Ciao paesano Oreste. My interest in radio began in the late1970s with Citizens Band. CB radio was becoming very popular back then and was a great way to stay in touch with family and friends and meet new friends. I guess you could compare CB radio then to the social networks that we use today on the internet.
In addition to meeting new friends on the radio I became interested with propagation of radio waves and also with how radios function. Naturally the next step for me was Amateur Radio. I earned my first Amateur Radio license in 1984 and was issued the call sign KA3NCJ.
Today I am fortunate to be employed by ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio. My job at ARRL headquarters provides me the opportunity to meet interesting people all over the United States and around the world. I help radio amateurs with all sorts of things from radio clubs to Logbook of The World. Another part of my job lets me try new Amateur Radio equipment and write product reviews about my experience with products.
Working with Amateur Radio everyday does not lessen my enjoyment from the hobby. I like many ham radio activities including chasing DX and awards, contesting and general HF operating. When I am not on the air I like making improvements to my station. I am very proud of the station that I have built. I have mono band yagi antennas for 10, 15 and 20m and a four square vertical array for 40m. Building the tower and the four square was a lot of fun. I have wire antennas for 160, 80 and 30m and ground mounted vertical for 17m. Of course I like to operate QRO.
Amateur Radio is not my only hobby. I also enjoy outdoor activities. My wife and I like to go camping and I often operate portable from various locations using wire antennas and a small 100 watt HF radio. Portable operating is a lot of fun for me and I really enjoy ARRL Field Day.
Being a member of a radio club has always been important to me. Clubs are a great place to meet friends and share the joy of ham radio. I get a lot of pleasure helping new hams learn about Amateur Radio. I am a member of a world class contesting club, Frankford Radio Club. I am also a member the Southington Amateur Radio Association, a local radio club in Connecticut.
Over the years I have collected many awards and prizes but none are as important as the friends I have made through Amateur Radio.
73, Norm Fusaro, W3IZ