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.
What caught my attention at the time was the phone patch (no cellphones back then), packet radio (internet hadn't yet blossomed), and the social networking aspect (no facebook or the like). At the same time I read an article by Larry Kollar, KC4WZK on the Amateur Packet Radio Network that was floating around on dial-up BBS's and really caught my attention.
So after being exposed to the Now Your Talking book, 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.
Senior year an interest and personality trait survey identified strenghts in technical capabilites and problem solving. After high school I attended Technical College to further my hobbies. I was awarded a small scolarship from the South Milwaukee Amateur Radio Club through the Foundation for Amateur Radio.
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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