Hi Fellow Ham operators! And thanks for looking me up! The calls NN2X is not a vanity call, just whatwas given at the time whenI passed the license. Passedmy license in1980, first call was KA2HXI then my advanced license KC2XH and finally NN2X (Yes indeed passed the 20 WPM).
The picture above, is XYL and myself in Bahrain.
My wife and I created the first International Telecom Company that took advantage of the deregulation in Telecom in the Arabic World (In Bahrain), the company is called MENATelecom. We sold our company and was celebrating in the above picture!
Below is my wife (Faith) and my 6 Year old son (Adam).Now you know why I am not so long on the Ham bands! (Married 18 Years, most recent picture), June / 2012.They keep me very busy, to say the least!
The shack below is a modest one
Kenwood 590S, QRO 2500DX AMP, Heil Mic Pro 30
Below is the Christmas tree set up, 10/15/20 Meters all Mono Banders and Hex Beam (17/15/12 Meter)
10 Meter 4 Element Force 12(12ft Boom)
15 Meter 3 Element Hygain (12.2" ft Boom)
20 Meter 3 Element Mosely (24 ft Boom)
12, 15and 17 Meter Hex Beam (K4KIO)
12,15, and 17Hex Beam (K4KIO)(Great antenna!)
Note Comparing the HEXeam 15 Meter with the 15 Meter Mono bander only 1/2 Sunit difference even though the hex beam is 3 meter lower height
Although I have a MBA, and BSEE, and I have every major Cisco Certificate (CCDP,CCNP,CCVP, CCIE voice, and Wireless), they are nothing compared the the below licenses!
Below licenses, (In 1980) had no political correctness, nor questioned pools, it was knowing the material!.What a concept!
First Class FCC Licence
(This I am most proud of, I passed this in 1980, and it was far greater achievement then my BSEE, or MBA, or the Cisco certs)
(This I am proud of passing, I passed this in 1980, and like the First Class FCC, it was far greater achievement then my BSEE, or MBA, or the Cisco certs)
Other FCC Licenses I passed(For fun!)
2nd Class Radio Telegraph
GMDSS Operator Lic
GMDSS Maintainer License
Local Economy (Why I am in Texas!)
Below is the House /2900Square FT, 4 Bedroom / 3 Baths, and only 200K (USD) / Brick Home. This is about the only place on the planet, where you can purchase a house, like the one below, while working in modest pay scale, meanwhile this area provides the lowest crime, one the highest SAT scores for schools, highest medium salaries, and most parks.Very conservative, religious location, strong families and community, (North Dallas), the results, this creates enormous amount of disposable income.I lived in 69 countries and all over the USA, this is the only place I know of, that has this economical situation (Basically you can work at any retail outlet, and afford a home)
Life History (Boring stuff!)
I had four breaks in my life.
1.) My wife (Faith) (My very best break in life!)
My luckiest day of I life is when I met Faith (Wife)!, Faith took me under her tuteldge, guidance, and I have been following her lead every since! Gorgeous and smart, what a package deal! I am truly blessed to find not only a partner in marriage, in life, but also in business, a very rare combination.Talking about marrying from the other side of the tracks!, and from what it is truly up town girl, I truly did that!
2.) Our Son (Adam)
Faith and I decided to produce a harmonic, our son was born in 2006 / Nov, Our son name is Adam (Picture on top).I am doing things backwards, 54 year old man, with a Very young XYL, and 6 year old! Adam, is the center of our small family and I have to say, what a thrill and happiness Adam brings to both of us.He likes Ham Radio.! But he is very busy with his teachers, sport activities, and of course he loves his IPAD!
I joined the Army in 1976, however only there for 3 years, the Army provided education, and put me through college, and provided a skill of Telecommunications! Was stationed in Europe for 3 years I was only 18 years Old, but this was a game changer for me, now armed with International experience, teaming skills, degreed, I was ready to make a dent in the world!
Here is the first day in the US Army (1976), and the me and the wife in Bahrain and the present picture!
This is our little Harmonic (Adam)!
Adam entering into the world!
9 Months (Adam)
Adam Investing with Dad
Wife and Son. PlayingTexanlook!
Father day's present
(He promises to change the world)! / For the better of course!
Running for office ( Conservative Republican) / He Won easily / His message, God, Family and Country! Familyand community is our back bone ofour country, rather then government!
Newsat is an Australian Satellite Company. What so special about them? They mean what they say, and say what they mean. A throw back from USA Generation of the 1950s! Although Newsat is cutting edge in technology, and the best team assembled, they have the special secrete sauce from the 1950s! I was very luck to have a chance to join their team, been there over 5 years!
Politics! (And how this effect my purchasing power for Ham Radio!)
Although from the USA, I have been out of the USA for about 35 years, I do come back about every 7 to 8 years, for an average stay of 1 or 2 years in the USA, each time it changes, Here is my view about the US (This has to be stated!), it impacts the amount of Ham equipment I can purchase in the future! This last time coming in to the USA (2009), it looks like a completely different country! Never seen anything like it! (Such enormous delta in change in government control, sense of entitlement, political correctness on steroids, to name a few)!
For my business (Satellite Communications), I do occasionally the analysis on how disposable income is created and sustained, so hence my concern! The current imposed ideology will dramatically change the disposable income here in the USA, might I add in a very short period of time! (Taxes has to be imposed on the middle class in a very large way, to head off the deficit), hence our disposable income should nearly be cut almost in half(Not much left for the Ham Equipment!) Or if the US Treasury prints money then the Kenwood 590S will not be 1500 (USD) but rather 10,000 (USD) (Inflation)
Sorry to digress, but it is like waking up one morning and coming into your ham shack, and seeing your beautiful Kenwood 590S being replaced with a 5 watt old CB radio! I Hope this works! I hope this CB Radio turn into a great Kenwood 590S!
I love this country but it has truly changed! I am hoping for real smart people in the think tank to change the laws of math, maybe with this new ideology there is some magical and fuzzy math that I did not pick while in college!
About my world travels
I lived or traveled through 69 countries, from Europe, Central Europe, X Soviet Union, Central Asia, Middle East, North and West Africa, Pacific Rim (Australia, China, Philippines, etc) My career has all been around Satellite Communications, from Satellite System design, sourcing funding for various projects, creating International Telecom companies, and selling & engineering systems for International Governments, US Military and Contractors etcWorked for Satellite Teleports, Satellite Manufacturers, and system integrators. Right now, work for an Australian company called Newsat (WWW.NEWSAT.COM), I am their VP of sales in the USA.Hence, I like working the VKs!
About the family!
We are very International, my son was born in Kuwait, and my beautiful wife (Faith) is from rare DX (CN land) more specifically Morocco.Faith is from a predominate family in Morocco, we met while she was translating for me in Morocco. I am from a third world country called New Jersey! After leaving NJ, I got my US passport, and recieved political asylum for the world!
Claim to Fame!
Faith and I created our first International Telecom company that took advantage of the deregulation in Telecom in Arabic world (Called MenaTelecom, www.menatelecom.com), providing High Speed Internet via 2 way satellite throughout North Africa and Middle East.Faith Managed, I sold services
About my QSOs!
If you hear me on the air, you will have to forgive me on the short QSOs, with a beautiful XYL, and young son(Adam), my time on Ham radio is low on the priority list!
C U on the air! Tom Wright,
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