As a Ham, W2RWA was first licensed (WB2KHH) a Technician in 1963 while attending S.U.N.Y Oswego, BS 1963. Earned a MS Degree at S.U.N.Y. Albany, 1972.
Following college, a brief stint in the Air Force OTS. After that a year as a Probation Officer for Schenectady County, NY while teaching for the Niskayuna School System.
W2RWA retired in 1999 after teaching at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School in upstate New York for 35 years. Basically a technology teacher, taught photography, Tech. Drawing, Driver Education, Math, and several other courses. Retired as the Work Experience Coordinator working with students in Mentorships, Internships, Work Study Assignments and other school to work activities.
On 6 meters, one evening contacted 'PJ', WB2GAU (SK) who in time became my father-in-law. Currently an Extra Class operator, I had to keep up with my younger son Dave, (W2DAA) as he went through the licenses. We both took the tests back when we had to pass the grueling 20 WPM Code test as well as the theory questions! Extra License WV2F, turned in for my current license W2RWA. my initials, suffix- "Ready, Willing & Able".
We have three kids, Oldest, Rick is a senior principal engineer at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y., Amy, our second is basically a special education teacher, now a 'stay at home Mom' creating dog coats and collars through warmwags.com, also makes custom jewelry. Youngest, son David (W2DAA) is a Division Chief at the Volpe Research Center in Cambridge, MA, a part of the US DOT.
Presently active on several bands using an ICOM 7600 with a PW1 Amp and a 3 el. Mosley Classic Beam 55 Feet Up. Also using a K-3 with a Tokyo High Power 1.5K Amp. We use our IC-7700 for contesting.
Summers, often located at Canada Lake, NY, in the Southwest region of the Adirondack Mountains (NY) using a Icom IC-7300 and a G5RV. Former VP of the Canada Lake Protective Association.
Currently the Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the First New York Federal Credit Union, a 290 Million dollar credit union located in Albany, New York.
Having many interests along with ham radio, I am an avid boater, woodworker, HO Train enthusiast etc.
Locally, I am a member and past president of the Schenectady Amateur Radio Club (SARA) and the Burnt Hills Rotary Club, currently a member of the Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association, Charlton Historical Society, Charlton Seniors, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Retired Teachers' Association, WGY-WRGB Retiree's Association, and several other organizations.
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