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Welcome to my little corner of the 'net. This page is served to you by QSL.NET, and it describes some of my personal interests and recent accomplishments related to electronics engineering, RF communication systems design, technical writing, and software development that have had some positive effects on the world.

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Software Development

I create computer software as a hobby, mostly for personal use in Amateur Radio Service applications. Over the years, some of my software has attracted favorable attention of professionals employed in the scientific, research, terrestrial broadcast, telecommunication, aerospace, and wireless networking fields. As a consequence, some of my software has been adopted for use at some very prestigious organizations such as NASA, the Goddard Spaceflight Center, the European Space Agency, Stanford and Cornell Universities, the California Institute of Technology, Steven's Institute of Technology, NBCUniversal, Alcatel-Lucent, Space Data Corporation, the University of Massachusetts, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Naval Academy, just to name a few.

My Software Development Page provides general information on some of my most popular software products, including:

I prefer writing software using the 'C' programming language under a Slackware Linux operating system environment, thereby making my software compatible with all POSIX-compliant computing environments. When writing code for PIC Microcontrollers, I use Assembly Language.



Hardware Development

My exposure to the world of electronics began at a very early age and it remains a major passion in my life. I possess Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology, as well as an Advanced Class FCC Amateur Radio Operator's License, and a Commercial FCC General Radiotelephone Operator's License.

I develop electronic hardware as a hobby, mostly for personal use, and generally with an aim toward Amateur Radio Service applications. Details of some of my published hardware designs can be found on-line:

My FMT Methodology Page provides an overview of instrumentation I developed for making precise, long distance frequency measurements and Ionospheric Doppler shift studies.

My First Generation Slow-Scan TV Page provides a detailed history of my involvement in Slow-Scan Television and my recent design of the TriplePIC SSTV Video Scan Converter.

Additional technical articles I've authored on-line may be found here:



Publications

In addition to creating and authoring SpaceNews for more than 13 years, I have had a host of technical articles published in a variety of books and periodicals, including:

I have also served as a columnist for Satellite Times magazine, as a cover model for CQ-VHF magazine, and as a guest on several radio programs. My SpaceNews newsletter was read by Cosmonaut Musa Manarov while living on the Russian space station Mir in 1991.



Amateur Radio Service

For over 100 years, the Amateur Radio Service has set forth rules, defined standards, and allocated frequency spectrum for the purpose of promoting technical investigations into wireless communication systems by duly authorized individuals having personal rather than pecuniary interests in advancing the state of the radio art.

Amateur Radio Operators are individuals who are tested and licensed by their federal governments. They develop and implement their own communication systems, and often provide voluntary communication services to aid the general public when disasters strike and commercial communication systems often fail.

My Amateur Radio Page provides details regarding some of the more interesting accomplishments I've made as an Advanced Class Amateur Radio Operator, including:

A conversation ISS astronaut Frank Culbertson and I had via Amateur Radio in October 2001 was featured on the BBC in January 2013.



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