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I have been a ham since 1972 in El Paso, Texas with first call of WN5JXY (Novice), (Vince Sparacino taught me morse code with an old paper tape code generator at Ft Bliss, TX if anyone alive remembers him) then I upgraded to TECH with call WA5JXY.

I currently hold a FCC General Class license as W7FED.

Here I am in my old hamshack in El Paso;

WA5JXY Hamshack approx 1990

I remember sitting on top of the Franklin mountains in El Paso, Texas about 25 years ago. I was playing "briefcase packet" from the top of the mountain (4692 feet ASL). You can see three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua Mexico) and two countries (US, Mexico) from up there !

Neil W7FED playing briefcase packet on top of Mt. Franklin in El Paso, Texas

I was one of the first in the country (especially El Paso) to get on PACKET RADIO. (Waaaaay before the internet. Actually pre-Compuserve and 300 baud dial-up modem!) Packet radio isn't as popular as it used to be (except for APRS and some new digital modes), but I sure enjoyed building one of the FIRST PACKET Bulletin Board System (Xerox 820 CP/M - W0RLI software). I also helped build the FIRST DIGIPEATER in El Paso with a home-built GLB PK1-L TNC (with Dave W5DBC-SK) as well as the FIRST Modem/Packet BBS cross-link and the ELPWX Packet-Based "WeatherNode", and even a PORTABLE PACKET System in a briefcase (utilizing a GLB-PK1L TNC and a Radio Shack Model 100 portable computer. (see above).

I have enjoyed many modes of Amateur radio over the years including RTTY, AMTOR, Packet, AM, SSB, FM, and Satellite.

I used to be very active on FM VHF/UHF repeaters and the TRASH linked repeater system (10 repeaters/sites) that the El Paso TRASH group and I built, but all sites/repeaters have been shut down and sold due to my recent career move. Just can't move all that stuff across the country!


I do not have any radios on the air currently. Ham radio makes me ANGRY now. Everyone is cussing, causing INTENTIONAL interference, Playing back of recorded voices/noises and looping them constantly (14.313). I do NOT see any purpose of "Contesting". Using a digital recording with an automatic push to talk to repeat the word CONTEST and your call over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over for hours and just to what? To "exchange a signal report" and then do the same thing over and over and over and over, etc. WTF?

That is NOT ham radio!


Hey, did you  hear? - Radio Shack just filed backruptcy!

You say "Bad Management"!

You say "All they had is Cell Phones"!.

Well, you know who KILLED Radio Shack?

(If you haven't bought ANYTHING OTHER than CELL PHONES and CELL ACCESSORIES in the past 5 years)


Radio Shack was one of my earliest electronics memories. I memorized EVERYTHING in their store and catalogs! (that along with Lafayette, Olsen and MANY others).

I couldn't afford any of their audio equipment, even when a NICE Stereo Receiver went on sale for $99.95. I would just go to the store and listen to it. It sounded GREAT (to me). That store (at Bassett Center in El Paso) kick-started my 40+ year CAREER in Electronics and Communications!

It is very sad to see it go, but hey, everyone now-a-days just wants to go buy it on-line for the cheapest price (and don't forget the FREE SHIPPING!) and they DON'T CARE WHO DESIGNED IT, WHO MADE IT, WHO SELLS IT, or WHO FIXES IT.

NO ONE even cares WHO WRITES THE SOFTWARE for the microprocessors that RUN OUR WORLD!

Daily, you hear about DATA BREACH, HACKING, Unauthorized access to personal and confidential account information.


But you NEVER SAY "Let's write all the software code HERE in the USA do you?


That, my friends is the ONLY way to start to limit who can get into our data.

(You do realize that all the software written overseas has BACKDOORS written into them right? - Oh, how DUMB you must feel right now KNOWING the biggest threat to the USA is software piracy and backdoors).


(I don't feel sorry for you loosing ALL of your personal data and financial information).





I currently support Motorola ASTRO P25 trunking radio systems.

73 de W7FED (ex WA5JXY) Neil

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