Hello! My name is Shane, and I’ve been an amateur radio operator since 2009. I have a background in technology, including some time in military service operating radio and RADAR, so I guess it was inevitable that I would find my way to the amateur service. My father was an avid CB’er in the 1970s and 80s and my Grandfather and Uncle were also active hams at various times in their lives.
But it wasn’t until I ran in to another ham, who is active in homebrew electronics and was prototyping SDR technology at the time, that I became interested. I bought a Yaesu VX-6R to listen in on the Ham bands and learn about the technology.
It wasn’t long before I got the ARRL study guide and took my technician’s exam. Soon I was licensed, and a few years later, joined CARs. I’m not particularly active on the air, as my day job keeps me busy and admittedly I have other time-consuming hobbies and activities I participate in, but radio in some form or fashion is always long for the ride. I’ve participated in summer Field Day and other club activities and enjoy them a great deal. The camaraderie is excellent and there’s always someone willing to point the way if I’m looking to learn something new.
In 2019, I volunteered to serve as the CARS club president and my lovely wife, KD8ZNW volunteered to be the club secretary. Little did we know the COVID pandemic was right around the corner, but despite the adversity it seems we keep chugging along and the amateur radio service is growing like never before. It’s a good time to be on the air.
All The Best and 73!