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 enjoy the whole audio production side of the business.
One constant mentor was K8PUM, now K8HV. Bob Lawrence was my guide to the theory, physics, electronics and the 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, work, marriage, family and so on.
Many years later, in October of 2014, I got my long awaited start in amateur radio.
Good things come to those who wait.
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 (I just love the pretty waterfall). Once we leave the transmitter, I count on a Palstar AT2K tuner to introduce RF to a Buckmaster OCF Dipole; the apex of which is currently suspended 32 feet above ground.
Interestingly, the Drake TR-4 rig I mentioned above was built about when I began my radio career in the 70's. Funny how things work out.
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/ ).
While I'm only serving up 100 or 200 watts, when the bands are open you'll find me on 80, 40 and 20. Most evenings, I'm on 3.916 enjoying the nets that bring so many of us together.
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