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I grew up around radio and electronics. My father, John H. Wiegman, was in broadcast for 20+ years in almost every roll you can imagine from DJ to news director to engineer.  He had a really nice shop in the basement that gave me access to all sorts of components, test equipment and everything I needed to learn electronics.  Somewhere along the way he picked up an old National NC-125 receiver and this ignited my interest in radio.  That was later fueled when he got me a Radio Shack DX-100 which became my main source of entertainment while living in central Nevada with no commercial power.  

In 1986 I was sitting around my room in an Air Force dorm with my buddy Joe. Oh those evenings of drinking beer and solving the problems of warp flight and time travel. On one such evening Joe says "did you ever want to get your ham license?" and the rest is history. Joe and I had consecutive calls until he got distracted and dropped the hobby.

Those early years of ham radio for me were fun. With novice enhancement we got to play on 10 meters just when it was getting good. Most of the friends I made in Las Vegas were hams. Good friends too.

Now I notice that Dan doesn't mention in in his bio but AF5W helped me form the Not Ready For Prime Time Amateur Radio Club & Semi-Secret Society. Anyone involved in amateur radio around Las Vegas during the late 80's will grok that.  Dozens or repeaters around town and nobody would talk to anyone else, especially visitors.  It all started on a 2 meter simplex frequency when we used our own vocal "roger beep" and instantly found ourselves in hot water for putting up a repeater on a simplex channel. Good times.  Here is something I wrote a while back about it.

When I got out of the Air Force in 1990 I needed to find a new career. The civilian possibilites for an aircraft armament systems specialist aren't all that good it seems. Amateur radio had been a rewarding hobby so I applied what I had learned with that and ended up with a career that has been every bit as rewarding.

My career has been wide and varied.  And it's had a lot of parallels with my ham radio hobby.  Land mobile radio is a lot like what we play with on 2 Meters and 70 cm, especially repeaters.  I've created simple repeater systems and complex multicast systems with voted receivers.  I've done component level repairs at the bench on all sorts of radios, televisions, computers and medical equipment.  I've done a lot of mobile data work, especially in the mining industry, that had its basis in our packet radio systems.  My military experience with the Washington Air National Guard had me working with 10 KW systems on HF that had multiple independent sidebands.  These days I do a lot of work with 9-1-1 (999, 112) emergency telephone systems and radio dispatch consoles that is very similar to the work I do with Asterisk, app_rpt and AllStarLink.  This cool hobby really has given me a very cool career.

One of the most important lessons I've learned in both my career and my ham radio hobby is to listen lots and talk little.  I'm getting better at that.  I don't talk much as I prefer to listen as I build or ponder what could be built.  I've also been active on HF while camping using QRP gear.  

In 2015 I got a special treat.  A hat trick really (yeah, I like darts too).  My son Steven took an interest in the hobby and decided to get his license.  My wife Debbie, who has been at my side all this time but never expressed much of an interest, took her test as well.  Debbie is now KG7YTI and Steven is KG7YTJ.  That would have been thrill enough for me but I managed to pass my Amateur Extra class at the same session.  Should have bought a lottery ticket the same day!

I mainatin two personal web sites.  N7JCT.org is all about ham radio activities at N7JCT.  That site is Part 97 safe, no ads.  My other site is aplaceonthe.net and many will find my blog of interest there.

I enjoy attending SEAPAC and have been for 2013, 2015 and 2016.  Recent ham adventures often include KE70ZK and, of course KE7MTF.  We try to operate from the field when we can, usually camping.  Josh and I like to brew beer while working on ham radio projects as well.

Life has been busy lately.  In 2015 I started a new job with a fantastic company and many of my coworkers are ham radio operators as well.  The new job has me travelling all over Washington.  In late 2016 I relocated to Spokane Valley, WA.

I do quite a bit with Asterisk, comes with my job, so I've naturally taken to AllStarLink and building nodes with app_rpt.  I've also been working on relearning CW and building QRP rigs with Arduino DDS.  Have also been building 20 Meter BitX radios from scratch and from Sunil Lakhani's boards.  And, to do all that, I've been building some Arduino and Raspberry Pi based test equipment.  I figure that if the burns on your fingers ever heal completely it's a sure sign that you haven't been as active on the ham radio workbench as you should.

A shout out to Russ, Bill and Cheryl of the Linux In The Hamshack podcast fame.  Great show and I hope you'll give them your support.

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