SCARS STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

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BIO: GORDON KY6V
SCARS VOIP CEO & FOUNDER
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Gordon was born January 1937 in the Hawaiian Islands. He and his family moved to San Francisco shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He says that the trip across the pacific was more than interesting for a five year old, particularly being transported on a commercial ship painted dark grey, with the port holes locked tight and painted black.

Gordon grew up and was educated in the bay area of central California. He comes from an all ham family, his father W6ZP started his hamming in 1921 with spark gap, and was a broadcast engineer with CBS. His mother, K6EEE, after graduating from the University of Hawaii became an English teacher, and continued this pursuit for 50 years. Gordon was first licensed in January of 1949 at the age of 12, holds an Extra class license, commercial license, and will be celebrating his 68th year of hamming and his 80th birthday shortly.

Gordon spent his working career as an Electronic Engineer specializing in television broadcasting, with specific involvement with high powered RF transmitters. He retired from these pursuits in 2000, having spent 50 years in direct association with identities such as CBS, ABC, and FOX. Gordon works all modes, and claims the ability to be able to transmit and receive from DC to Light.


BIO: RON WA4HWN
SCARS VOIP CO-FOUNDER
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Ron WA4HWN was conceived in Fort Wayne, Indiana and drew his first breath of air on May 29, 1934. He was forcibly removed from Indiana to Mount Vernon, Ohio at the age of 1 year. He apparently was reluctant to make the journey of less than 200 miles as, it is reported, he ‘bawled all the way to Mount Vernon.

When but 5 years of age, he was fortunate enough to sit on the lap of a ham radio operator who was a co-worker of Ron’s father. While thusly seated, the friend made contact with a ham in Los Angeles who just happened to be demonstrating a new radio to his neighbor, Gene Autry. Ron was invited to talk with Gene for a few moments, thus resulting in an undying urge to become a ham when he grew up.

He was somewhat delayed in achieving his goal, but while a student at The Ohio State University he found himself employed, at first on a part time basis, and later full time, at the Antenna Laboratory at the University Research Foundation, Department of Electrical Engineering, in the Editorial Department. He got to know W8JK, Doctor John Kraus, (Author of the well known antenna bible, ‘Antennas’) who inspired Ron to foster a love for wire antennas!

Ron proceeded to follow through on his Gene Autry oath and proceeded, one by one, to obtain all of the then available license classes, Novice, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra.

He spent 38 years in the insurance claims adjusting and managing business, followed by 16 years with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He has lived in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida, Costa Rica, and now resides in Dothan, Alabama, The Peanut Capitol of the World deep in the Heart of Wire Grass Country, with his wife of 37 years, Carmen WD4AGY. There are 7 hams in the family including Ron’s oldest son, Rick, Rick’s wife and their two daughters as well as his youngest son.


BIO: BILL WD5KAE
SCARS VOIP CO-FOUNDER
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Bill WD5KAE was born in McComb, Mississippi in 1939 and grew up across the state line in Louisiana. He finished college at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in 1960. A retired electrical engineer, having worked in industrial construction in upstate South Carolina for the past twenty years. He still does a little estimating and consulting work mostly from the home QTH.

Bill was bit by the HAM “bug” while in high school and was encouraged by his high school principal whose real name was Elmer (W5HKJ). Bill has been a ham for over 40 years and holds a General Class ticket.

He is married to a great gal (Velta) for 52 years and has two sons (Art and Andy) and four grandchildren (Anna, Luke, Hannah and Max).

He resides in Lancaster, South Carolina which is a bedroom community of Charlotte, North Carolina.


BIO: KATHY K6SUN
SCARS VOIP NET MANAGER
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Kathy, K6SUN, also known as “Ms. Sunshine on the ham bands" was born in the State of Michigan. She was a legal secretary for many years, and after obtaining both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in teaching moved to Florida in 2006.

She resides in Port Saint Lucie, Florida and works as a high school teacher in Ft Pierce specializing in English and Social studies.

Although new to the ham fraternity, she has progressed very rapidly through all of the license classes. She obtained her Technician license in the summer of 2008, her General in 2010, and her Extra in January of 2011.

Although previously living in a gated community, she has the capability of operating on anything from 40 meters up to and including 440. In her new location in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, Gordon and Kathy has yet to install equipment to enable connectivity to all bands.

Most of her current time is spent with the VOIP division of SCARS, holding the position of Net Manager since February of 2012. Previously, and in some cases, still holds or held the positions of Assistant Net Manager, Database Manager, Training Manager, and Hospitality Manager. She is an active Net control, and further administers the duties of Program management.


