Dr Alan B. Johnston got his start in electronics and radio as a teenager when he got his ham radio extra class license, call sign KU2Y. He built satellite antennas, and tracked satellites, and communicated using the AMSAT OSCAR-8 satellite. Since 2018 he has served as AMSAT’s Vice President for Educational Relations. He has developed the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator, a functional satellite model, which has been used in a number of high school and college classrooms to teach STEM, space, and radio concepts. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University. He worked for over twenty-five years in the telecommunications and internet communications industry, contributing to IETF standards and becoming a recognized expert in Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC). He is on the faculty of Villanova University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as a Teaching Professor, where he is the faculty advisor of the Villanova University CubeSat Club and the Amateur Radio Club W3YP. He has written five technical books and the technothriller novel "Counting from Zero", and holds over a dozen US patents. You can follow him on Mastodon @firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Luscre K8ZT
A prolific QRP Operator, Contester and DXer, Anthony also maintains a Ham Radio Resources Website, K8ZT.com, writes for CQ Magazine, On All Bands Blog and developed an online course for the ARRL. He is a frequent speaker for club presentations and serves as ARRL Ohio Section Youth Coordinator.
Augie (Gus) Hansen KB0YH
Retired electrical engineer with field experience in environmental equipment design and deployment, telecommunications equipment, computer technology and programming, and radio/tv broadcasting, as well as technical and business management. I continue to do some contract work and freelance writing in these areas.
Brian Mathews AB6D
Brian Mathews' interest in amateur radio became reinvigorated during COVID by discovering the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program. He was seriously hooked while becoming the first SOTA party to summit Kuna Peak at 13,000 feet (after summiting 2 other peaks to get there) outside Yosemite National Park. He developed the SOTAmat software after accidentally inventing a new method of communicating computer commands via FT8 over HF.
Corey Ruth KD3CR
Corey is the current president of the Queen Anne's Amateur Radio Club, a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club contesting club, Queen Anne's County RACES, and the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club.
Dan (RATPAC) Marler K7REX
**Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC) **comprises Amateur Radio Operators of a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Together, we host nationwide Amateur Radio Zoom presentations twice-a-week, Wednesdays on general radio topics and Thursdays on amateur radio emergency communications. The presentation audience consists of thousands of amateur radio operators worldwide who participate directly in the Zoom sessions or with video links of the presentation and related documentation sent out after each session.
Daniel Marks KW4TI
Daniel Marks, KW4TI, is a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, having graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. His fields of speciality include optical engineering, computed imaging, and signal processing. He has made dozens of open hardware projects ( ) including many for amateur radio.
Don Westacott VE6HQ
Don has pursued a lifelong interest in science and engineering beginning as a youth in western Canada. He received his first amateur radio license at the age of 15 while attending high school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Don continued this interest and graduated from the University of Alberta receiving a Bachelor Science in Electrical Engineering. During the last 41 years he has worked in the Energy Exploration industry in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, the Middle East and the Far East.
His technical area of interest lead to publications of nuclear magnetic resonance applied to reservoir characterization. He was granted numerous US patents for developments of wireline pressure core technology. Don Westacott strongly considers training and technology transfer as an important part of his role within the E&P industry. Don accepted a role as guest lecturer at the Colorado School of Mines providing instruction to a new generation of petroleum engineering students. Don was honored to be the Distinguish Speaker at the Harvard University Energy Panel Arab Conference. During 2020, Don received the prestigious Hart Energy Innovators Award.
I was first amateur radio license was in 1967 as VE6ANW, a year later achieved the advanced certification as VE6RI. I initially pursued 20-meter DX working using the Drake R4B / T4XB / L4B equipment and a 3 element Yagi/Uda antenna at 70 feet. Soon after, I became interested in weak signal UHF propagation. Constructing of a "home brew" 70 cm radio system complete with 4CX250 linear amplifier based upon a novel resonant coaxial cavity design was completed. Three hundred (300) kilometer daily communications using over the horizon tropospheric scatter was achieved between his Edmonton QTH and VE6JX located in Calgary, Alberta.
After more than 50 years have passed, I have rejoined the amateur radio ranks and currently active on 20 meters and VHF / UHF bands. I was granted the KI5KGX call as a extra class USA amateur operator. Subsequently, we moved to Canada and I reinstated by Canadian amateur radio certificate and requested my current call VE6HQ.
Don and his wife Marilyn enjoy the success of their sons Matthew and Andrew.
During 2021, I presented a QSO Today webinar reviewing Time and Frequency, which may be found at : [VOD Player (qsotodayhamexpo.com)](https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/player-august.html?link=NTk3MTkzMTc5)
Eric Sherk WO2S
Eric has held an amateur license for almost 50 years. Starting as a novice in 1973 in Upper Michigan, he upgraded several times before finally upgrading to Amateur Extra in 1989 in upstate New York. He held leadership positions in his college radio club as well as his local club in New York. Eric is now semi-retired after a career in chip design working for IBM and Qualcomm among others. After a long hiatus from ham radio, he is active again and enjoying many facets of the hobby, some old (CW, SSB) and some new (FT8, SDR, DMR) as well as, of course, NCPACKET.
