Chris Horne with a refurbished commercial broadcast transmitter made to work on ham bands
Chris Horne with a refurbished commercial broadcast transmitter made to work on ham bands

After 15 years of burnishing his career in wireless communications, Christopher K. Horne has “come home” to LBA Group Inc. as the corporation’s new chief technical officer. He officially rejoined the Greenville firm today (Aug. 2).

Horne, a registered professional engineer, was a project engineer in LBA’s radio frequency safety program in the 1980s shortly after earning his bachelor of mathematics degree from N.C. State University. Horne went on to earn a master of electrical engineering degree from N.C. State and to become RF senior engineer at AT&T Wireless in Greensboro.

He later was senior applications engineer at another Greensboro company, RF Micro Devices, a position that required frequent travel to the Far East for consultation with clients and industry specialists. He comes to LBA after 5 years as wireless communications manager at North State Communications in his native High Point, N.C. At North State, Horne managed a multi-million-dollar advanced cellular network, including supervising site construction and overseeing subsequent technical work at new installations.

In May, the 43-year-old engineer completed his doctorate in electrical engineering from N.C. A&T State University, publishing two papers on fiber optic devices and completing a dissertation on nonlinear fiber optics.

“We are extremely pleased to have Chris rejoin us at LBA,” says Jerry Brown, LBA Group president. “His experience and talent will give LBA Group yet another dimension of expertise as we strive to meet the demands of a vibrant, technically evolving wireless industry.”

Horne looks forward to his return to Greenville. “I gained a lot of knowledge at LBA the first time,” he says. “I worked with some very knowledgeable people and learned a lot in a short amount of time. I think this is a great opportunity for me to learn some more and to advance my career.”

An early interest in telecommunications was sparked when Horne became a ham radio enthusiast at age 12. He steadily cultivated his knowledge of radio communications and in 2007 was issued the Federal Communication Commission’s top amateur license – Extra Class. (Horne’s call letters are W4CKH.)

About The Author

LBA Group, Inc. has 50 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The group is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide; the professional consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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