I grew up in Wyoming and obtained my Ham license there. I have also lived in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Colorado. I went to the University of Wyoming in Civil Engineering and worked in the mining industry for several years. While I was in that industry, I survived many layoffs. Even though I didn't get layed off, I was always worried that I would, so I switched industries in 1986 to the computer field. I now am a UNIX Systems Administrator.
I have worked for both small and large companies. NOAA, Rockwell Collins (successor to Collins Radio), Hewlett Packard, IBM, Dish, among others.
I have several hobbies. Ham Radio, Archery, Shooting, and Rubik's Cube (can solve the cube in 2 minutes).
I have recently become involved with DStar. I upgraded my Yaesu FT-60 to an Icom ID-51A Plus. I also set up a DSTAR Hotspot consisting of a Raspberry Pi 2, UHF DVAP, and a 20,000 mAh battery. I use the DStar Commander distribution on the Pi. I just upgraded to version 2.0 of DSTAR Commander which now supports the Raspberry Pi 3.
I belong to the Parker Radio Association in Parker, Colorado which has the W0CFI analog repeater on 448.675. We also have a DSTAR repeater K0PRA on 446.850 and a DSTAR Reflector at XRF223B.
Here are a few pictures of antennas at two of the places I have worked:
This is a picture from 2001 of the Rockwell Collins Antenna Farm in Cedar Rapids, IA. I worked there from 1999-2012.
Another picture from 2001 of the Rockwell Collins Antenna Farm.
Last picture of the Rockwell Collins Antenna Farm, this one from just before they tore it down to make room for more office buildings.
This is the QSL card for the Collins Amateur Radio Club.
This is the the type of antennas that they have at another place I have worked. You can tell how big these are by comparing the size of the cars in the photo...
N7HHI, Scott Showalter
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