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Hello fellow Amateur Radio Operator,

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, it always filled my mind with wonderment and knowledge, which inspired me to learn more.

While operating many different types of radios growing up, my interests in electronics gained additional attention while attending vocational classes through the Lapeer County Vocational Technical School during high school, I spent two and half years in their 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 fairly good start on learning electronics fundamentals, computers, consumer electronics, cell phones and customer expectations.

Through the vocational classes I achieved great work habits and studied hard to demonstrate my ability and desire to learn as much as I could. Through my outstanding performance in class and perfect attendance in school, 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 went on to college to advance my education in electronics to become the engineering technician I wanted to be. I gained 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 / Engineer.

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

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

In the basement my station primarily runs from two large flooded lead acid batteries (U.S. Battery model US 2200 XC2 – 232Ah) maintained by an older Sorenson 30A 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 radio with two RF Concepts amplifiers inline feeding a Cushcraft A270-10S Yagi and an Icom IC-2820H feeding a Diamond X-300 for D-Star and local repeaters.

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

Portable HT radios include an Icom IC-W32A, two Icom IC-92AD's, Yaesu VX-7R, Yaesu FT-60R, Alinco DJ-X2000, a second Tytera MD-380 and another SharkRF openSPOT which connects to my phones hotspot via a portable TP-Links router.

Both of my mobiles (2007 Ford Fusion & 2016 Ford Fusion) have the same setup with a Kenwood TM-V71A & an Icom ID-880H with a Diamond SG7900 antenna for each radio, at times I do switch to a SG7500 if I know I'll be in and out of the garages.

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

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.

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, K8DXA D-Star 145.130MHz, 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, 145.210 123.0Hz PL. All of these repeaters have alot of very nice operators on them and are a pleasure to QSO with.

It's always a pleasure to meet a fellow amateur. We all have similar interests in the hobby 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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