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Went in the Air Force as a Communication Systems Operator, 1974. 1st job was a base telephone switchboard, then telecommunications center operator, then to a Forward Air control post. Mainly operated teletype. Later I volunteered for Airborne Radio Operator on E-3 AWACS, 1979. Spent many years flying operationally (964th 1979-1983, 966th 1983-1984, 961st  1984-1987) then spent the last 7 years of my career doing test and development for the E-3 at Det 1 Seattle, Wa (Boeing Field). Was medically retired in 1994 and have been disabled since.

First got into radio's in the 70's with CB. Was living in Tucson, Az and the time. You had to have a license for CB back then. Got into trouble with the FCC by transmitting on my CB before my license came.  Had to right a 2 page report of why I was transmitting without a license. Later I got heavy into scanners and computers, modifing them to do what I wanted.

1st got my Ham license in 1992. Was heavely involved with setting up and running a mobile commucnications command post for the Pierce County Search and Rescue and the Dept of Emergency Management. Did several searches in the Cascade Mountains and some forest fires in Eastern Washington. Even got called on a few times for some SWAT missions. During this time I helped maintain and control a repeater on Grass Mountain that covered much of Western Washington.

Currently running a Icom ID-5100 mobile. I use it for local VHF/UHF and when traveling I have a Raspberry Pi with DVMega installed in the rear of the vehicle so I can connect thru my Cell Phone WiFi and talk DStar anywhere in the world. At home I have a TS-2000 and Ic-7100.

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