Born in Albany, NY in 1970. I first took an interest in radio at age 10, when a friend of my father's showed me his 2m HT and made a call on it through a phone patch. He elmered me a little, but being a world-class procrastinator, it was another 20 years before I got my ticket.
My father was self-employed, running a heating oil and propane distributor. He had a small fleet of vehicles that originally were kept in touch via CB. When CB became unmanageable, the company moved to a 460MHz business-band system with rented repeater space. I "inherited" the CB equipment and started playing with custom antenna designs.
Skip ahead to about three years ago. With Y2k looming, I was making the same sort of panic that everyone else was. I decided to get ahold of some radios for short-range use. I bought three FRS radios, and started hanging out on a BBS for GMRS and FRS users called Popular Wireless ( http://www.popularwireless.com ). The radios worked well, but I just was not satisfied.
When MURS became available, I replaced the FRS radios with MURS radios. This was more satisfying, because once again, I could work on antenna designs.
On September 28, 2000, the last straw was encountered. A water main break in downtown Schenectady flooded the local telephone CO, and knocked out all telephone service for Schenectady, and long distance service for several surrounding communities. The network was so badly crippled that people from surrounding communities couldn't even call the telephone company (their offices are in Syracuse--a long distance call) to ask what was wrong. I listened intently to my scanner all day as ham radio operators maintained fire and crime watch throughout the city. I decided then and there that I wanted to join them.
On June 1, 2001, I took my tech exam and passed. I also passed General, but didn't pass the code test. On June 15, 2002, I retook the General and code tests, and passed.
I am the Treasurer of the Schenectady Museum Amateur Radio Association ( http://www.smara.com ), in Schenectady NY.
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