what you'll find here:
My name is Alan Wolke. I am an Electrical
Engineer, currently working as an RF Application Engineer for
Tektronix - which means I get
paid to play with Spectrum Analyzers and other fun RF and high
frequency stuff. As a Field Engineer, I am on the road a LOT.
Fortunately, I run an FT-857D in the car, so I can be found playing
radio during my trips between various customers around the Northest.
Former work focused on hardware validation of read-channel circuits
for hard disk drives, and also concentrated on applications support
for analog, high speed, RF, and backplane/datacom/telecom circuit
and integrated circuit designs for various communications and
fiber optic applications to well over 10Gb/s, and involved various
circuit technologies including Silicon bipolar, Silicon-Germanium
HBT, CMOS, and BiCMOS processes, GaAs MESFET and HBT processes,
and various 850nm and 1300nm LEDs, PIN photodiodes and Laserdiodes.
Shameless self-promotion links: here are links to things I've
done that are published on the web (at a previous company): Paper 1,
(some of the Paper links are broken, since the company has since
been bought out...). You can read more about me from my interview
as the Featured
Engineer on the EEWeb site from 2 April, 2012.
I was originally licensed as a Novice
Class in the late seventies while in High School as KA2IZZ. We
had an Amateur Radio Club there (Matawan Regional High School
in NJ) under the direction of WA2SLK. I dropped out of the hobby
when I went to college at NJIT, and then entered the workforce.
Some friends at work got me interested in Amateur Radio again
K2TW, K4MMG, W2PI), but
my renewal privileges on KA2IZZ long since expired. So, I started
over as a Technician with the call KC2BOG. After about a year
and a half, I upgraded to Tech Plus and bought some HF equipment
in September 1998. I applied for the vanity call W2AEW in September
also, and received it in October 1998. I spent October working
on my CW with some friendly "encouragement" from my
friend and co-worker WA2NDH (now W2CSK), and upgraded to Advanced
Class in November 1998. So, since my HF privileges are fairly
new, I find myself working new states and countries all of the
time. Great Fun!!! I frequent many of the local 2m repeaters in
central NJ, and spend most of my HF time on 20m and 17m. I tested
for the Extra Class license in February 2000. I passed the written
test, but missed too many questions on the 20wpm code test (I
did better than I thought I would though ;-). So, I became an
Extra-Lite or Advanced-Plus after April 15th, 2000 anyway, HI
Other interests besides the radio
include MGB cars,
NASCAR racing (go Mark Martin!),
woodworking, home improvement, and TV/VCR repair (previous life)
and of course, diddling around with circuits for fun.
My wife Nancy and I are busy getting
settled in our new/old house. We moved in during the summer of
2009, and absolutely love the place. The shack and HF antenna
went up in October 2009 - back on the air after a several year
Station Equipment Shack,
dot Net, a wonderful
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QRZ Callbook Server, great US
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CBS, great international and US listings
eHam, a really great multipurpose
Ham Radio site
Area Hamfests, Super
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THE Amateur Radio organization
AC6V Megasite, excellent and
huge site of Amateur Radio Links and info
W4RNL excellent website for
WM7D Amateur Pages, with call
server, solar info, and lots of links
NJDXA, North Jersey DX Association,
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NASCAR, all the news about
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eBaY, Online Auction site
Google, an even BETTER Search
ManualMan, the BEST
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The MGB Experience,
a GREAT website for MGB Automobiles!
The RX-8 Forum, a great
site for Mazda RX-8 discussion and information.
The RX-8 Tri-State Club,
club website for local NJ, PA, etc. RX-8 owners