Well, I'm a native of southern California (for whatever that's worth), born in 1959 in Los Angeles County. I was raised in the San Gabriel Valley and graduated from Arroyo High School in 1977. I developed an interest in electronics and two-way radio during the halcyon days of "Citizens Band" in the early 70s, and that stuck with me as I graduated from high school and started what passed for my college career. I obtained an Associate of Science degree in Electronics from Rio Hondo Community College in 1983. I was talked into getting a ham license by some friends in the mid 80s, and obtained my original Novice rating in 1985. This turned out to be a fortuitous event which has shaped my career growth since then. By 1988 I was building FM repeaters for myself and others, and in 1992 I tested for and was granted a General Radiotelephone Operators License with Radar Endorsement, issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
I have worked for several different outfits, chief among them the Hewlett Packard Company, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, retiring in May of 2020. I am also at the end of a 30+ year volunteer service with CalOES as a member of their Communications Reserve Unit.
These days I live relatively quietly with my wife (K6BAB) in Talent, Oregon. We moved here at the end of 2020. I plan to continue to pursue my hobbies of amateur radio (I now hold a General Class license), overlanding / off-road adventuring, and digital photography.