I do not sell or buy any radio-related items through auction or “want to buy/sell” forum sites. If there is any question that my call may be associated with an online offer to sell or purchase anything, please confirm by sending email to the address on my QRZ profile page.

After many years of interest in radio of all kinds, but also of dithering around because a licensing test was involved, I was inspired by my friend W9KIZ’s example –well, that and the purchase of a $40 Baofeng HT — to go take the Technician exam in April, 2013. Subsequently, and in the usual order of things, I passed the General exam on June 8, 2013, and passed the Amateur Extra exam on November 16, 2013 at the Fort Wayne Hamfest.

I had at least one uncle who was a ham, but he passed away when I was in my early teens and unfortunately I don’t know much about him, other than that he was a veteran of the SeaBees in World War II and spent quite a bit of unpleasant time as a guest of the Imperial Japanese Army. I do remember keying his radio one night when we were visiting and getting my butt chewed pretty good for it 🙂 Perhaps that explains my lasting desire not to become a ham until I was really ready for it . . . forty years later 🙂

In real life I am a senior software engineer for a company whose product you’d undoubtedly recognize, because alas, even though it’s trademarked, it’s become a household word like Xerox or Kleenex. Suffice it to say that it involves email and that I’ve had my hands in the guts of email servers since the early 1990’s. What is interesting is that this is not what I trained for . . . I have a bachelor’s and most of a master’s degree in History.

I am also a dedicated Freemason, being raised in 1999 and having served as Master of my mother lodge in 2002 and then secretary for five years after that; chartered another lodge of which I was the secretary from the beginning in 2001 until I “retired” at the end of 2014; and joined yet another lodge that I helped bring back from the brink of dissolution. I’ve also served two years (2010-2012) as Master of the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research U.D., Indiana’s lodge of research. I served in the Lodge of Perfection line at the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, and was Thrice Potent Master and Chairman of the Executive Committee in 2011-2012. I was the secretary-treasurer of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association, Inc., from 2007-2014, and served as the secretary-recorder of the Indianapolis Downtown York Rite bodies from 2012-2016. Oh, and how could I forget . . . Secretary-Treasurer of The Masonic Society since 2008. And since 2015 I have been one of the four Trustees of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite. Please do not ask me to serve on any ham radio boards . . . my dance card is full-up. 🙂 I was privileged to receive the 33rd and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, NMJ, in Washington DC on August 20, 2013.

I am a life member of Alpha Phi Omega (my chapter is Tau Omicron, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and have been a Boy Scout and Scouter for nearly 35 years all told. I hold the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow, where my chapter is Lowaneu Allanque and my lodge is Jacos Towne #21 (formerly Wulakamike Lodge #21); my Vigil name is Sachgachtoon Witschindin. I got my Wood Badge beads in 1995 as a member of class C-28W-93 and I used to be an Eagle. (But not an Eagle Scout, for those who may not understand the difference.)  I have been working with the WD9BSA Bert Johnson Memorial Amateur Station at Indianapolis’s own Camp Belzer since 2014, where we are trying to put together a Venture youth crew to run the station.

Throughout all of this I have been the luckiest man on the planet, because I have been married to Sally since 2000. We don’t have kids, but we do have cats. Well, and we have other people’s kids.  And now we have grandkids.  Maybe they’ll grow up to be hams.

But enough about me.