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Generally use my middle name "Tom" for fun things like ham radio (except on legal documents like FCC licenses).

Started as an SWL in mid 50's with a Hallicrafters S38B in 2-Land. Passed the code test at the Buffalo office of FCC on 3rd try (terrible echo in that room) and built my first transmitter from salvaged parts and a pair of 6L6's by my 12th birthday.. Moved with my parents to 3 land and later 4 land. I did not get on the air much while relocating often and Novice ticket(s) expired.

Developed a lifelong interest in communications and electronics from ham radio. I had an uncle in Ham radio but rarely saw him and did not know many local Hams. (Not being able to drive as a kid really limited where I got to go). My first real mentor or elmer was Jerry Wichner, K4ALW, a local radio announcer and very active Ham. I got to work with him at a couple of radio stations while in high schoool. And between Ham radio, electronics and broadcasting that set my future plans.

I got my BS in Broadcasting from theUniversity of Florida and worked in radio and TV while there. I was there when Playboy named it the #1 party school in the US. And between cars, girls and really good parties, Ham Radio got lost. Worked for many years in Radio-TV broadcasting in front of and behind the mike and camera and on repairing equipment and in the control room. Worked mostly in Albuquerque and Miami.

I also worked in automotive repair and am an ASE certified Master Automotive Technician and Heavy Duty Truck Technician. Mostly I worked on the electronics side of things fixing issues with the various computer control systems. And developing interfaces to link and test these systems with personal computers. And developed and taught training classes for several diagnostic equipment manufacturers.

Licensed again in the 1970's as KA4GSK and vey active in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) Florida for many years. Served as Vice-Presient of Broward Amateur Radio Club and Chairman of Broward Hamfest.  Very much into CW and early computer control of rigs (much of which I programmed myself). This also got me into building computers and working on the electronics in them. Active in contests and chasing DX. Then kids came along and lots of job changes and QTH moves and ham equipment spent more time on the shelf than on the air. The tower and beams spent more time horizontal on the ground and in storage than in the air. Finally sold most of it while it was still usable for someone else. Even though I can not pit it up in my HOA I still wish I had that 100 ft Alumna tower in storage.

Later worked in the computer industry mostly designing and building redundant high end servers where downtime was not an option. And got to learn programming in a number of languages. I was one of the first to get Microsoft Certified and now have those in many areas along with certifications from other manufacturers.Ham Radio got "lost" in the process of working 60+ hour weeks and both Commercial and Ham licenses expired again (notice a pattern?).

Finally in 2010 I retook the Amateur exams Tech to Extra at one session and will be sure to renew when due. Slowly building up a more modern shack. Really enjoy having a little time to get on the air while learning ways to get around community restrictions on antennas.

Primarily interested in HF, computer control, SDR, homebrew, DX and Contests. I like paper QSL cards and certificates and awards.  I work phone, digital and CW in that order.

Member of ARRL, RSGB, RCA, AWA, QCWA, AMSAT, QRPARCI, West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group, Palms West Amateur Radio Club, Jupiter Lighthouse Radio Group, the Florida East Coast DX Club, HandiHams, ARES and CERT.

President of the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group for 2011 and 2012 and we were named the Club of the Year at Dayton in 2013. www.wpbarc.com  www.wpbarc.com/ws4fsm

ARRL and Laurel VE

ARRL and W5YI Instructor - Teaching Technician, General and Extra classes along with Morse Code, Basic Radio and Electronics, Antenna Design and Testing, Soldering, Building and Repairing equipment and more at the South Florida Science Center.

Administrator for the K4WPB D-Star repeater and gateway. (This happens when you raise your hand to the question "Who knows anything about Linux?")

Very passionate about getting young people (under 17) involved in Ham Radio and electronics by integrating technologies between radio, computers, Robotics, creativity, social media, educational and career opportunities.

ARRL Southern Florida Section Assistant Section Manager for Youth Activities www.sflarrl.org

General Manager of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. www.qcwa.org

You can also find me on LinkedIn searching for Tom Loughney or AJ4XM

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