Hello from Tewksbury, MA, or maybe also from my other QTH in Gilford, NH, here at the East Coast of the USA.
My name is Rolf Seichter, call KE1Y, and I was born in Berlin, Germany, in December 1943, just completed my 69th B-day !
I graduated in 1968 with a MS Degree in RF Electronics and moved to Munich, got married, and started my first job with Rohde & Schwarz, a famous company in RF Electronics. Two years later, somebody at Rohde & Schwarz told me about Digital Equipment, an upcoming, fast growing computer manufacturer in early 1970. To make a long story short, I started working for them, was transferred to Maynard, MA, in 1976 and have been here in the US since, residing in Tewksbury, MA, and Gilford, N.H., held various Management positions with other high-tech and computer companies after leaving DEC in 1979.
I got the first HAM license in 1977 and upgraded to Extra in 1981, just because of peer pressure (the DX window at that time was only for Extra's, such as W1FC and W1 CF), in my favorite 80M DX portion of the 80M Band.
I am employed with VTech's Contract Mfg Division since 1999 as the President of the global Business Development. I strongly believe in Life-Long Learning and graduated from Suffolk, Boston, as MBA in 2006 - at the age of 63 at that time-and had a lot of fun with my classmates (and great parties and drinking!). My employer, VTech Contract Manufacturing www.vtechcms.com , a HK based company, paid for the tuition in full. That's what I call LIFE LONG LEARNING !! I also passed the Patent Bar Exam in 2008 with the USPTO. I am Patent Agent # 63,542. Look up my web site www.expertpatentservice.com for further details.
As of today, my wife Ilse and and I have three boys, they are all married, with three enjoyable daughter-in-laws and we have SIX enjoyable, cute Grandchildren, Jill "Karate Kid" (7) and Drew Hockey, Baseball and more(6),3 year old Daniel James, and our Elise, 3 years old now , and Menderina who is three years old. On October 31st, Lydia was born !! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year, see the picture of all Grandchildren further down.
Here is Menderina's great story: Our youngest son Tom (who also works for VTech) and his wife Anne flew to Ethiopia on Feb 26, 2010 to embrace our 5th Grandchild, bringing her over to New England on March 6th when they all landed in Boston, MA. She is a cute 3 year old little girl now, her name is Menderina, or "Mendee", and we are proud to having her join our ever growing family! Another Grandchild was bornin November 2012. Now they have also Lydia and Mendee enjoys beingher "older" sister.
Tewksbury Station, 155 ft tower, 2-element wire beam coming off the tower, sloping East, feeding with wireline, 2-element wire beam for 40 M, 80 ft hight, force feeding with RG-58 old, cheap coax. Power about 1kW with the Command Technology Amp.
The Station in Gilford, close to the Gunstock Skiing area,has a kW into a 3-element wire beam on 40M and a 2 -element wire beam for 80M, at about 80 feet. You can see the nice high pine trees and oak trees, wonderful natural towers. But you can't see the antennas! Elevation here is about 900 ft above Lake Winnipesaukee.Behind the sliding door at the front, left balcony is my radio room, with a beautiful view to the West and even better sunsets.
The station in Gilford is simple, but it works!! Can you hear me now?
The FUTURE Home in 2014 and my virtual the office for the Winter (only) will be in Port St. Lucie Florida, see below, nice Lake behind the house,but I cannot (and will not) put up antennas. So I will use the iPHONE and/or Internet to work remote through the station in Tewksbury (or maybe Gilford). Let me know if you have done remote controlled operation yet and what transceiver you are using. My main concern is how to re-boot, how to check/adjust the SWR remotely,and how to shut down and/or turn on the mains at the relay station. I have already hooked up with local HAM's in the area Port St. Lucie area, such as KA0KAF, Jeff. Also, my old 80M DX friend K2RR,Rich Rosen, does not live too far away.
You can meet me on 40M after my work-from-home day, mainly in the springtime and summer and, in the winter seasonwith other 80M DX'ers, starting with the gray line in the evening, around 3790 +/- somewhere in the 80M DX window when the day lightis shorter in the fall and winter. Hope to meet you soon in the pile up's.
.and last but not least: All Six Grandchildren:
I am also available on the great GERATOL NET (3.668 MHz) as # 2043. Have a Happy New Year 2013 !!
73 Rolf, KE1Y , and thank you for looking up my QRZ.com info.
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