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I've been a radio hobby guy since I was 9 years old. Did lots of SWL as a kid plus built a lot of Heathkits.

Trained in the US Army as a Radio Teletype Operator (05C20) and left Vietnam in '69 as a RTTY Team Chief (SGT E-5 05C40).

Worked for rf communications, later Harris RF in the 1970's building land mobile and marine VHF/UHF radios and then moved around to a couple of other electronic manufacturers in the Rochester, NY area. Finally ended up dispatching for Rochester-Monroe County 9-1-1 and finished a full career there in 2003. I helped build the 911 program up there and participated in lots of special projects along the way. I also spent many hours teaching new dispatchers and occasionally more than a few first responders.

I've been an EMT since 1973 and belonged to East Rochester VAC, Henrietta VAC, Southeast Quadrant MCCU, West Bloomfield VAC, and currently Town of Northampton (NY) Ambulance service. I'm also a Deputy EMS Coordinator here in Fulton County.

The Army trained me in code and I should have snagged a ham ticket way back then when I still knew di from dah. I'll have to find a key and play with it just to see if it comes back like everyone says it will.

Anyway, earning my Tech license has been on my bucket list for over 55 years and I finally got around to it while I still have my health and sanity.

I'm already in pretty good shape for 2M and 70CM equipment for mobile use, at least for starters. I have Motorola CDM1250's on both bands in the truck. They have a wide enough spread that I can run ham and public safety in the same radio without issue. I suppose when I get down tweaking them for better ham use I might run into some challenges, but for now I've got a good start. Here's driver's view of the truck all set up:

The CDM on the right hand side of the console is going to be remoted when I get the time, placing the control head up on the dash alongside the VHF head already there. The 7" screen is an aftermarket reverse view camera that can handle 3 three inputs plus a DVD player or similar. Again, when time permits, I'll add a camera to the back of our fifth wheeler.

The truck itself is a '12 Ford F250 Super Duty equipped for fifth wheel towing and emergency response for EMS and ambulance calls. I've added an aftermarket GPS and installed the XM satellite receiver that I had in my previous truck plus a nice JVC HD radio. Other custom stuff includes a Blue Sea dual USB outlet in place of one of the 12v outlets and I shifted the factory auxilary switching from ignition control to always hot. The dash light is gone in favor of an interior light bar at the top of the front window. It's also got grille lights in the front and hideaway LED emergency lighting in the tail lights. There's a traffic advisor and more emergency lighting across the top of the rear window plus wig-wag flashers in the side windows of the rear doors.

The bed of the truck has a large tool box and the mounting rails for the removable fifth wheel hitch.

Right now, there's just a couple of quarter wave antennas on the roof, one for VHF and the other for UHF. I used black ones to maintain a stealthy appearance. We'll see how things work out when I move to gain antennas.

My wife, Gail, and I are both avid campers. We've moved from tents to pop-ups to travel trailers, and now into a 36' fifth wheeler with four slide-outs. It really is an apartment on wheels.

I took this picture on the trailer's maiden voyage to Northampton Beach State Campground in the Adirondacks. It looks the same today. Hard to believe we've had it for 3 1/2 years already.

We live in the Adirondacks on a large lake a the southern end of the park. Our house is in the village, but the lake is just a short stroll away. I can hook up the boat and have it in the water in 10 minutes. The State boat launch is just across the mouth of the river from the village, maybe a half mile away at most.

Just for fun, I found this old Radio Operator's Permit stuffed in a box of mementos:

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