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I was taking my Schnauzer Joey for a walk, It just happened to be Garbage Day. Sitting on the curb was a Kenwood TS 820S. Top and bottom pans were off and a bunch of screws were laying there. I rang the door bell and asked the lady if I could put it on her front porch while I got my car. I worked on it for a while and after replacing one 6146 with an intermittent short and the filter capacitors, got it working. Now that inspired me to get my Amateur Radio License, and that is how I became a Ham. Now I'm keeping my eye out for a Linear Amp that needs a new home. My antennas;a 75 meter loop,a 160 meter inverted L single Bazooka,a linear loaded 75 meter vertical that works on 20 meters as a 5/8 wavelength, a Traveling Wave 124' long wire antenna with a 9:1 Balun and a 75 meter double Bazooka. I was in QSO with K1FM and he said I should tell others how I got into Ham Radio. This was my first QSO on 20 Meters after working on the Coil Pack in the radio. 59 by 59!

Thomas passed the FCC 1st Class Radiotelephone license examination, as a Broadcast Engineer. ( now called General Commercial or CM ) while attending DeVry Technical Institute. In 1965 he enlisted in the USAF and was assigned to the 4th Mobile Communications Group working as a radio maintainer on the MRC107 used for forward tactical aircraft control. Motorola Communications and Electronics titled him Field Technical Representative, Field Engineer and District Sales Manager in the nine years he worked for them. He helped deploy the Chicago Police Department TAC (total area coverage) system with over 250 receiver sites and their integrated command communications center. Thomas, deployed starlight CCTV systems nationally for Motorola. Developing card reader/facial image cameras and other CCTV applications in the banking security accounts of Chicago. In 1990 Thomas started work at CellularOne/SWB (Now AT&T) as a field system engineer working special projects including deployment of micro cells and tracking down fraudulent users of the network. He designed a mobile intercept van with DF (direction finding) antenna array and fast scanning Icom receivers. Working in coordination with central office technicians and Federal LEA to trap and trace cellular calls to physical locations. Mr. Hillard was team leader in the tracking and elimination of transponder devices intended to cause interruption of service to the cellular carrier. Use of radio direction finding gear to pinpoint devices to exact locations, remove them and deliver them to Federal LEA agents. In addition he radio frequency swept offices and conference rooms for devices intended for industrial espionage. He was instrumental in locating base station antenna design problems that created interference (inter-modulation products) to cell sites. On a regular bases he evaluated mobile antennas and worked with manufacturers in the improvement of their products. He designed and deployed many in-house antenna systems often using distributed antennas and Radiax (lossy line) systems used in such locations as convention halls.

Private Pilot SEL Cessna Skyhawk 172

Enlisted USAF 1965 4th Mobile Communications Group USOC 30454

Extra Class VE

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