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I got my ham license in 1983 when my good friend and Elmer Ed Hammond, WN1I, gave me an introduction to the hobby. My sincere thanks to him for his patience and diligence in helping me obtain my Novice License. He inspired me and gave me gentle words of encouragement. That’s the way it all started.

I worked 32 years as a Law Enforcement Officer. My first 6 years was as a Deputy Sheriff in the State of Florida and then I became a Police Officer with the Suffolk County Police Department in New York for 26 years. I retired in 2010 back to Florida.

With a good friend and fellow officer, Doug Lotten, N2JHO, we formalized a bunch of fellow hams within the Sufffolk County Police Department and adjoining agencies into the Suffolk Police Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) in 1989. The club is still going strong today and I am still a member. I participate regularly on the repeater thanks to Echolink and am a Net Control for the SPARC Net held each and every Monday night at 2000 hrs on the east coast. It is opened to anyone so feel free to join us at the AB2M conference server on Echolink.

The home station consists of a Icom 756 Pro III, a Yaesu FT-757, and a Kenwood TS-2000 with a Ameritron 811H amplifier. The tuner is a Palstar AT2K. I also have a Kenwood TS-520 and a TS-530 HF radio. You have to love those Hybrids! For UHF & VHF, I have my Icom 271A Two meter all mode with a Kenwood TM-733 which I use on 70 cm.

The HF antenna is a Cushcraft (pre-MFJ) A-4 tribander on a 40 foot Aluma-Tower crank up tower. I also have a Cushcraft 215WB VHF beam and a small Cushcraft A449-6S UHF beam on top.
For all other HF bands, I have a McCoy all bander dipole antenna up app 25 feet.

I am the Assistant Net Manager and Net Control Operator for the Maritime Mobile Service Network on 14.300 Mhz. Its great to be able to help all those mariners.

Ham Radio is a great hobby and more than that a great service. I owe a lot to this hobby and it always kept me “grounded” while I was experiencing some of the difficult sights and times in my career. I also have met so many great “hams” who truly became my best friends.

Not to sound scripted, but ham radio truly is a national resource which I enjoy each and every day! I am thankful for having this great service and hobby within my life.

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