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Drew is an IT professional.  His career has spanned nearly three decades with the US Forest Service.  His earlier years before High school is where his interests in electronics, computers, and radio began.  He credits his dad for introducing the concepts of electric motors.  He credits his older brother for allowing him to "tear apart" his toys.  And he credits his grandfather for the introduction of computers.  To paraphrase, he says that he bugged his grandfather to buy him a timex sinclair 1000 computer build kit from GI Joes (sporting goods, electronics, etc. store that is sadly gone.)

It wasn't until late 1993 that Drew finally made the commitment to study and take the Novice and Technician exams.  Finally, He received his Technician ticket in january 1994 while living in New Mexico.  He then set out with full energy to get oriented with Ham radio in the VHF realms.  His first "Rig" was (and he still has it) an HTX-202 2 meter hand held.  He says that radio is still his favorite radio.  His interests and studies in Ham radio immediately lead him to building his first homebrew yagi antenna, kit radio (FX-146), and then burgeoning Packet radio technolgy (MJF-1270c).

We asked Drew for specific interests that he would like readers to know.  He is interested in:

  • Packet Radio (he hopes that makes a return)
  • HF (Just CW for now until he gets "promoted" to General class)
  • DMR
  • D-Star
  • APRS
  • P25
  • Note: with DMR and D-Star he is interested in experimenting with homebrewing equipment so that older FM gear can be re-utilized and used on DMR and D-Star.
  • VLF SID monitoring (Very Low Frequency, Sudden Ionispheric Disturbances)
  • Arduino
  • STM32 Development
  • RoIP (Radio Over IP)
  • Weather (monitoring weather with electronic instruments and receiving satellite images)

He says "Hams today should not forget the true spirit of Ham radio and should do more experimentation. Or just plainly... getting out the soldering iron and down to business." 

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