I was a teenager during the dawn of the space race. I was fascinated with technology, and
studied electronics. I actually did work in the aerospace industry for
a decade. Some of it was early weather satellites and the Hubble
Telescope. So W2OY would probably consider me a space cadet.
I also worked on music electronics (guitar amps and electronic organs),
a calibration lab, the packaging industry, power conversion technology,
S100 desktop computers, medical technology, commecial 2 way radio and
repeaters, and consumer electronic repair.
I worked for the small J-Omega Company in Mountain View, California that Bob Weitbrecht, W6NRM, a deaf ham, used to produce the first commercially successful telephone TTY device. The TTY unit we manufactured used 88 mH telephone toroids for the filters and employed a military surplus RTTY keyboard and was a straight up copy of some of what he used on the ham bands. Bob Weitbrecht and Wayne Green often chatted on ham radio by RTTY.
I also worked at
international telecommunication and FCC lobbying. I have been active in
legislative reform locally.
I have written articles which have been published in 73, CQ, and Electric Radio magazines.
I lost a spouse to cancer and I raised our child on my own for over a
Then after some medical problems, I was able to reinvent myself. Since
then, I have been trying to become more active in ham radio and other
pursuits I had to postpone until I could refocus after taking care of
I like vacuum tube radios, but I have solid state vintage equipment
also. I enjoy AM, CW, digital, and occasionally SSB operation. I am
not much of a contester, but I enjoy field day often. I also do the vintage CW and AM
My primary interest is restoration and building. This website will
share some of the problems I encounter and the solutions I have found or
devised myself to solve them. The presentation will strive not be just
a dry "heres the schematic", but a discussion of the relative merits of
various approaches to attack a task. I will try to spare you the thetas
and betas, but you may find that sort of thing also.