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Hi to you all, I was born in

Spokane Washington in 1940. When I was about twelve years old my folks bought a farm about twenty miles north of Spokane. I went through most of my high school at mead, it was a small school north of Spokane, it is now a very large school district.

I had a neighbor, dairy farmer friend who was a ham radio operator, he got me interested in it. Got my general class license when i was thirteen. my first job out of high school was in a saw mill in Spokane. Then sold Electrolux vacuum cleaners for about a year, i made a living, but didn't like it. Then I went to work for the Washington state game dept. in Ritzville Wash. did welding, metal fabrication and other misc. things.

Then the game dept. offered me a job at the Spokane fish hatchery as a hatchery assistant, I spent a year there. Then they offered

me a job in Seattle at the main game dept office, shop, and warehouse. After about six months the whole department relocated in Olympia Wash, with all the rest of the State agencies. I worked there for about two years until I was drafted into the Army. After basic training they sent me to wire mans school. There they had me climbing poles, stringing wire ( telephone lines ) and hooking up phones. Once that was over I was sent to Germany. After I got there I revealed the fact to the communications department, that I was a Ham radio operator and new code. Well, they needed radio operators, not wire man. So, they sent me to a radio operator school there in Germany to learn military type radio procedures and code. The code part was a piece of cake of course, I already was more proficient than most of their operators.

Their telephone and radio communications there was not good. So, I told my communications Major about Mars radio stations. Well, quick like a bunny he had me up to the base commander explaining How it worked, and what I could do for him and the base.

Well within a few days I had a 3/4 ton truck at my disposal, a long rein and no more guard duty or KP. After traveling around Germany to other bases for a few weeks, I collected Quite an assortment of radio gear and antennas. I set up the first Mars radio station at that base, and enjoyed the rest of my tour of duty. My station call sign was AE1AT. I ran many official and personal phone patches for the base commander, he loved it. So that was the happy ending of my military radio career.

After returning to the Game dept. I took the test for hatchery foreman. I past high enough to get the position at the Ford fish hatchery near Spokane Wash.

located on the Spokane indian reservation northwest of Spokane. I lucked out again and got the position of hatchery superintendent at the Wells dam fish hatchery on the Columbia river , about thirteen miles north of Chelan Wash. It was a brand new facility, highly automated. It wasn't even finished when I moved there. Except for a two year leave of absence to the Alaska fish and game, I spent eighteen years there as superintendent, raising steelhead and rainbow trout.

During my time at Wells dam I used my veterans benefits and my days off and vacation time to get my commercial pilot license and flight instructor both single and multi engine plus instrument rating.

After becoming tired of raising fish, I quit that and started my own flying business. I did mostly flight instruction, rental and some charter.

During that time I started thinking about commercial fishing. So, in a airplane hanger at the Chelan air port, I built our commercial fishing boat, the fishing vessel Long shot. I launched the boat in June of 1980 at Fishermen's terminal in Seattle.

The first two years I fished for salmon and tuna fish from Mexico to the north coast of Washington. Most of the salmon fishing was from one to forty miles off the coast. The tuna fishing was from fifty to two hundred and fifty miles out.

I then moved to Alaska again in 1983. I went to work for Wilder Construction Company in Anchorage.

Before I went to work for them, they farmed out all of their electrical work. I dealt with anything electrical. I fixed and maintained five asphalt plants, four rock crushers, five portable truck scales and anything else they would come up with.

I was fortunate they gave me time off to commercial halibut fish during the halibut openings.

I worked for them for about nine years before I burned out. It was a very stressful job at times, when a plant went down, they wanted it fixed right now. So, Brenda and I went to full time salmon and halibut fishing. We retired from that five years ago when I had both of my hips replaced. We sold the Longshot to a young couple three years ago. They live here in Port Protection, that is really great because our boat lives here too, and it brings us fresh halibut and salmon every so often.

This is a great place to live, lots of room for antennas too.

 

My shop with red roof and solar panels is in lower right hand corner of profile picture. House is to immediate right with brown roof.

The pictures of house and cove / bay / were taken from wind turbine platform after it was all the way up and completed.

 

Picture of whole cove, with trading post center left.

This photo is taken from front room window. It is of fishing boats tied up at one of our floats in the cove.

Down stairs ham station, its a lot warmer plus nice view out of front room windows.
 
 
 

Upstairs ham shack

One corner of my newest shop, it is attached to the lower level of our house.

 

Venison aging in my walk-in cooler with modified window air conditioner, it can bring cool room 

down to 28 degrees

 

This is my 1000 watt wind turbine up on ridge behind my QTH

 

View from downstairs living room shack.Note, float plane with mail and freight approaching trading post dock. Alaska state ferry going by in the background.

Sea Gulls and Sea Otter taken from front room window.

 

TUG AND BARGE BRINGING GAS AND DIESEL IN TO OUR TRADING POST. PHOTO FROM OUR FRONT PORCH.

 

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