Chip Margelli K7JA
Ham Radio Outlet

Professional Overview

Over three decades of experience in the amateur radio industry in the areas of manufacturing, sales, marketing and advertising.

Summary of Skills and Experience

• Extensive experience with sales distribution channels, including sales management,
dealer and end-user technical support, advertising management, and creative work.
• Extensive experience with trade show marketing and fulfillment after the shows.
• Wealth of knowledge about the amateur radio industry and its user base.
• Effective public speaker with many years of experience as a banquet speaker, master of
ceremonies for conventions, and presentation of seminars. Extensive travel experience.
• Active in the amateur radio community outside of work.
• Very team-oriented, and cheerfully supportive of top management and staff. Very 
"hands-on" approach to all tasks.

Work Experience

Public Relations Manager (1977-1979)
Yaesu Musen Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan)

Reported directly to President/CEO, responsible for customer support; translation from Japanese, and creation of all company English technical documentation and brochures and other promotional materials; assisted with administration of worldwide dealer network; and attended trade shows in Japan and the United States. Japanese fluency intact to this day.

Technical Support Manager and V.P. for Amateur Radio Sales (1980-2006)
Yaesu USA (Cypress, California)

Involved in positions of key responsibility in both technical support and sales management at the U.S. subsidiary of Yaesu Musen Co., Ltd.; extensive travel to trade shows for promotion of the product line; extensive product training of support staff; responsible for creation of advertising materials and technical documentation throughout three decades with the company.
Director of Amateur Sales and Marketing (2006-2010)
Heil Sound, Ltd. (Fairview Heights, IL)

Responsible for all aspects of sales management for this manufacturer of high-end microphones and audio equipment. Extensive travel to trade shows with many speaking engagements to enhance end user understanding of the key benefits of the product line.

Director of Advertising Sales and Marketing (2010-2013)
CQ Communications, Inc. (Hicksville, NY)

Responsible for sales of advertising space for four monthly technical publications, having taken over and combined the responsibilities of three previous sales managers covering the same magazines. Responsibilities included seeking out and signing on new accounts, booking and completing fulfillment on existing accounts, collection of ad materials from each client and verifying accuracy of materials once arrayed in the draft publication, and complete management of the company's extensive trade show appearances each year.

Director Sales and Marketing (2013-2015)
RF Acquisitions International, Inc. (Grand Junction, CO)

Responsible for all aspects of sales management for this start-up distributor of communications antennas, towers, and communications station accessories. Responsibilities included extensive travel to trade shows, speaking engagements at conventions, seminars at local club meetings to enhance end user understanding of unique features of the products being offered, and hands-on product development and testing.


B.A., Political Science, 1974, University of Washington (Seattle).
M.B.A., 1976, University of Washington (Seattle).

Personal Interests

Amateur radio (particularly antenna design and construction), photography, astronomy, and distance running (three marathons completed).  I enjoy public speaking, and average twelve to 15 engagements annually. I also have been doing volunteer and paid tower work for four decades, and have experience on both crank-up and fixed tower systems up to 200' in height. Over two dozen national and world wins in radiosporting competitions. Inducted into CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.