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I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My family moved from Milwaukee to Louisville, KY, and then to Richmond, VA. I consider Richmond HOME, as that's where I spent the "formative years" of my life.

I got my amateur license through the efforts of the Huguenot High School Amateur Radio Club in 1966. In 1967 I went off to Virginia Tech to pursue my Electrical Engineering degree. During and after college, I worked as a Broadcast Engineer for WRVA / WRVQ in Richmond, starting as a staff transmitter engineer and working my way up to Chief Engineer. Working on the 50 KW transmitters at WRVA was probably the most fun I've had on any job. I LOVE that HIGH POWER! In 1978 I left WRVA to work for International Tapetronics Corp in Bloomington, Illinois, designing broadcast reel-to-reel and cartridge tape recorders. ITC was a great place to work, but I didn't care much for the Illinois winters, so I moved to Atlanta in 1981 and took an engineering position with Lanier Business Products.

After about 3 years with Lanier I moved to Intelligent Systems Corp (later became Intecolor) where I worked for 18 years. Intecolor was bought out by Rockwell Automation in 1996 and was eventually shut down in September of 2001. I then went to Motorola Energy Systems Group in Lawrenceville GA where I worked for 12 years before retiring in October of 2014.  Now I enjoy collecting and restoring vintage radio gear, especially 1950's classic receivers.  

Hobbies besides ham radio include motorcycle riding, photography, astronomy, working on cars, and designing electronic gadgets.  I have two children, a daughter Christine (WB4CZK) born in 1989 and a son Ricky born in 1992. I was delighted when Christine got her Technician license and got my old call (WB4CZK) through the Vanity Callsign program.  My son Rick has shown some interest in getting licensed so I'm hoping to eventually get him on the air too.  

Life is good. Very good!

Rev: AB4CZ - Sat Oct 10 19:53:32 1998

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