’ Rizzo’s on the 13th. Let Glenn know if you are coming.