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I am back on hf after minimal exposure in the mid 70s. I have some close friends who were into it big time but I never took off with it.  My entire career is with two way radio and that consumed my needs and interests in RF. I spent 10 years with GE Mobile Radio in the SF Bay area putting in Public Safety, business radio and going to ALL the mountains in and around the area.

My claim to fame is being the founding father of the Patio Radio network that went from San Jose, Ca. to Portland, Oregon in the late 70s.  Along with Rich Zanni, KJ6RA and Jim McKeown, WA6IO, who provided the first GE Prog lines on 420 Mhz for the links. and others along the path, we developed eight sites linked full duplex on 420 Mhz, 440 primary repeaters at each site and a 6m, 2m, 440 remote base on the North Pk of Mt Diablo. All sites had T-T decoders with link prefix decoders all with plenty of commands. All control at Diablo was conceived, designed, home built  from CMOS logic as seen in top two pics. 

These were the good ole days of real enthusiasm and ambition.

I got married in 1984, quit my wonderful job, left friends and family and moved to the country.... Grants Pass, Oregon.

I took my skills and started a two way radio shop up here, had a son and two girls who now have kids as 1 year olds. With my wife's instigation we bought land in the country and built a beautiful home just north of town.  I developed 7 radio sites at 4,000 and 5,000 feet AMSL and have lived my dream.

Now being semi-retired, I am revisiting HF. I bought an Ic 746 pro, put up a wire dipole and will get up a tower too. How fun !

Our local search and rescue group has a great radio section full of skilled volunteers and a great group of friends. I give them my friendship, technical support and space for the 7 channels of 2 meter repeaters all linked. 

HF can be a critical link in emergencys, so another reason for me to set-up my station.

The Pacific NW is threatened by a potential major earth quake from the Cascadia Subduction zone. Communication may then play a important roll at the grass roots level as our public safety services and the puplic attempt to restore everything and anything.

So then, for now..... enjoying my new radio and new and old friends on HF.     

 

 

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