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BARC’s February 12th Meeting, Kirsten Mcintyre, K6WX: “A Wire In The Air – What Matters Most”.

February 12 @ 18:30 - 21:30

We are so happy and excited to have Kristen coming back again to speak! She gave a fantastic, well received presentation about 7 years ago at BARC on Grounding. Kristen has been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old. When she was small she built many radio kits including her favorite: the one tube radio kit. She started in Amateur Radio around 1979 while she was at MIT by getting her technician’s license. She built a 2m repeater with an autopatch to use while on campus at MIT. Somewhere in the middle of all this life intervened and her license lapsed. She has been re-licensed getting her extra ticket. She is active on 2m, 1.2GHz and is active on HF with an Elecraft K2 she built while on vacation visiting her mother. Kristen often does her HF-ing mobile with the K2 and a hamstick or from her apartment with a homebrew helical vertical dipole and an IC-7600 driving an AL-811H. These days she loves to chase DX using mostly CW, and works contests from time to time.
Kristen is also licensed in Japan, her second home, as JI1IZZ.
Kristen is ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section and is president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association for 2007, 2008, 2010 through the present. She is also a member of the following clubs: Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association, South Bay Amateur Radio Association, NCCC, USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club, Northern California DX Club, Northern California Contest Club, FISTS CW Club (10232), NAQCC, SKCC, and Young Ladies Radio League.

Kristen’s work bio:

Kristen McIntyre is currently a senior software engineer at Apple working on OS X and iOS. She recently came back from being an entrepreneur in Japan. Previously she was a researcher at Sun Microsystems Laboratories where she was researching robustness and emergent properties of large distributed computer systems. Her career has spanned many diverse areas. She started in the early 80’s designing high power linear amplifiers and then spent about 5 years in Japan architecting and designing precision analog test systems as well as learning Japanese language and culture. Upon returning to the states Kristen joined Adobe Systems and became one of the architects of PostScript Level 2 and its RTOS underpinnings as well as the principal architect of AppleTalk networking for PostScript printers. In the early 90’s she became a consultant and later founded an internet service provider and a network consulting firm. In 1999 Kristen decided to hang up her entrepreneur’s hat and landed at Sun, tried the startup thing again only to land at Apple, where she’s been since. Kristen holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Pre-meeting meal will start at 5 PM at RoundTable Pizza, 878 Southampton Rd. All are welcome!


February 12
18:30 - 21:30


Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC)


Benicia Downtown Fire Station