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A little bit about me. When I was about 11, I had read a book about light bulbs and why they glow. It was because the current flowed through the cord into the filament and made it glow as it went, the book explained. Well, I figured, I wanted to double-check that theory and make me a filament of my own. In lack of better materials I swiped my Mom's sewing needle and went looking for a suitable "cable" to put the new "filament" on. Thinking about it now many decades later I can't help but wonder what might have happened had I decided to conduct my glowing experiment on a real power cable. But at the time our TV antenna coax cable seemed like harmless enough candidate. After all, it was a cable too, that I already knew! So it became the donor of my first and only experiment in that field. At that time I had absolutely no clue about the power needed to make something glow at the end of a power cord, much less that of an antenna cable. But I was determined to experiment anyway. To make a long story short I was caught, having cheated my otherwise kind father out of his soccer game. And to make matters worse I couldn't see anything glow. But it spurred my interest and I went on to read more and more books. It was in high school when I graduated to the wonderful world of radio. At first it was all broadcast but I quickly discovered the magic of short waves. One night, when tinkering on our kitchen table, I was able to bring in Radio Havana. Wow! I knew then I was bit by the electronics bug for life. I liked to experiment. Since that day, myriads of projects have followed. Some more successful than others but all rewarding and fun.

I met computers in the fall of 1982 as a freshman in the university and they have been my other love ever since. Over the years, there has been quite a bit of programming and a number of hardware projects. So I carry on with one foot in the analog, the other in the digital world. I don't know which side I like more. I guess both.

I currently hold amateur radio Extra Class license with the call sign of KC2ZPL. When not soldering a project or programming, I am mostly active on 40 meters. Recently I completed the MITx 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics 2012 Fall course, that took just about every free moment I had. So many projects and so little time. I only wish I had more time.

Finally I would like to extend my deepest love to my dear wife Siiri who's limitless understanding and help creating these pages has made it all possible.

 

Sincerely,

Brian, KC2ZPL