I am a Extra Class Amateur Ham radio operator and I also hold a FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL).
The ARRL Official Observer State Coordinator, a current ARRL Official Observer, ARRL Volunteer Field Examiner and also Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Holding also degrees in Machine Technology, Electronic Engineering and Information Technology. Was also just awarded a Masters award from the Century Club, the first Handi-ham Master since the founding of the club in 1977.
I am currently retired due to a high-voltage accident that left me a bi-lateral amputee.
My first experience at radios was from listening to my fathers CB Midland in his truck at 8 years old. Firmly convinced that the FCC was just up the street if I even 'thought' about transmitting on this rig.
That changed and I talked them into letting me spend my money at 10 to get a 'base' station with a 20 foot push up. That radio was a J.C. Penny 23 channel and had a 'space' between the 22 and 23 channel that was some unknown frequency. I was convinced that was a unique thing. Spending hours on that radio making contacts and monitoring. Then I was given a D-104 microphone that I STILL have today as a birthday present and I knew I wanted to be a ham.
I have worked lots of odd jobs while putting myself thru school. Having done work in machine shops, a tech support for a internet provider to a anchor rigger and even a seismograph operator for a blasting company.
As a child my Dad owned the first Harley-Davidson dealership in Alabama and I still ride my Harley. Something the doctors never thought I'd do and never missed a chance to tell me so after a accident at work.
That is where I got my nickname, 'Onion' from my Dad. They called him that since he was a kid and I was always, 'Little Onion' running around the Harley shop. When we lost him in 2000 I was called Onion from then on.
After graduating from electronics school I went to work for a company that built modems, UDS in Huntsville Al. They engineered the first full-duplex 9600 baud modem. After several years there a chance to work on my first Olympic project building a A/V switcher for 3M going to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Once those games were over I worked for a number of years for Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) as a Chief, EIC, On-call and staff Engineer. I also was at the ground floor of the WEWN shortwave station in Vandiver, Alabama. With 4 - 500K watt Thompson transmitters bringing the Word to all parts of the world.
I left EWTN for another Olympic project, this time the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Where I was Engineer in Charge of Georgia Dome Gymnastics Broadcast System for Panasonic America.
After that and coming home I went to work for the City of Birmingham in the Traffic Engineering department. Nobody was bombing Birmingham at the time. After about 8 years there I had a accident. I became a disabled bi-lateral amputee from contacting a ground line that was energized with high-voltage, 13,500 volts to be exact. Lots of pain and LOTS of burns, 50% 3rd and 4th degree.
Whoever said, "STOP, DROP AND ROLL" has never been on fire before. It turns into, "OHH, CRAP AND RUN" in a hurry. Yet with the Lords help I try not to let it slow me down.
While being electrocuted, I was heard to scream, "GOD, PLEASE SAVE ME!". At that exact time the breaker supplying the high voltage power opened!
The fire department was returning from a call when they were called to me. As they were at the end of the block and watched my crew lowering my bucket, they jumped out with fire extinguishers and started putting me out. I was so hot that when they put the flames out I re-ignited.
197 days in the hospital, a year and half of rehab with daily dressing changes. Would have not made it without the Lord. Had to even learn to walk again
I have traveled around the world, touched the sky and the bottom of the ocean. I have stood on the steps of Apollo's Temple. Went to the mountains and gazed in to the Oracle at Delphi. Drank from the Mediterranean Sea at Poseidon's gateway. Stood on the rubble that has remained of the Wall of East and West.
Stood on massive glaciers in Alaska, listened to corn grow in Alabama. Sat were Presidents have lived in Washington and prayed where native Americans died in South Dakota.
Never let anyone tell you that it can not be done, what do they know!
!!!! News !!!!
Received in the mail and my XYL got it framed!
New rig in the shack!
ALSO IN THE NEWS!!
New Antenna on the Tower!
10m-15m-20m Mosley @ 65 feet
M2 40 meter 3 element monobander @ 50 feet
both on same tower!
Not all, but here are some.....
How to tell if your XYL loves you?
Find out if your neighbors still like you too!
Looks a lot bigger when viewed from space!
The 'grown crew' putting finishing touches to it.
Peaches Anne (RIP) guarding the 160m install site. 'Cant trust 'dem squirrels' she says!
Lightning strike! Never passed the voltage and carried it all to ground.
Guess thats why the military paid over $3000.00 for them. On Ebay for $200.00.
Repaired and put back into service.
12:1 balun for 600 ohm ladder line feeding dipole.
Copper strap halo ground ring around house for bonding.
Two of my last cards!
Some of my cards over the years....
Distribution of AC power this handled with a TripLite ISObar ultra.
VHF and D-star is handled with a Icom 2200 unit with D-star option installed.
Primary HF communication is handled with a Icom IC- 7600.
Back-up HF is a Icom IC-756 Pro.
Antenna matching of both is done by a pair of Ameritron tuners; ATR-30 and ATR-15.
Match is confirmed with a Ameritron AWM-30 meter.
Primary legal output is handled with a Ameritron AL-1200 amplifier.
Audio consists of a Apex 435 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone.
Processing and phantom power is taken care of by a Behringer VX-2000 Ultra Voice Pro.
Audio speakers include a pair of Roland MA-8 monitors with a Kenwood SP-180 for the VHF / D-star.
Headsets are a David Clark Model 100 (20-20Khz) and a Telex Airman 760 (300Hz-3Khz; voice frequencies only).
Antenna primary is a 256 foot dipole 80 feet high. The balun is a Antenna Products SM-153 12:1. Feed with 600 ohm lead.
160m is a 35 foot high inverted L with 3000' of radials.
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