Born in Queens, New York, I grew up in the town of Bayside, where I first developed an interest in communications. My parents bought me a shortwave receiver when I was ten years old. I was fascinated by all the radio signals coming in from all over the world. I spent a lot of time stringing up antennas, trying to pull in weak stations from countries on the other side of the world. Back in those days, AM (amplitude modulation) was still very popular on the amateur bands, so I spent many hours listening to Ham Radio Operators on the 75 metre band. I wasn't quite sure what Ham Radio was all about, but I knew I wanted to get involved.

I moved to California with my family, when I was 14 years old. We settled in the town of Pacific Palisades. I was still very interested in radio communications. When I heard that a local ham named Fred Gately - W6LNH was teaching a Ham Radio class for beginners, a few of my close friends and I quickly signed up. Fred was a excellent teacher. He taught the classes once a week. And he alternated between classroom sessions where we learned basic electronic theory, and hands-on sessions at his home, where he let us talk on the radio. I will never forget my first real conversation on the radio (QSO). Fred was talking to a ham operator in Argentina on 15 meters and he passed the microphone to me. I said hello and introduced myself. Two weeks later, Fred received a QSL card from Argentina with my name on it! That was my first Ham Radio QSL card.

Although the electronic theory came easy to me, I found the Morse Code a bit more difficult. I had no trouble learning the code -- I just couldn't copy in my head. I had to write down each and every letter. That limited my speed. I could recognize the individual letters at speeds much greater than 13 words per minute, but I struggled to write down the characters. I could barely copy 13 words per minute. I was determined to get my license, and kept working on the code over the next couple of years. I finally felt I was ready to take the test. In June of 1967 I passed the General Class exam at the FCC office in downtown Los Angeles! I received my license in the mail on July 1st, 1967. Approximately a decade later, I was married to my wonderful bride, Basia, N6KXU, on July 1st. Clearly, July 1st is my lucky day!

My permanent home is in in Plano, Texas, although I've spent a lot of time in San Diego over the last few years.

My Interests

I am interested in almost every aspect of Ham Radio, but I especially enjoy mobile operation, and making friends with people all over the world. When I'm not talking, I enjoy building antennas and listening on amateur and public service frequencies. My favourite ham bands are 10 meters, 6 meters, 12 meters, 30 meters and 160 meters, although due to antenna limitations and propagation, I have done most of my operating on 20 meters over the years. My favourite mode is SSB (single sideband). I have always owned some kind of radios for 2 meters and 70 centimeters; however, I mostly listen on those bands.

In addition to Ham Radio, I do have some other interests. I love to travel. I've been to many countries in Europe and Asia for both business and pleasure, and never get tired of it. I'm always ready for the next trip. My wife and I especially enjoy cruises, and checking out good restaurants around the world.

Photography is another one of my hobbies. I always enjoy taking pictures. In the past, I did mostly 35mm still photography, and 8mm video. Today, I am only concentrating on digital photography, which I'm really enjoying.

My job involves working with electronics and software, but I never get tired of it, and I still consider electronics and computers as hobbies.