My dad had been in broadcast radio when I was in elementary, middle and high school. I spent time at the station as a kid, and my cousin was into electronics kit building, which I was enamored by.
Softmore year of high school a friend was thinking of getting into the hobby (but sadly never did) and showed me the Now You Are Talking book. I think was the first I ever heard of ham radio. I walked to Radio Shack after school and got my own copy. After boning up on that, I called the 1-800-NEW-HAM number to find a local testing session. Sadly the only thing listed was 50 miles away, and I didn't feel up to asking my folks to drive me that far.
The next Christmas I asked for a police scanner for a local department store. Shortly there after, I stumbled into what I later understood to be a 2 meter ham radio net. This is how I learned of a local testing session in 3 days at a local high school. I got a ride, and passed.
I got into this hobby while in high school in the late 90's. Fortunately I found similar age and like minded peers through an adjacent school's ham radio/techology club.
I've always been more interested in the experimental/technical side of ham radio, as opposed to the operational side. I like ham radio aspects that tie in computers, particularly if they incorporate the openness of the non-proprietary Linux opperating system.
My current areas of interest include; HSMM, Asterisk, Digital Voice applications, and microwave applications. I'm also always interested in elmering and encouraging new and younger hams to explore new ideas.
I live in the Village of Allouez just south of Green Bay and North of De Pere, WI.
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