George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU
Host of the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast.
Greg Lane N4KGL
Greg Lane, N4KGL, was first licensed in the late 60s at the suggestion of his Dad. Ham radio sparked an interest in electronics, and he obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Greg took a 25-year hiatus in ham radio along the way and got relicensed up to an extra class about ten years ago. Since then, Greg has been interested in QRP and portable operating, taking advantage of the many parks on the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida. In particular, Greg enjoys the challenge of RaDAR, Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. Greg has served as the president of Panama City ARC for two years and is heading up an initiative to get new licensees on-the-air called Beginner's Academy. Greg shares on his blog at n4kgl.info and posts many ham radio videos on his YouTube channel.
J Gordon Beattie Jr W2TTT
Gordon has been licensed for 48 years (his prior calls were WN2CAM, WB2CAM & N2DSY) and is an ARRL Life Member. His primary interests are VHF/UHF/Microwave weak signal work, Public Service, Amateur Radio Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) mesh high-speed data networks, building, rag chewing and operating demonstration stations and activities for Scouts, other youth and adults. Gordon operates HF, VHF and UHF at home, portable and mobile using FT8, CW, PSK31, Packet, SSB, FM, Fusion and DMR on bands through 5.8 GHz.
Gordon and his wife Nancy N2FWI have been married for 40 years and are both involved in net control operations for the Passaic County, New Jersey Fair, the New York City Marathon and Suwannee County, Florida ARES.
Gordon retired from AT&T Bell Labs/AT&T Labs/ AT&T in 2020, whereupon he and Nancy moved to Florida and then Gordon joined the Chief Technology Office of VIAVI Solutions where he works on 5G/6G cellular networks, Non-Terrestrial Networks, and tactical networks among other projects. Gordon is a prolific inventor and inventor-mentor of others. He attributes his career to the Gifts of God, the encouragement and patience of his parents, siblings, teachers and colleagues and Amateur Radio.
Jack McElroy KM4ZIA
Jack McElroy received his Technician license in 2016 at the age of 9 and was granted his General in 2020 at the age of 13. He is a sophomore at Alliance Academy for Innovation in Cumming, Georgia USA.
He lives at the base of Sawnee Mountain, one of the first mountains in the Appalachian chain, and due to this, he has developed a great love for the outdoors and hiking. Ham radio has always been a big part of his life, and due to his hiking hobby, he has become a big fan of SOTA. He has done several small activations on his local Sawnee Mountain but also loves to venture out into the Georgia mountains to activate some hard-to-reach summit. Jack believes SOTA is critical for ham operators as it allows them to practice their radio skills where conditions and equipment may not be favorable or plentiful, respectively.
Jim Fielder WA7VFQ
Jim, WA7VFQ spent his career in healthcare as a Critical Care based Respiratory Care Practitioner. During that time he was actively involved in helping to develop new systems to provide and monitor lifecare support equipment, teaching and research. Upon retirement Jim decided to get involved with Amateur Radio and has since tested thru to his Amateur Extra license and had continued teaching and training individuals on several aspects of the Amateur Radio hobby.
Jim became involved in DV during his first year in the hobby back in 2015. He is active with DStar, DMR, and C4FM. Jim acts as a Net Control Operator (NCO) and has been a NCO on 4 different nets, on both DStar and DMR. When mobile, Jim employs hotspots to all these modes and also analog voice on IRLP.
Jim also is an active HF operator and enjoys both sides of Parks on the Air (POTA), being an Activator and Hunter.
John Portune W6NBC
Licensed:1965, Extra 1972
GROL, General Radio Telegraph
Bachelor’s degree, Physics, Oregon State University 1960
Career (Retired) Television broadcast engineer/instructor
KNBC Ch 4 Los Angeles, Sony Broadcast San Francisco
Ham magazine author: ARRL: QST and On the Air (over 35 to date) and other magazines
Frequent Zoom live radio club and ham expo presentations
Active on HF, VHF, UHF – SSB, FM, digital modes and ham satellites
John Crist KF7TLF
Amateur radio operator since 2012. Currently experiencing weak signal DX on VHF, award earning on HF, and EME. Loads of homebrew and weak signal experience I'd love to pass on to new hams!
Lee Barrett K7NM
MSEE from Montana State University 1977
Chief Engineer - KOJM/KPQX-FM, Havre, MT 1977-1982
Electronic Engineer - USAF 1982-1984, Hill AFB, UT, 6501 RANS
Operations & Maintenance Dept. Manager - CSC, USAF Utah Test & Training Range - 1984-1991
Deputy Program Manager - Arcata Associates USAF Nellis Test & Training Range - 1991-1992
Owner/founder TransTrak GPS vehicle tracking systems 1991-1998
Engineering Manager - Loral/Lockheed-Martin USAF Nellis Test & Training Range - 1992-1996
Vice President - Product Development/Manufacturing - In-Line Diagnostics/Hema Metrics/Fresenius Medical Care (Optical Dialysis Blood Monitors) 1996-2022
Retired 2022 - Still consulting on medical devices
Mark Waldrop KE4WA
Retired Funeral Director serving over 50 years in the Death Care Industry
Licensed since 1971
Active on HF, Digital, and Remote Hams
As of late using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance my Website, ap777.org I have expanded it to Amateur Radio. From Tech to Extra the possibilities are endless
Mark Smith N6MTS
Mark Smith, aka Smitty, has been a ham since high school, getting his Technician license in 1992. He's given presentations at DEF CON, BayCon, QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, and several ham clubs. He likes building radios more than using them. He recently (January 2022) started Halibut Electronics, a company building Amateur Radio and Audiophile electronics products and kits.
