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Well, it all started in the 1970’s at a small 1kW radio station in East Liverpool, Ohio. There, I began my journey to radio engineering and media production because of my Dad, Harry, and my brother, Bob. Both were a big part of my career and I'm fortunate to have had such enthusiastic cheerleaders.

As a teenager, I was quite fortunate to work with some mentors (who likely felt more like baby sitters) that showed me the ropes of engineering a commercial radio station. I especially loved the RF side of things, but eventually began to focus on the audio production side of the business.

One consistent mentor was K8PUM, now K8HV. Bob Lawrence was my enthusiastic guide to the theory, physics, electronics and heart of ham radio. He encouraged me to study for my licence, but I was so worried about passing the Morse code test, I kept putting it off. Then I moved off to college, grad school, career, marriage, family and so on.

Many years later, in October of 2014, I received my long awaited start in amateur radio.

In the shack, I'm running a steady and reliable Kenwood TS-450S (thanks, NU5F). Right beside it is the mighty Drake TR-4 (thanks, K0MDM). Also employing an SDRplay with HDSDR software for receiving. Adjusting the power as needed is an Ameritron 811H (thanks to K9YQQ for keeping the 811H and the Drake alive). Escorting everything out of the shack is a Palstar AT2K tuner feeding a Buckmaster OCF Dipole; the apex of which is currently suspended 32 feet above ground.

My audio chain includes a Rode NT1 microphone feeding a DBX 286s processor which leads to a DBX 131s EQ and flows through a homebrew audio distribution network to switch my mic and key to either the Kenwood or the mighty Drake TR-4.

I'm a member of two great amateur radio clubs; the Arlington Amateur Radio Club ( http://k5sld.com/ ) and the Denton County Amateur Radio Association ( http://dcara.net/ ).

When the bands are open you'll find me on 80, 40, 20 and 17. Most evenings, I'm on 3.916 enjoying the nets.

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