BIO: GARY KC2GA
SCARS VOIP ASSISTANT NET MANAGER
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Born and raised in Syracuse, NY - Gary showed an interest in things mechanical and electrical at an early age, often (and to his parents chagrin) disassembling things in order to see what made them work!

A product of Syracuse's University Section, he was influenced by the numerous musicians and artists who lived there, along with professors and political figures. Music was all over that neighborhood, and Gary first began playing the drums at age eight, the guitar and harmonica ( taught to him by his mother - an accomplished harmonica player) by the time he was fourteen.

His interest in radio seems to have started about the same time. Always fascinated by DX AM stations late at night, he had a keen interest to learn more about the medium. Given an old ARRL handbook by the owner of the drugstore where he worked after school, he read it from cover to cover. The only thing that kept him from getting his license was the dreaded code required then. When he got to high school, he majored in technical electronics.

The next few years were spent playing in bands, working and going to school for Radio and Television Broadcasting at Onondaga Community College. One of his RTV professors recognized his talent and got him an interview at the station where he formerly worked. Gary became the afternoon drive personality and eventually program director. After seven years, the station changed formats - Gary figured it was "best to get an honest job" and went to work for General Electric. He continued to work in the market at a major adult contemporary station on a part time basis. He continued his work in manufacturing at Crouse-Hinds until his job was sourced offshore.

After manufacturing it was tech support for a local phone company/isp and finally, his technician license. Another support job with a software company and two license upgrades, Gary now holds an Extra Class license. "I give 100% credit to SCARS and its outreach program for my success with the Extra ticket" he is quoted as saying.

Now semi retired - he is looking forward to more time with family (including his two crazy cats), friends and lots more ham radio, and also pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree.


BIO: Tony KJ4PUJ
SCARS VOIP BOARD MEMBER & PAST NET MANAGER
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Tony grew up in New England and as a result of a public service career, has lived in 10 states (a few of those states more than once) and overseas. As a result of yet another job transfer, he moved to the Florida Keys in early 2009 and realized that he needed a way to communicate should the cell towers and Internet go down. He went and earned his Technician class license in Oct 2009.

While the folks that maintain the repeaters in the Keys do a great job, the repeaters are old and tired; and sometimes even 6M and 10M transmissions from the Keys do not always get heard. So, after a great deal of studying, he upgraded to General class in April 2011.

Another job transfer took him north to southwest Florida in Nov 2012 (aka - the mainland); and as of October 2013, “the shack" is back into operation.

When he’s not working, spending time with his family, or on the airwaves; you can find him playing his bass guitar, on his motorcycle, or doing something involving the water/beach.


BIO: GEORGE KW4LCB
SCARS VOIP BOARD MEMBER & PAST ASSISTANT NET MANAGER
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George was born August 1946 in Key West Florida. Being born next to the water, he spent many early years on the water. He specialized in commercial fishing and in particular the charter boat business.

George is a man of many talents; he has been a member of an elite mountain rescue group, trained firefighter, and EMT. He currently owns and operates a transportation business in central Florida.

George was a key planner and supporter for the SCARS VOIP creation back in the latter part of 2007. He is a senior NCS, past Assistant Net Manager, member of the board of directors, runs his own 2 and 440 repeater covering a nice foot print in central Florida. George is a person who is quite agile, he is known far and wide for his professional ability for tower assembly and dis-assembly, in fact he is more comfortable on top of a tall tower talking to the birds then he is on the ground.


BIO: PAUL N1SEZ
SCARS VOIP BOARD MEMBER & PAST ASSISTANT NET MANAGER
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Paul was born in Philadelphia Pa July 1954. He grew up in Philly and ‘due to a long series of bizarre circumstances’ landed in Danbury CT where he resides today. While he is often heard making fun of Danbury he really loves where he lives and all the beauty New England has to offer.

After trying his hand at an industrial electrical career for four years after high school he decided to go to college and discovered a love of Organic Chemistry. He was employed right out of college as an organic chemist and has worked at the same establishment for the past 32 years.

Paul’s first radio was a transistor radio given to him by his grandmother. Despite his love of music he discovered he loved listening to people talk on these talk shows. When he was a boy scout at 13 years old he and a handful of other scouts from his troup visited a local ham to see what this amateur radio stuff was all about. When there the host contacted an operator who was on the bridge of a ship in the Mediterranean...he was totally amazed. It took awhile but Paul finally got his ticket and on the air in 1995. His first DX contact on CW was with a Czechoslovakian station. Again, he was amazed and didn’t really believe it until he got that QSL card many months later. What amazes Paul to this day is how much he loved that dreaded operating mode CW.

These days, after playing around with pianos most of his life Paul decided to actually take lessons and learn how to read music. After 6 months of study he finally purchased a real acoustic piano and has been thoroughly enjoying the journey. He’s become somewhat of a fixture on SCARS AM connection and has really enjoyed his time as an NCS.


