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I balance lifelong loves of radio and music.  

I spent my youth learning to play loud guitar, and have continued to do so for the past 50 years.  A graduate of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, I taught instrumental, vocal, and general music for 32 years at Norwood-Norfolk Central School in St. Lawrence county in the real 'upstate' NY. I still crank up the guitar most weekends in any of several different ensembles or as a soloist.

As a youth I was inspired by my uncle Bill Hayton (K8ROI, sk) to dabble in radio and electronics, and have always enjoyed the smell of solder (especially the old Kester brand) but never got the hang of the code, so my ham days were put off.  I did become a radio announcer while in college, and have pursued that course a couple different times in my adult career, in and around my music teaching.  In 1992 I got the no-code tech ticket, and a local ham invited me to his shack, where he keyed up a 15 watt 10 meter radio, and chatted with England.  He reminded me that I only needed 5 wpm code for that. It was the right kick in the pants at the right time, and I quickly got to 5 wpm.  The ice broken, I worked my way through all the levels.  

After my retirement from teaching, I became a full time radio morning announcer/musician, and also chief engineer at WPDM and WSNN radio in Potsdam NY, until retiring from that in 2013. (4 in the morning is WAY too early to be getting up on a regular basis).

Health and other circumstances led to a several year hiatus from Ham radio, but I picked it back up again in 5/2015, with the help of a few local hams and the enouragement of my lovely wife, Debbie.

I enjoy a lot of the Ham spectrum:  HF, voice and digital, along with VHF voice and satellite contacts.

My latest addition to the shack is an Icom Ic-9100, which I'm putting to work all across the spectrum.  At any given time I also may be using any of these:  Yaesu FT-847, Yaesu FT450-D, Kenwood TS-440S, Icom 706MKIIG, and various and sundry VHF/UHF fm rigs.  My antennas include a combo 40/20 dipole, 80 mtr dipole, Cushcraft R7 vertical, some homebrew cross Yagis for the sats, a something-or-other dual band V/UHF vertical, a something-or-other 2 meter Yagi, and various other bits of wire and PVC.

I'm a member of the North Country Amateur Radio Club, based in Potsdam NY.

By the way - Andrew is the 'proper' name, but only my now-sainted mother and various legal agencies use that.  'Andy' is just fine.  

If you're so inclined, check out my personal non-ham website.

73, tnx for reading!

 

(Be it ever so humble..)

 



 

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