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As a youngster, my family was one of the last families to purchase a television in our neighborhood so we relied on the radio for our chief source of entertainment when I was growing up. We had an old Zenith 8S463 (as I found out when looking thru old family photos), and I loved listening to the many frequencies on the shortwave bands especially late at night. After my parents bought our first TV in the early 1960's (Black and White Magnavox Model# 1MV330R console), the old Zenith was relegated to the basement and eventually died a slow death and ended up at the curb....

My fondness for electronics continued thru my youth as I became part of like-minded boys who loved to "play" with electricity. We made "Foxhole Radios" and other kits purchased from the Allied Electronics catalog, as our meager allowances allowed. Fun stuff.

I went to Iowa State in the mid 1960's majoring in Civil Engineering and pursued engineering as a career for most of my life but I still enjoyed tinkering with electronics. In fact, I had a small business repairing DELCO/GM car radios for local auto dealerships thru the late 1990's.  I also taught Engineering Technology classes at Hawkeye Community College in Iowa in 2000-2002.

When we moved to Bella Vista, AR from Cedar Falls, IA in 2002, I volunteered to be on the Bella Vista Public Safety Committee having served on similar committees in Iowa (i.e. Public Cable Television, Planning and Zoning, Mayor's Advisory Board and others). In 2007, I became the Chairman of the Bella Vista Public Safety Committee and serve in that capacity today.

One of the issues that became evident after the 2011 Joplin tornado, was the fact that there was no Emergency Communication contingency plan for Bella Vista. With the help of former Police Chief Ken Farmer (KD5UFY) and my friend Marc Whittlesey (WØKYZ), we approached the Bella Vista Radio Club to see if we could recruit volunteer members for their support and assistance, in case of an emergency or disaster event. We then developed a "STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINES" Emergency Communications Handbook for the City which we continue to review and update as needed.

I am new to amateur radio and received my GENERAL license in April of 2016. Lots to learn but the members of the Bella Vista Radio Club (Arkansas) have been very helpful in mentoring me.

I have a minimal "rig" (LUITON LT-588UV Mobile/Base) and a generator if needed and plenty of HT's.

I recently became accredited by ARRL as a Volunteer Examiner.



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