I have been an F.C.C licensed radio operator in the Beautiful state of Washington since 1995. I have been involved and passionate about radio since the mid 70s when I started Am broadcast band dx’ing with an old tabletop AM radio and a chunk of wire. I am involved with CB (Citizens Band) as well as Amateur radio.
Some of my other hobbies include Family Radio Service (FRS) and older tube type radio gear including shortwave receivers from the 1940-1970 era. I am also a big advocate of morse code and use that mode most frequently on the amateur radio bands.
I have worked in Computer repair as well as in IT. I use the Linux/BSD operating systems at home and work. I have also been involved with the construction industry for over 30 years.
Most days I can be found on my home computer socializing on Facebook and Twitter while blogging about radio usage and new products involving my favorite past time.
It is my belief that if you are passionate about radio then it shouldn’t matter what you are into whether it be FRS, CB or Amateur radio as well as Shortwave listening. We all share this hobby together and no one group is better than the other. No matter what group you belong to you are going to have bad elements within the group that make it hard for everyone.
As electronics become more available to the younger generation we are losing the magic of radio. They just cant understand talking to someone on the other side of the world using a radio and antenna when you could just dial a number on the cell phone and talk for as long as you want static free and without interruption.
I also believe that if radio does not start embracing the technology that is out there then it is doomed to follow suit. At one time Amateur radio operators were sought out at the forefront of technology, developing new ways to communicate with radio and advancing electronics, where as now it is an afterthought. In order to do this all radio operators must band together and become more visible to the public while promoting the magic of radio.
I find it hard to believe that in this day and age amateur radio has been so dumbed down that even advanced and extra class license holders do not have a clue on how to put a station together much less build a simple antenna. Even if a person doesn’t know how it is easy enough to Google the question and get millions of hits on whatever topic you wish to enter. To me that is just sad.