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Last year, 2014, the ARRL celebrated its 100th birthday and I celebrated 20 years as a ham!. I was first licensed as a Tech Plus in 1994 and moved up the ladder to General, then Advanced and finally to Extra a number of years ago.
I am a firm believer in giving back to amateur radio so that we can enjoy what we have. On January 1, 2013, I became the Director for the ARRL Hudson Division. For the four years prior, I served as the Section Manager for the ARRL New York City/Long Island Section. I've also served as the NLI Section ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, as the Assistant Section Manager, and as the ARES District Emergency Coordinator for New York City. In my role as ARES DEC, I was charged with rebuilding an organization that had nearly self-destructed. In recognition of that achievement, I received the ARRL Hudson Division “Amateur of the Year” award in 2004.
I have served as the RACES Radio Officer for the City of New York, appointed by the Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management. I have been a moderator at Ham Radio University (HRU) - the NLI Section Convention - for the past 11 years. I have been a mentor/instructor for the EC-001 course, leading in-house courses for New York City District ARES. I am a Volunteer Examiner (VE) for the ARRL. And I am a SKYWARN spotter as well.
I understand the importance of training for Emergency Communications and have completed the EC-001, 002 and 003 courses, as well as the various SEMO and FEMA courses regarding ICS and NIMS.
As to the “hobby” side of amateur radio, I am an avid DXer, a member of the Long Island DX Association (LIDXA), The Order of Boiled Owls, and the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC). I am a former Vice President of the Kings County Radio Club. I hold 5 Band DXCC and DXCC in Mixed Mode, Phone, CW and RTTY. I have WAS, WAC, VUCC, CQ WAZ, DXCC Challenge, the Diamond DXCC Challenge, and the ARRL Triple Play Award (#53). I am a member of the A-1 Operator's Club. I am a paper chaser and the proud owner of thousands of QSL cards from all over the world as well as being a subscriber to LOTW. And I am one of two DXCC Card Checkers in NLI.
My station, which changes and evolves constantly, currently consists of a Yaesu FTDX-5000MP, Ameritron ALS-600, Cushcraft MA-5B, Inverted V for 30/40/80 meters, various mics, Vibroplex and Bencher paddles, Rascal interface, random wire with an SGC-230 tuner, and assorted paraphernalia at the base.
I am a professional actor and have appeared in countless films, tv shows and commercials over the past 30 years. I am married, have two children and live in Brooklyn where I grow antennas in my backyard farm.
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