Hi, Mike here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thanks for stopping by.
My fascination with radio began way back in the early 1950's when I remember the magnificent Zenith TransOceanic shortwave radio my father enjoyed in the living room. We would sometimes sit there for hours listening to the news and programs from countries all around the world. Although shortwave radio programming has changed over the years the fascination with radio continues to evolve to this day.
I was fortunate to begin my career in radio right after high school, working as a part-time broadcast engineer for a major AM/FM radio station here in Philadelphia. The experience provided me with a solid foundation. Then, after several years, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the cold war with the Strategic Air Command 308th Communications Squadron supporting primary HF/VHF/UHF radio communication links.
After leaving the Air Force I attended Drexel University and I've had a very satisfying career in public safety/industrial radio communication systems engineering and development, working for several multi-national corporations over the years.
I reside on the western 'City Line' of Philadelphia, in the Wynnefield Heights section, on a small lot which limits antenna space but I manage to make the best of the situation using a half-size G5RV for HF and horizontally polarized M2 yagi antennas for SSB 2m/70cm respectively, along with a Diamond discone antenna which serves reasonably well on 6m when the band is open.
I've been having fun with Amateur Radio since the early 1980's and I enjoy operating all modes especially HF QRP at sunrise/sunset depending upon which band is most active at that time. Making a satellite QSO is fun too, notably when hiking or backpacking with my very understanding wife. I'm also active with Amateur Fast Scan/Slow Scan Television, progressing toward Amateur Digital TV, and lately I've been having a lot of fun with the digital modes, mostly JT65/JT9 and PSK31.
I enjoy exchanging and collecting QSL cards and no return envelope or postage is necessary.
SWL reports are always welcome.
I hope to meet you on the airwaves and if you hear my CQ please give me a call and QSL.
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