BIO: DOUG KAØGYF
SCARS VOIP SENIOR SYSOP
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Doug tells us that Christmas 1958 at age 10, Santa brought his first radio. He says that he wished we could have afforded a Trans-Oceanic the same year, but the radio would have cost his folks five months rent (Zenith in 1958 cost $179.00, his father’s rent was $35 a month). He recalls tweaking the variable capacitors in that transistor radio to receive 1.75 Megahertz which at the time was the Los Angeles police. At age sixteen he would sit out California nights in the driveway tuning AM Broadcast DX in a 1954 Chevrolet.

His radio experience was enhanced by Los Angles public schools that had electric shop classes with operational ham radio stations. Doug’s first interest in Ham radio was about 1960, finally passing the novice in 1976.

Doug was born in Hollywood California, Drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Kansas where he met his sweetheart Marilyn KAØRUL. They came to Fort Myers in 1985 where they lived off generator power for six days after hurricane Charley.

Doug’s Interest outside of hamming includes battery operated portable radios from the 50s/60s and Bicycling.

His Ham radio activities include EchoLink that he monitors with a Handy Talkie via his own link KAØGYF-L Node #125213.

BIO: SLAV UA3QGN
SCARS VOIP SECTION MANAGER
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Hello, everybody! I am Slav, UA3QGN. I got my first license in 1975. It was a 3rd class license, which allowed me to use CW on 3.5 and 7 MHz. I was quite happy, since after 2 years of working as a military radio operator, I was able to meet friends all over the world. CW for me at that time was, and still is, the language of real radio boys. The “just CW” period in my HAM life was finished, when I got my HSC number #1310 in 1984. Then I put attention to more sophisticated modes like RTTY and SSTV. Don't forget, that there were no computer supermarkets at the time, and I had to build my own equipment to be able to use it. Another problem was that Russia still was 'the USSR' and communists ruled every small portion of our life at the time. So it was difficult to get a special license for RTTY, because there were no Hams in my city, who used it! So nobody could control my messages. Our authorities did not appreciate it. I solved that problem, by getting two licenses - one for me and one for a club station of Voronezh Polytechnic University (UZ3QYN, ex UW3KLJ, UK3QAE)- It was not too difficult, since I was the chief of the club station at the moment :-).Some RTTY years passed by and I decided to use a microphone first time in my life. My favorite band was 14MHz and with my home brew equipment and a "spider web double quad" antenna I was glad to contact many stations on SSB. Then our country faced difficult time, we called it "perestroika", and my radioactivity was reduced dramatically. Many years passed by and I met a quite interesting mode again. Though some HAMs do not like it, I think it is a fantastic mode. Instead of using very expensive equipment and big power, I can use just 0.5W portable radio even walking along a street and still contact every place on the Globe! I am certainly meaning the EchoLink, and like it, systems. So you are welcome to my UA3QGN-L link 366605 (144.975 MHz)! My next step in the great world of amateur radio is to show my family members the way to it. Now my wife Julia (RN3QUT) and my son Serge (RN3QUS) are making their first steps as HAMs, hope they will be really radio-active soon and one day you will meet all of us calling "CQ, here are UA3QGN, RN3QUS and RN3QUT".

If you would like to know more about a family of Russian HAMs, you are welcome at our site: http://UA3QGN.no-ip.org Sorry, the site is still under construction - not all links work, but we keep working on it. Our ftp server is being refreshed more frequently, at least Photo folder. You are welcome to visit it as well.


BIO: ROGER W4RFJ
SCARS VOIP BOARD MEMBER
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Roger was born 1960 in Watertown New York. His family moved to Palm Beach Gardens on the South East coast of Florida in 1966. He joined the U.S. Navy and was trained as an Electronic Technician in 1978. Retiring in September of 1994 as an Electronic Technician Chief, he moved to Ridley Park, Pa. to be with his Best Friend and Companion Miss Charlotte KA3TEJ.
He blames his dad for giving him the desire to learn more about electronics! When he was a young lad his father, Jake Jordan, tried to convince him that he could not watch Star Trek because of the terrible strain it put on the television set! His dad explained, it had something to do with the angle of the radio waves and the stress on the electronic circuits because of it! His fate was sealed that fateful day Roger was watching Star trek and Lightening struck close by thus destroying the TV! Of course his dad knew he was watching Star Trek, the TV blew up! Upon completion of his electronic schools, He put his dad to sleep trying to explaining to him how it really works! This prompted Roger to pursue teaching along with his technology endeavors.
In 1982 Roger was awarded his Novice Amateur Radio License (KB4MHL). Roger upgraded to Extra and applied for his present vanity call, W4RFJ. His son, Roger Junior (JR) now holds his original call (KB4MHL) as a Technician.
There is an explanation for the name “Chief”. It seems like everywhere Roger goes everyone calls him “Chief”! Just ask the Admiral (Miss Charlotte), she will tell you it is the only name he answers to!
In July 2013, “Chief” Completed his BS in Information Technology, Cum Laude, at Kaplan University. He has been an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (15 years). Recently Appointed the demanding position as Emergency Coordinator for Philadelphia County he has been an avid member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Too many years to count). Recently, Roger was promoted to Chief Technical Instructor RRD at South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA).
As everything changes around them, Roger and Charlotte are looking forward to calling Florida home again! They both feel confident that they are on the correct path to do just that! They working hard to make sure all ties are broken to the north so that Gordon will not be able to blame them for the weather if his feet freeze when hitting the floor in the AM! ‘73