Martin Butler M1MRB/W9ICQ
I am in my late sixties, a family man with a lovely wife, three children (Colin, M6BOY is the eldest) and four grandchildren.
I started my work career working for Philips making colour TV’s and spent 10 years as a radio and television engineer. During this time I passed my City & Guilds exams and had my first look at Amateur Radio, however, I remained a Short Wave Listener.
Twenty years in the computer industry and in 1999 I was working with another contractor who was into Amateur Radio. We discussed the hobby and I ended up going to Brighton College to do my RAE. I passed my RAE in December 2000 and got the call sign M1MRB. I have been an active member of Sutton and Cheam Radio Society since 1999 and am now a committee member.
A group of us at the club wanted to start a training group in 2005 and I have now become the lead instructor.
I am a member of the Radio Society of Great Britain and the GQRP Club. My latest venture is working with Colin on ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast which I am enjoying greatly.
Michael Walker VA3MW
Mike has been an active Amateur since 1974 and loves every minute of it. From Repeaters, HF, HF Contesting, Satellites and starting is currently tinkering in EME digital modes. He loves HF Station integration, remote HF operation and currently represents FlexRadio Systems with the Marketing and Education team.
Michelle Thompson W5NYV
Michelle Thompson is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit R&D Open Research Institute (ORI). Responsible for amateur satellite service regulatory reform, she sits on the FCC Technological Advisory Council. Chair of the San Diego Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), she is passionate about amateur radio and has created a wide variety of practical circuit designs and founded the Information Theory Society and Open Source Digital Radio local group.
Mooneer Salem K6AQ
Mooneer Salem has been a ham since the early 2000s and has helped develop and maintain the FreeDV project since 2020. He has contributed code to and developed several other open source projects, including a Web based magnetic loop controller and to Winlink. When not developing software, Mooneer typically monitors 14.236 MHz for FreeDV traffic or other digital modes such as FT8 or JS8Call.
Richard Persh KN4GJV
Ham radio General class 3 years
Lockheed Martin 40 years, retired
BSEE and MS
Rod Hardman VA3ON
Rod is passionate about various aspects of the Amateur Radio hobby, including Digital, QRP, DSTAR and Raspberry Pi experimentation. Annual Dayton Pilgrim. He stands in the rain for deserving ARES events. He is a terrible contester. He promises he will _someday_ learn The Code.
Professionally, Rod is a Product Manager leading a team of software developers in an Agile framework. He builds cool, useful products. He once designed / built Windows based PCs, clustered servers and networking products for HP in Cupertino. He now uses Macs exclusively.
Thomas Langer KD9FPC
As a kid, sat by my dad as he operated with his very basic rig. Or on car rides with him going mobile. Obtained my tech license in 2016. General and Extra followed. Then came CW. I lost my code and memory of radio things as a result of a medical complication that involved months in the hospital in 2021, and am staring over. Talking to some great therapists I was able learn to learn. That sent me off on a now 2 year research project of my own to learn how to learn and remember.
Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL
Thomas (K4SWL) has been a ham radio operator since 1997 and during that time has made most of his contacts in the field. He is the owner of [QRPer.com](http://QRPer.com): a website devoted to field radio. Thomas also has a YouTube channel where he publishes ad-free, real-time, real-life field activation videos.
Troy Davis K4JDA
After growing up on a farm in upstate South Carolina, Troy earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson, and then moved to Atlanta in the early 90’s. Spending 30 years in Consulting, Start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies from a work perspective, a love of sailing led Troy to an interest in long distance “off grid” communications. Troy acquired his Tech and General in 2018, and his Extra in early 2019.
Troy is trying to explore many of the aspects of Amateur Radio including DX, Contesting, Emergency Management, field operating, and most importantly, building stuff. He has a LOT of questions, and is always trying to learn new things from the great variety of Elmers in the hobby, both local and on line.
Troy married way above his pay grade, and he and his wife Ashley have two boys, and live in Kennesaw, Georgia, outside of Atlanta. Troy is a member of the Silver Comet Amateur Radio Society in Dallas, GA, the ARRL, and QRP ARCI.
Vince d'Eon VE6LK
Vince has been licensed since 2002 in Canada as VE6LK and in the USA as AI7LK. An Accredited Examiner in Canada and the USA, he gave the first remote Canadian examination when the COVID-19 pandemic started. He participates in up to a dozen public service events per year around Western Canada and is active on the air while glamping. You can hear Vince on the Ham Radio Workbench podcast, follow him on Twitter @VE6LK, and view the projects and articles on his website https://ve6lk.com