I’m an Electrical Engineer living and working in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. My interest in radio began at the age of 12 when my Uncle Joe gave me a Heathkit SW-717 for Christmas to build after I had expressed a good deal of interest in electronics. That simple gift was a major turning point in my life because from that point on I knew what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up’. While in High School and College I worked as a repair technician on consumer electronics and two-way radio (as it used to be called). After receiving my degree in EE from Youngstown State University, I went to work for IBM in upstate New York. Since that time I have pretty-much spent my entire career of more than 30 years in software development of all kinds. My interest in amateur radio came about in large part because I had been away from electronics as a hobby for so many years, but had been monitoring the HF bands with a Yaesu FRG-7700 that I purchased in 1984. So in the Spring of 2012 I studied for and passed all 3 elements required for an Amateur Extra class license. That ‘refresher’ helped to get me started again in electronics which has always been a passion of mine.
In the meantime, I have been getting my skills back in order to do various analog (RF) and embedded controller designs. I have built-up a sizable lab of test equipment and an inventory of through-hole and SMD parts, some of which I am selling on eBay for the time being since it’s an easy way to casually sell things.