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I have been a licensed Ham radio operator since the 1980's but I have been around Ham Radio and electronics my entire life. My father was a ham and a dyed in the wool gadget freak. I spent many hours as a child hunched over a table in the dead of a winters night copying CW with the old man wondering where THIS guy was from...? What is HIS life like?

Now days I am retired and live on a small farm in the middle of nowhere surround by cows in Chappell Hill Texas with my wife Jan – N5VGE. I am also a photographer, it helps keep me busy. I spend my days playing with antennas, the farm or napping on the porch watching the chickens hunt for bugs.

I retired from the computer business after almost 30 years. I went to school with people like Michael Dell. I helped usher in the age of the “Clone Computer”. I built, worked on and maintained communications systems and server farms that served literally hundreds of thousands of users all over the planet for everyone from the State of Texas, Haliburton, large insurance companies, Oil companies and even NASA. Now I try to keep out of my wifes way!

I am an educated professional computer geek, electronics hobbyist, Ham radio operator, avid shade-tree mechanic and once upon a time weekend drag racer. I grew up in the country, was educated in the ways and means of the USMC, went to college and moved to the city to make a living. I am a Texan who can trace his lineage back to the original settlers of Texas (We called them Texicans...).

In addition to being retired, I make my living off of agriculture, farming and ranching. I keep busy to the point where I wonder how I ever held down a regular job!
I used to race motorcycles, enjoyed trials riding, grew up around SCCA racing and had a lot of fun drag racing. I enjoyed the idea of actually jumping out of a perfectly good airplane - some call it SkyDiving, I call it emotional and physical release! I used to handle livestock and worked for a weekly Rodeo and still have a love of horses. Not much you could do would actually "scare me".
I am a certified "Advanced Open Water Diver" with additional certifications in Underwater photography, night diving, cave and cavern diving, underwater navigation,Wreck diving and I was working on my Rescue diver, Dive master and instructor certifications - now I want to just go explore new places.
Communications has been my hobby, my career and one of my lifelong passions.
I used to make jewelry and enjoyed cutting gemstones into beautiful works of art. Working with stone and metal is a relaxing hobby that I never have enough time to pursue. It feeds my artistic side.

I used to operate a lot on satellites and ATV as well as the local packet radio network. But now days I spend my time on HF mostly, talking on SSB on 10m or PSK31 on various bands.

The gear in the shack includes a Kenwood TS-440s and an Icom IC-275H driven by a Sony Vaio laptop and Signalink USB interfaces.

Antennas include a 10m 3 element beam, 2m 9 element SSB beam, Hustler 5BV, G5RV 160m dipole and a Solarcon 10 meter vertical. I have numerous other antennas that I use for VHF/UHF for various purposes like AMSATs.

When mobile I use a Yaesu 857D with a ATAS120 antenna on my Toyota FJ.

lately, I have been tinkering with wireless networking over the microwave ham bands.  Please checkout http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/

For more info, checkout www.n5mbm.net on the web!

Locus Solus via ducit nos in finem. - The path only leads us to the end.

73 de Bill - N5MBM


I love working on towers!

I love working on towers!

My tower at home.

Working on my tower at home.

The old shack back in 1987!

The old shack back in 1987!

The shack as it looks today...

The shack as it looks today...


The new antennas installed on 5/16/2014 with the help from some hams with the Brenham Amateur Radio Club

The new antennas installed on 5/16/2014 with the help from some hams with the Brenham Amateur Radio Club.  A 1.2/440/2m vertical on top with a 220 beam, a 1.2 loop yagi and a 2m and 70cm FM beam.  Living out in the sticks makes having a beam mighty handy!  All of this is on a 25 year old 30 ft. Rohn-Spaulding stamped steel tower that has been recently reconditioned and erected at the home QTH.

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