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 non-pecuniary interests in advancing
the state of the radio art.
I have been an Advanced Class Amateur Radio Operator since 1983. Amateur Radio Operators are individuals who are tested and licensed by their federal governments. We develop and implement our own communication systems, and provide voluntary communication services for the benefit of 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 Amateur Radio Operator, including:
I develop computer software as a hobby, mostly for personal use in Amateur
Radio Service applications. Over the years, some of my software has
attracted the 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:
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:
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 describes my introduction to Slow-Scan Television at an early age, and my more recent design of a TriplePIC SSTV Video Scan Converter for the purpose of viewing vintage SSTV video images on a standard NTSC video monitor.
Additional technical articles I've authored on-line may be found through the following links:
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 regular 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. The design of my ATV Modulator is described in The ARRL Image Communications Handbook, by Dr. Ralph E. Taggart, WB8DQT.
From a very early age, long before the "Maker" movement started gaining traction, I have been creating ideas, bringing them to life, and sharing what I have gained through my experiences with others. A few examples:
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