I Make Stuff

I started in amateur radio at a young age.  I was first licensed at 14 years old in eastern Maine, and I’ve kept that same callsign.  Those were the days which had five license classes with an entry level morse code requirement.  With prompting from my elmer, I practiced the code on the air and quickly built my speed up to 20 wpm (words per minute). That allowed me to obtain the highest license of Extra Class at age 16.

I’ve lived most of my life up and down the east coast.  I’m retired from the US Navy and served as a nuclear reactor operator.  I met my wife in a small Massachusetts church back in 2010, and we ultimately decided to move to Arizona because of the awesome weather.  We have two children together, Wyatt and Veronica.

Aside from radio, politics is an integral part of my life as well.  I served as Democratic Party Chair for Springfield Ward 8 in Massachusetts from 2010 to 2012, and I’m a Precinct Committeeman for Cheatham precinct (Legislative district 27) in Arizona.

I’m employed as an IT Technician III for the City of Mesa, and have been doing that since I moved here in 2012.

 

This is the radio room aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. The ship is a World War II era aircraft carrier that was commissioned just a week after the end of the war.

 

I built this 40 meter linear amplifier using three 3-500Z tubes. At 1500 watts, this amplifier was just loafing.

 

My 1950’s Elmac Station

 

My wife and I with Senator John Kerry and other Veterans taken in Northampton, MA after a town hall meeting in 2011.

 

Bill Clinton and I are posing for a photo at WPI in Massachusetts in 2010. The Secret Service was taking the picture, but this photo angle was taken from a flip phone. The woman in the center is Kate Crowther.

 

I’m standing with retired General Wesley Clark at a VFW hall in Concord, NH in late 2007.

 

My graduating class of nuclear reactor operators in 1999 at the Naval Nuclear Power School campus in Goose Creek, SC