ARS NB9M

About ARS NB9M


My name is Brad, and I am an amateur radio operator, shortwave listener and broadcast radio enthusiast.  I've always loved electronics, and was fascinated with shows like Super Car, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and many other 1960s television shows featuring lights, knobs, switches, meters and other cool things.  The first spanking I remember, around 1959, resulted from my drawing knobs and switches on the living room drywall with a crayon.

Dad brought home from a local auction an old, original Hallicrafters S-38 around 1972.  The old postwar receiver had a bad 60-cycle hum, but I clamped on the headphones and listened to HCJB (Quito, Equador) and RSA (Radio South Africa) every night.  Both these stations have long disappeared from the air, but I still remember the lights of the tubes reflecting on the ceiling at night - long after I was supposed to be asleep.

A few months later, I transmitted for the first time on a Utica Town & Country Citizen's Band transceiver at a friends.  Later, I mowed lawns all summer to get my first CB: a Metrotek Colt 23 transciever, and a Goldenrod vertical antenna.  This was long before Citizen's Band became the depraved hellhole we now have.  I wanted to be a ham, but I lived in a rural area, and couldn't find an "Elmer" (a typically older teacher) to enter the amateur radio hobby.  Jobs, marriage and kids were in the cards first.  In 1983, I finally got my first call as a Novice: KA9OWA.  A few months later I was a General, and was issued the Extra call, NB9M in 1984.

My background is in consumer electronics, avionics and software development with several disciplines, including pharmaceutical, defense, retail, manufacturing and even death care.  Currently, I am a software engineer, supporting a Navy project, for a major defense contractor. Other hobbies include writing, blogging, playing several musical instruments and raising chickens.

If you are interested in radio, there are lots of resources for you now that were not available when I was a kid.  If there is anything I can help you with in the radio hobby, you'll always find my email address at the top-left of this site.

73,
Brad, NB9M



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W9DYV Jonesborough, TN 2017 Event

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