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I use my middle name for non-formal communications. If you have heard me introduce myself on the air as "Dale", that's correct. It's simply my second name.

Interested in radio-electronics since age six. It all began by studying a toy electric motor constructed with a clear plastic housing. Earned a commercial radiotelephone license (first class with radar endorsement) at age 17. Worked my way up from cameraman to chief engineer at a small UHF TV station. Next career was software engineering from 1982-2007 with two Fortune-500 corporations. Now in my third career as Director of Engineering for market leading AM/FM commercial station. Short video of one of our transmit sites

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Amateur license came in 2005 after both sons raised through childhood.

Active in Boy Scouts and Venturing. Advisor for Crew 73. Camping is wonderful, but only in the winter, spring, summer or fall. I do as many visits to Scout events as time permits, taking along a 100 watt HF station. Today's youth lead very active lives, I'm glad to help make ham radio a part of their activities. Have taught Radio Merit Badge (solo and in a team) to many dozens of Scouts. Venturing Crew 73 constructed a ham station KT8BSA at our local Council's camp, where Radio Merit Badge is taught seven weeks each summer.

Held various officer positions with the Canton Amateur Radio Club (www.w8al.org), am now the club's President. I really value the friends I've made in our club and on the air. It amazes me how a tenuous electromagnetic wave can bring people together and help to create strong friendships.

Favorite parts of ham radio are outdoor operations at Boy Scout camps, Field Day, on hikes, and operating from off-beat locations. For example, 2-meter aero mobile on a B-17G.

In the shack, am using a Kenwood TS-480SAT, with a Kenwood TS-820S as backup. Transceiver feeds a Heath SB-221 amplifier, then into a Heath SA-2060 tuner. A homebrew HF vertical and a few commercial VHF-UHF antennas complete the shack.

 If you work me from a Scout activity, mention this on your QSL card, and I'll return a small BSA memento with my card.

73 de Dale

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