Mario is originally from Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines. He came to the United States on July 1973. He is now a 24 year "retired" US Navy veteran and is currently working for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in San Diego, California performing Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) research and development in support of satellite communications systems for the US Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Mario got involved in amateur radio and got his novice license in the early part of 1992 and got his call KD6NGY. He just recently changed his call sign to K6NGY. In 1994, while stationed in Atsugi, Japan, he upgraded to Technician Plus. He got affiliated with MARS at Yokosuka, Japan and became a member of Yokosuka Amateur Radio Club (YARC) holding the MARS callsign NNN0COE-18. He is also a member of Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association (TIARA) which is composed mostly of foreign nationals, businessmen, and military personnel operating amateur radio in Japan.
With the help of fellow amateur radio enthusiasts in Atsugi, he established the Atsugi Amateur Radio Club (AARC) at Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan and thus was elected its very first president. He served the radio club from July 1995 until he got transferred back to San Diego in October 1996.
Upon arrival in San Diego, once again he got involved with amateur radio with the Malinao brothers operating on their UHF repeater system. And in October 1996, Ruben N6ART (formerly KC6ZNA), repeater owner and trustee offered him a position he could not refuse. He became the first president of the newly organized Spider Amateur Radio Club (SARC).
Mario is heavily involved with the community service as well. He is currently the President of Ormocanos, USA, his hometown organization in Southern California. He also held several positions with the local Cebu-Bohol-Leyte (CEBOLEY) USA prior to his tour of duty in Japan. He is also a Master Mason and an active member of the Masonic Lodge of the Rising Sun #151 in Camp Zama, Japan and a member of the 32nd degree Masonic Lodge of Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Orient of California, Valley of San Diego.
Besides amateur radio, Mario spends his free time with his family and two golden retriever dogs. He also enjoys camping, paint ball matches, surfing the internet, computers and dancing.
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