BIO: GEORGE NO7O
SCARS VOIP BOARD MEMBER
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George has held amateur radio and commercial broadcast FCC licenses first since 1965, and an Extra Class license since 1984. He joined Southcars VOIP in September of 2015, became a Southcars NCS in February 2016 and member of the Southcars VOIP board in late 2016. He will work with the other more long-standing VOIP staff and board members to promote and protect the values, goals, and participation of Southcars.

George brings to Southcars his half century of experience adapting business practices to changing technologies, having served in professional positions and public service careers in Business Administration, Data Mining, SQL,SAS, and Teradata database, software engineering, computer security, Hospital Information Systems, telecommunications networking technology, and public service in the U.S. Government Departments of Defense, Transportation, Interior, and Health. His creativity designing innovative solutions has contributed to significant business operational cost savings and reductions in loss of property and life.

George graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s in Business Administration and with Dean’s List from Barton College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. His studies included business administration, statistical operations research, board room skills, and successful business negotiation techniques. He served as a graduate teaching assistant during his MBA , and was the first teaching assistant at Barton College to ever serve in both the music and chemistry departments at the same time. He built the college’s first electronic music laboratory from scrap parts.

In the fine arts, George is a published technical author, editor, and industry conference workshop speaker. As a performing artist, George has played in Percussion Performance Ensembles starting in 1970, worked in TV and radio broadcasting as both talent and in the control room, as an extra in movies and commercials, had several acting roles in community theatre, served as an usher at the Opera House in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and once served as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon North Rim giving seminars on the park’s natural and human history.

George currently works in web based audio and video streaming, statistical database analysis, volunteers his service and computer skills in service to the elderly and disenfranchised, and as a licensed pharmacy technician, volunteers for the medical reserve corps.

Most of all, George likes to smile, give away a laugh a day, and enjoy the fellowship of others, especially in his Southcars family.


BIO: STEVE KF5VH
SCARS WEBSITE MAGICIAN
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Steve was born and raised in South Bend Indiana. His Dad is K9YXO and got him interested in all things electronic and in 9th grade helped him get his first call sign WN9FXY. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana and worked at WXUS on the air. After an ASEET and BS at Purdue, Steve worked full time for the PUrdue Boilermakers for a little over 10 years. Steve designed, built custom circuits and software for research projects & engineering labs. In 1975 he booted the second UNIX system on campus, administered the system, wrote device drivers, new system calls and new applications in C, FORTRAN, BASIC, GASP4 and RATFOR. The last 4 years at Purdue he was the Manager of Network Services for Purdue ECN (the Engineering Computer Network).

In 1985 Steve relocated to Lafayette Louisiana and started working for USL (University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Geaux Ragin Cajuns!)). He was the first director of Information and Media Networks at UL Lafayette (1985). The group is responsible for computer data connectivity, telephone services, smart classrooms, telephone operator services, A/V equipment loan, compressed video meeting services, traditional printing services and digital duplication. The group also serves as a technical information resource for the entire campus. Steve retired as Director in December 2013. He currently works part-time for UL Lafayette as a Special Projects Engineer.

Steve has a wonderful and understanding wife Linda, KA9TWO, and two great sons (W5JSM and KC5UCG) with families and his four grandkids (including KC5AMM). He has always been driven to try lots of things before they close the lid on his box. So at various times Steve has been involved in: R/C Planes, Model Rocketry, Water Skiing, an assistant SCUBA instructor, Bowling, Fishing, Competitive Target Shooting, Photography, Horseback riding, flying as a Private Pilot (PP-ASEL-IA), Civil Air Patrol, Karate, Volunteer Fire Fighter and Medical First Responder, currently volunteers with the technical team for the parish Homeland Security Office and of course Amateur Radio (the only hobby that has stuck).

LAST UPDATED 11-19-2017