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I enjoying using my radio skills to help out my neighbors and community. I am a member of the Orange County,NY ARES, RACES, and National Weather Service Skywarn program. I usually monitor the Middletown, NY 146.760 repeater (pl 100).

In 1993, after some nudging from two close co-workers who were hams, I became an amateur radio operator. A month later I joined the local combined ARES, RACES, Skywarn group.

Electronics has been part of my life since I was 4 years old. My Dad worked for the phone company. He'd bring home old phones that he would take apart on the bench in the basement, showing me how it worked and how to connect parts up to create simple voice powered intercom systems. He'd bring home discarded TV set chassis, sometimes a wire recorder or radio, repairing many of the units with simple tube changes, letting me join in on the fun of scrapping unrepairable units, removing useable parts to be stored in cigar boxes for future projects. I watched him from a careful distance as he built popular kits of the early 1960's, many to compliment his interest in reel to reel tape recording,  a Heathkit SW receiver, VTVM, EICO FM tuners and test equipment, and Lafayette tube amplifier. My Great Grandfathers basement was filled with receiving wonders of the 1920s', many partly disassembled Crosleys and names long forgotten. One of his Atwater Kent breadboard receivers has a spot on a shelf in my shack.

In high school I decided I wanted to be an Electrician. I took academic courses in the morning and attended vocational high school in the afternoon. The Electrical Trades Instructor was a ham. The roof of his GMC surburban was an antenna farm. He had old Heathkit gear scattered around the classroom. When I graduated in the mid 1970's with  academic and vocational high school diplomas the economy offered no job for electricians.

I signed up for the 2 year Electrical Technology courses offered at my local community college. The courses were taught by former teachers at RCA Institute in New York City. The professors were hams, broadcast engineers, and industry professionals. Some of the work study time was scheduled at local businesses like BSR, other times we found ourselves in our professors home work shops, learning how to repair police radar guns, old Motracs, and CB radios.

I found a job with a division of Western Union in Mahwah, NJ. I worked in the electronics test and repair shop. Trained on many different products including the old KSR 33 Teletypes, attending training courses on the then state of the art Model 40 Teletypes at the Skokie, IL Teletype plant, programming EPROMS and ROMS for system controllers, and alot of other neat stuff. It was fun working at Western Union, I was planning on getting married. The pay would not support our needs. 

I joined IBM in 1979, spending 3 months in Chicago for basic training on main frame I/O devices, 1403 printer, 2821, 3330, 3333, 2540 reader punch, 3803, 3420 tape drives. A few months later I spent another few weeks in Kingston, NY for training on the System 370 3168 water cooled mainframes. Over the years I got to work with many great people and interesting products, everything from the cash registers in the cafeteria to 3800 laser printers the size of two minivans parked front to back. Today I work with databases and GIS mapping programs from home, providing information for managers to run the business.

I got bit by the PC bug in 1981. I ran a popular landline BBS on Fidonet in the late 1980's thru  early 1990's called the Red Onion Express that served over 500 global shortwave and scanner listeners. You can still find messages from the BBS today by doing a Google groups search. I still build my own PC systems today, preferring to create a computer that meets my needs rather than use one that meets a specific price point and profit margin.

 Electronics and electricity have been in my blood for 5 decades, not always amateur radio related but has all been a fun part of life.

Steve   

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