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I am 70 years old and retired from a rather varied career in electronics, radio, radar, broadcasting and computers.  This is a bit of how I got here.


I can clearly remember when I, as a ten year old, purchased the August 1957 issue of Popular Electronics at the local news stand.  The 35 cents I spent that day started me on a lifetime learning experience.  Reading “The Adventures of Carl and Jerry” or trying to understand Lou Gardners “Transistor Topics” each month provided me with a basic knowledge of Electronics by the time I finished High School.  My first receiver was a Knight-kit 'Space Spanner' that my dad and I assembled.  I listened to foreign broadcast and amateur stations.  Other test equipment and Hi-fi kits followed.  I studied Sams "Broadcast Engineering Notebooks" until they were nearly worn out.  I knew I wanted to be a Broadcast Engineer.


First though, came a tour in the United States Air Force (SAC), and technical school as an Automatic Tracking Radar Technician (303X3) increased my electronics knowledge.  Then I was off to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war.  In 1968 I passed the examination for my First Class Radio-Telephone Operator License (now called GROL) at the FCC field office in Philadelphia.  A bit later I added the Radar Endorsement.


After returning to civilian life, I began my career as a Broadcast Engineer, working at a number of AM, FM, and TV stations in Pennsylvania, New York State, and Montana.  My passion for sound led to work as a recording and disk mastering engineer.  Additional college in pursuit of a Computer Science degree resulted in yet another career change.  I worked for Western Electric Allentown Works (later Lucent, Agere, LSI) eventually advancing to Member of Technical Staff.  I was a UNIX system administrator and also developed software to support the manufacture and testing of Large Scale Integrated Circuits.


All this while I wanted to be a Ham as well, but it wasn’t until 1994 when I took and passed the Tech-Plus exam and received by call N3SXI.  After retiring, I finally upgraded to General, and finally Extra Class.


I use a Yaesu FT-991 into an off-center fed dipole, and a Mac computer for digital modes and logging functions.  I work 40 thru 6 Meters on SSB, CW (my fist needs improvement), and recently JT-65.  I log contacts to QRZ.com as they happen, and upload to LOTW frequently.


Thanks, and hope to meet you on the bands.






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