I am a FCC license Amateur Ham radio operator, since 1969.
I HAVE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORP FROM 1956-1963
I ALSO RAN PHONE PATCHES TO THE SOLDIER BOYS IN VIETNAM FROM SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER’S HOME HAM SHACK ON HIS HILL-TOP HOME… IT WAS A TWO-WAY HAM RADIO CONNECTIONS AND THE CALLS RAN FOR THREE MINUTES… AT LEAST THEY KNOW THAT EACH OTHER WAS SAFE FOR THAT MINUTE THAT THEY TALKED… IT MADE THEM SO HAPPY… IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT FOR THEM… I WILL NEVER FORGET HOW IT MADE ME FEEL LISTENING TO HOW HAPPY IT MADE THEM FEEL JUST FOR THAT THREE MINUTES OF TIME…!
Because of going up to the hill-top ham shack each evening to run ham radio phone calls to the vets in Vietnam and ever so often getting a view of watching the sun set over Phoenix, it made me want to build a home like Barry Goldwater. Ten years later, two children later & two houses later, We finally built that house on the hill that we dreamed of.. My wife Katie’s & I always worked as a team… She worked outside the home & I built the house on the hill..! It took me one and year & ahalf..! It was a labor of love and hard work... Dreams do come true..!
My wife Katie and our two girls, Michelle, & Melissa lived in the home for over twenty years… It was very hard for me to let go of the home to sell and move south so we could be close to our daughters. To sell the home that took me a year and a half to build was Soooo very difficult…