I am a 22 year old amateur extra class operator from Massachusetts who is fascinated with electronics. Back in 2006 I helped found the Chelmsford High School ARC with the callsign KB1NAY. Now, the club is licensed as N1CHS and is run by KB1MKW. After attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY and studying the Electrical Engineering curriculum my brother and I became very involved in the radio club on campus. I Served as the Treasurer of K2GXT in 2008 and as the Vice President from 2009 until 2011. Finally, my brother and I decided in 2009 to start the College Amateur Radio Club Association hosted at www.collegearc.com. It's been an educational endeavor for us and an interesting way to promote ham radio to a niche in the hobby.
With K2GXT, I helped build and fly (though KC2URD is a much better pilot!) a 12 foot RC blimp with Amateur TeleVision (ATV) on-board. It's usually flown at the RIT hockey games as a fun activity for the club, some added excitement to the games during intermission, and a nice bit of exposure for the ham radio club. In late 2010 as Vice President I suggested that we think about launching a high altitude balloon. After nearly five months of hard work with some amazingly talented peers K2GXT launched a high altitude balloon to 96,305 Feet.
Currently, I am living in Los Angeles, CA and working as an intern in the avionics hardware deparment of Space Exploration Technologies in Hawthorne, CA. More commonly referred to as SpaceX, the company is a leader in the private space industry with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule. My experience in ham radio and always eager to apply what I have learned in practice with personal projects are two aspects that helped me obtain an internship with SpaceX. Learning to design high reliability, redundant electronics for space applications is one of the most exciting opportunities I've ever experienced.
While in Massachusetts I am an active member of P.A.R.T. of Westford, MA (WB1GOF). The club is a lively ham group that I've been with for years and enjoy immensely. I often listen to the WB1GOF repeater and can be found on it while commuting. While not especially active on HF, I've made many QSO's in the past and do enjoy that aspect of the hobby. For now, I'm fascinated by experimenting with electronics and tend to work on projects rather than operate HF. The community/club orientation, moving ham radio forward with new technology, and promoting to those not yet involved are some of my favorite reasons to be involved in ham radio.
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