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Hello fellow HAM,

My interest in radio and electronics started with my grandfather at the age of eleven. While visiting him, he always had many different types of radios, test equipment, tubes, crystals, scanners and electronic parts laying around. I couldn’t help but wonder how it all worked, which inspired me to learn more about them.

While studying electronics and working with radios it filled my mind with wonderment and knowledge.

My interests received additional attention while attending high school and the Lapeer County Vocational Technical School for two and half years in the electronics program, with the instructors Stu Glenn and John Basis along with working at the local Radio Shack with two local amateurs. I was able to get a good head start on learning some realistic functions of computers, consumer electronics, cell phones, amateur radios and customer expectations.

Through the vocational classes I achieved great work habits and studied hard to demonstrate my ability and desire to become the best I could be. Through my outstanding performance and perfect attendance, I showed my instructors my desire to better myself and learn all that I could. My instructors stated many times that I was following in the footsteps of my grandfather, who owned and operated his own radio and television repair shop in Imlay City.

After high school I attended ITT Technical Institute to further my education in electronics. I graduated with honors with an Associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering with applied Physics.

I have been very successful in my life at maintaining a career out of my interests in radio and electronics while fulfilling my desire of being an Electronics Engineering Technician / Hardware Engineer.

My interests today include amateur radio, trouble shooting analog and digital circuits, PCB design, antenna design, electromagnetic theory, radio wave propagation, electrical bench testing, EMC testing and operating radios with all the various modes of operation.

I presently have two stations set up within the house, two mobiles and many portables.

In the basement my station primarily runs on two large flooded lead acid batteries (U.S. Battery model US 2200 XC2 – 232Ah) maintained by an old Sorenson linear power supply, radios include a Kenwood TS-570D feeding an Alpha Delta DX-LB Plus multi-element dipole, a Kenwood TS-790A all mode VHF/UHF rig with two RF Concepts amplifiers inline feeding a Cushcraft A270-6S Yagi and an Icom IC-2820H for D-Star and local repeaters.

On the main floor of the house I have the same type old linear power supply powering two Kenwood TM-V71A's feeding a Diamond X-300 and a Diamond X-50, Kenwood R-5000 reciver connected to a Barker & Williamson's BWDS folded dipole, Tytera MD-380 feeding a Cushcraft A449-6S Yagi for DMR and two SharkRF openSPOT's used for D-Star and DMR.

Portable radios include an Icom IC-W32A, two Icom IC-92AD's, Yaesu VX-7R, Alinco DJ-X2000, a second Tytera MD-380 and another SharkRF openSPOT which connects to my phones hotspot via a portable TP-Links router.

Mobile #1 (2016 Ford Fusion) - Kenwood TM-V71A with a Diamond SG7500

Mobile #2 (2007 Ford Fusion) - Yaesu FT-8100R with a Diamond SG7500

Scanners around the compound include a Bearcat BC278CLT and a Realistic Pro-94 connected to a Diamond D130J, along with a Pro-2046, Pro-2039 and Bearcat BC144XL connected to thier own dedicated telescopic antennas.

I enjoy participating in SkyWarn, A.R.E.S. (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), R.A.C.E.S. (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service), A.R.P.S.C. (Amateur Radio Public Service Corps), and monthly club meetings in Lapeer and Oakland counties as time permits.

I'm primarily active on a handful of repeaters daily for my commute between work and home, they include Lapeer 146.620MHz -0.6 100Hz PL, Clarkston 146.840MHz -0.6 100Hz PL, Northville 443.100MHz +5.0 82.5Hz PL, West Bloomfield Hills 442.500MHz +5.0 107.2Hz PL, Warren 443.550  +5.0 107.2Hz PL and the GMARC Repeater 443.075 +5.0 123.0Hz PL. All of these repeaters have alot of very nice operators on them and are a pleasure to QSO with.

Meeting people and placing a face on those I talk with over the airwaves is always an honor and a very good way of meeting good intellectual like minded people. It is always a pleasure to meet a fellow amateur. We all have similar interests and learn from one another. I find there is no better hobby that has greater fellowship then amateur radio. I’m proud to be one of over 700,000 amateurs in our great country. 73’ Paul, AB8XL

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