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My roots in amateur radio began in 1966 as a Ground Radio Communications Technician for the US Air Force. My first assignment was with the 1936th Communications Squadron in the Azores. This mid Atlantic airbase was then a major HF hub in the military communications network between the US and Europe. During this time I was selected to work with the NASA Apollo Missions. In addition I provided communications support  for the Navy during the recovery of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion and deployment of the bathyscaph Trieste II. While assigned to the 1936th I was called upon by the MARS station to volunteer my time as their technician. My next assignment was the 729th Tactical Control Squadron at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL. I remained at MacDill for the duration of my military service.

In 1970 I entered the EE program at the University of South Florida. At the same time I was recruited by Honeywell Information Systems to work on the manufacturing of microwave systems, aircraft radar transponders, and various digital circuits. In the beginning of my Junior year I changed my major to Business and in 1974 graduated with a BA.

Since 1974 I have held a number of positions with Fortune 500 corporations. From 1978 until 1988 I worked for Chloride Inc and from 1985 to 1988 was a VP for Chloride Power Electronics. Our company manufactured transformers, switch mode power supplies, battery charging systems, and UPS systems. In 1988 I joined Black & Decker Corporation. In early 2000 upon leaving B&D I began working for venture capitalist (NYC) and became part of a team whose responsibility was to restructure bankrupt companies. In 2007 I joined Connecticut Natural Gas Corp where I worked until June 1, 2015. I am now retired and have moved back to my hometown of Stuart, Florida.

I am active in ARES, a SkyWarn Observer, and one of the Red Cross volunteers responsible for Communications in the South Florida Region.

My VHF / UHF equipment consist of an ICOM 2820H (D-Star), a Kenwood TK-762G, and a CS 800 (DMR) connected to a "Slim Jim" 2 meter or 70 cm antenna, both built by KB9VBR. The HT is a Icom IC-T7H or MD-380 (DMR). On the HF side is an ICOM 7800 and an ICOM 737A. Since I live in a HOA the antenna is a Zero-Five flagpole antenna.  Available for future use is an Alpha 374 linear (2 KW). I operate either voice or PSK31 when on HF. Since I most enjoy working on circuits I have a fair amount of test equipment. Currently I'm experimenting with SDR and Raspberry Pi. Available for field use is a S9v43 antenna and a Moxon 6 meter antenna. On the bench being restored is a Harris RF 301P manpack HF Transceiver. I'm told these are very rare Viet Nam era 100 watt radios. Also, I am restoring a BTI LK 2000 linear (which I can use to heat the house in the winter).

My wife says I have too many hobbies. For over 20 years I have been building scale model sailing ships, I was previously a Scuba Diving Instructor (PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer) specializing in underwater videography, a wood carver (see Eagle on the wall of my hamshack), a home shop machinist (EMCO lathe and milling machine) building working scale model steam engines, and last but not least an avid boater with a 26' cuddy that I use for offshore fishing. 

My Technician exam was conducted at ARRL HQ and my first HF contact as a HAM was at the console in the radio station shown in the picture and using the callsign W100AW on the last day of the Centennial. In 2015 I was one of several operators at the annual Stuart, Florida Air Show. I am in the top right corner of the N4A QSL card shown below.

The bottom picture was taken 50 years ago when I had two Collins R-390 receivers on the bench. All tubes and discrete components. My how times have changed!

 

 

 

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