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I first became aware of ham radio in 1965 when I was in 7th grade from a book I found at my Junior High School library in Provo, Utah.  During the next two years, I watched as two older twin neighbor boys across the street strung up what seemed to me to be a monster antenna between the trees in their front and back yard.  In reality, it was an 80-meter dipole, and they had just received their novice license and were eager to get on the air using their crystal-controlled transmitter.

The radio bug had bitten – I needed to become part of this fascinating hobby!  I acquired some study manuals and tried to learn enough to pass the General Class license.  For a 14 year old, the theory was totally foreign and not an easy grasp.  I bought a copy of the ARRL License Manual, 1967 edition, and studied intently the 108 ‘sample questions’ that it contained for General Class.  The actual questions on the FCC exams were confidential in those days.  In fact, the 1967 edition of the ARRL License Manual contained this statement: “More and more in recent months...the FCC has paraphrased the questions [in the License Manual] rather thoroughly, making it more difficult to pass a test by simple memory work.”  Wow – what a change we have in today’s licensing approach!  Perseverance paid off and in the summer of 1967, I received my General Class ticket.

That early beginning in ham radio led to a college degree in electrical engineering and then to a job with Motorola in Fort Worth, Texas, where their Communications Division had just opened a new R&D campus for 2-way radio development.  I spent the next 30 years of my career at Motorola working with world-class engineers to develop RF communication products.  My first 2-way radio project was the 800 MHz Mitrek, where I worked on the pre-amp, mixer, and IF designs.  I later worked on products involving vehicle location, 800 MHz trunking, and cellular base station infrastructure.  Now retired from Motorola, my interest and fascination with radio still continues.  Much has changed over the last 50 years, but the ‘magic’ of radio remains the same.

73...I hope to meet you on the air!

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