William F. Ruck

William F. Ruck

Broadcast Engineer

PO Box 22456

San Francisco, CA 94122

Broadcast and Related Work Experience

2007 – Present: Maritime Radio Historical Society. Maintain historic radio equipment at former RCA Coastal Marine Station KPH, now part of Point Reyes National Seashore.

1999 – Present: CSI Telecommunications, Principal Engineer. Planning, design and development of public safety and private wireless communications systems.

· Project Engineer for $11m digital upgrade and replacement digital microwave system for a local government.

· Project Engineer for simulcast public safety radio system.

· Project Engineer for new digital microwave and radio communications system including ground-up new solar powered sites.

· Research and field work of radio frequency coverage and interference issues.

1972 – Present: Free Lance Broadcast Engineer

· Design audio systems for NBC International Broadcast Center at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

· Design, install and maintain studio and transmitter systems and equipment at stations and organizations.

· Identify and resolve radio frequency interference.

· Design and install ground-up turnkey broadcast transmitter sites.

· Design, install and maintain telecommunications equipment: radio frequency communications systems, interconnect telephone systems, and data communications.

· Produce and record on location live broadcasts of local concerts.

· Engineer audio feeds for live television satellite feeds and live music radio remote broadcasts.

· Published author of technical articles.

1972 – Present: Radio Station KUSF, San Francisco, Chief Engineer

1978 – 1999: Radio Stations KFOG / KNBR / KSAN / KTCT, San Francisco, Engineering Manager

1976 – 1978: Regional Occupational Program, John A. O’Connell School, San Francisco, Instructor, Radio-Television Broadcast Operations

1975 – 1978: National Public Radio – West, San Francisco, Maintenance Engineer

1975 – 1978: Radio Station KALW, San Francisco, Assistant Chief Engineer

1974 – 1978: Radio Station KJAZ, Alameda, Maintenance Engineer

Military Experience

1971 – 1975: United States Navy. Honorable Discharge as Aviation Electronics Technician Petty Officer Second Class

1983 – 1985: United States Navy Reserve. AT2/CTM

Licenses and Memberships

Federal Communications Commission – General Radiotelephone License with Ship Radar Endorsement

California Board of Education – Standard Designated Teaching Credential for Vocational Trade and Technical, Radio and Television Engineering

Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE)

Former Chairman and Vice-Chairman, SBE Chapter 40

Northern California Frequency Coordinating Committee

Chair and below 1 GHz Frequency Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area

Audio Engineering Society (AES)

National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE)

NARTE Certified Engineer, Class 1

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Radio Club of America (RCA)

NABER Certified Engineer


Two years undergraduate study, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

(basic engineering and business)

United States Navy AV Class “A” School, NATTC, Memphis TN

Radio-Television Broadcast Operations, John A. O’Connell School, San Francisco, CA


Married (wife Siobhan Ruck), shares home with Blue and Gold Macaw “Amelia” and Sun Conure “Kodachrome”.

Restoring family cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Restoring antique motorcycles: 1938 Harley 45 cu. in. solo chopper; 1947 Indian Chief; 1952 Indian Chief; 1973 BMW R60/5.