About WM4B

I was born in South Haven, Michigan in 1963 and developed a curiosity for all things mechanical and electrical at an early age. Nothing in the house was safe from me and many clocks, wristwatches and telephones fell victim to my screwdriver.

When I was in 5th grade I was bitten by the radio bug, and in 1976 I took a Novice class from the Black River Amateur Radio Club. By July I was licensed as a Novice, having been issued callsign WN8AGD. By 1980, I managed to upgrade to Amateur Extra, holding every successive license class along the way. In those days, upgrading meant a 4 hour trip to Chicago to take the exam at the FCC Field Office, so I did plenty of studying before I begged a ride from another ham to go take the test.

One of the great things about growing up in South Haven was that we were 25 miles up the road from Heath Company. Every bit of money I could scrape together as a grade-schooler/high-schooler was spent on Heathkits. Eventually I amassed a fairly impressive station, consisting of an HW-101 HF Radio, SB200 Amplifier, SB-614 monitor scope, HD-1410 keyer and numerous other Heath accessories and test gear. My dad and a few of his friends helped me get a TA-33 into the air about 40 feet. Much of my operating was done on the low end of 20 or 40 meters, working Russians 'over-the-pole' on CW. I also worked SSTV, which was a LOT more involved back then.

In 1981 I graduated High School and joined the Air Force, heading off to Lackland AFB, TX for Basic Training. After Basic, I transferred to Keesler AFB, MS to receive training on the maintenance of aircraft radar and navigation systems. In April of 1982, I finished my training and moved to Wright Patterson AFB, OH and finally began to realize my dream of having a professional career in electronics while working on the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA). While stationed at Wright-Patt, I had the opportunity to see the world and to expand my knowledge of electronics and ham radio. Having a career that blends so nicely with your hobby (not to mention having access to nearly any piece of test equipment you can imagine) certainly has its advantages! I stayed in Ohio until 1994, when my family and I moved to Edwards AFB, CA. At Edwards, I was the chief of the Communications and Navigation Shop, responsible for performing component-level repair on a huge array of aircraft radar, navigation, and radio gear. In 1998, I fell victim to the downsizing of the military and was forced to give up my dream job in electronics to take on a desk job. After being retrained as a management analyst, I moved from Edwards AFB to Sheppard AFB, TX, Kunsan AB, ROK, and ultimately to Robins AFB, GA. I retired from the military in 2005, but continue to work for the Department of the Air Force as an analyst.

In the past, I maintained a number of repeater systems in the Middle-Georgia area, but I have scaled back my activities to allow me to pursue other interests. I still own and operate the 146.670 MHZ/443.150 repeater system, located at the Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins. These repeaters are linked full-time and are capable of linking to the Peach State Intertie. An 82.5 Hz PL is required for both systems. Additional information is available on the ‘146.670/443.150’ tab.

Although my involvement with local repeaters has been significantly curtailed, I still enjoy building and maintaining repeaters. I have a well-equipped service lab with the requisite equipment for repeater troubleshooting, repair and alignment. I am experienced in component-level troubleshooting and repair and have successfully constructed a number of VHF and UHF repeaters from a variety of surplus equipment. I am also experienced in the tuning of a variety of VHF and UHF duplexers using a Tracking Generator, Spectrum Analyzer and a Return Loss Bridge.



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