First licensed in 1976. My interest in electronics goes back to the teenage years. Joined the Navy Reserve while still in high school, later attended Electronics
Technician Class "A" School at Great Lakes, Illinois and went on to service various radar and communications equipment aboard US Navy radar picket ships operating in the Southern Ocean south of
Campbell Island at 60 degrees south, 160 degrees east. In 1966, while at sea, I studied for a Conditional Class License, but never took the test. My enlistment ended in 1967 and went into the
computer service(s) business from where I retired after nearly 40 years, but went back as a consultant for 5 more years.
While living in Arlington, Texas, took the Advanced Class test at the FCC office in Dallas, sat outside the testing room on the hard wooden bench, waiting to be
called by the examiner. Back then the tests were administered by 2 "steely eyed FCC examiners" (as Wayne Greene, W2NSD, described them). They first administered the CW receiving and sending test,
then handed you the written test documents. As I sat for the written test among 20+ other people one of the examiners yelled out "Spinelli you passed the CW test". A lot different than
today's "high touch" testing process. I can also remember waiting for my ticket to arrive in the mail with my first call sign. Of course, The Little Print Shop would send you sample QSL cards
with your new call sign long before the actual license arrived!
Past call signs are: WB5WFD, WD6DLK, and KE6LT,Â also hold VK2IXC and ZL1NA
In September, 2016 we moved from Divide, Colorado at 9,200 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level to Tucson, Arizona. We now have 3.3 acres on the Sonoran Desert, surrounded
by many species of cacti, at an elevation of 2,500 feet (760 meters). The property is located in unincorporated Pima County, 15 minutes from all major shopping and hospitals. In April 2017 I
reinstalled my US Tower HDX-572 that was trucked from Colorado to Arizona by Cast Transportation (Denver).
This part of Pima County is a ham friendly area, no drama to get a building permit, all done on-line. Gary Pierce AE7GP, owner of
Western Communications helped with the installation. Being in the business Gary had the contacts for excavation, concrete and rebar. Gary and his employee David helped build the forms, rebar cage
(400 pounds of rebar) and position it in the hole. A local Professional Engineer certified the rebar and anchor bolt placement before we poured concrete. We had to pump concrete to the hole,
135 feet of hose, Gary was here for the concrete work. The county's final inspection was done over a Skype video conference, took 5 minutes. Building permit was about $250.