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Free Time Round Up!

Welcome!  If you've made it here either because you know me already or perhaps you were directed from a web search pertaining to public service ham radio, or RV's, or amateur high power rocketry, or drones or locks, or construction or maybe your just doing some family research and want to compare notes.  I'll try to help you any way I can. 

While the radio pages on this website are pretty complete now, the RV and other pages are under re-construction and will be done over the 2019 winter months when I have more free time inside while everything is iced up outside. 

For those of you in the Long Island NY ham radio community, greetings! I have a quick update here on my MIA status, in case you're wondering what I've been up to during my 2018 walkabout.  At the end of 2017, I resigned as DEC of Nassau County ARES, VP of ARCECS and as VP of LIMARC and as a volunteer for the Red Cross.  I did so in order to focus more on the demands of a new business I started with a partner in 2016, and to spend more weekends with my wife of 37 years, who had begun calling herself a Ham Widow. 

Being a volunteer for these terrific organizations was a wonderful experience which I will always recall with great fondness, but volunteering does have a way of capturing your free time (and then some) to the exclusion of other more important actions and people in life's journey.  So it was time to hit the reset button and put things back into their proper perspectives!

Our new business is doing well, I have spent more time with my family and friends than I have in years and we also bought a new Thor Compass 23TR class B+ diesel motor home.  Mad and I have been taking as many treks as possible, and as we get closer to retirement age, we're using the RV as our rolling studio apartment and research vessel to help us discover the perfect place to retire in. As you might imagine, I am also tricking it out to the highest level possible, ala Maximum Dave, while still maintaining its good looks and creature comforts.  But intergalactic comms are a given and Field Day will be a LOT more comfortable inside this RV!

So all's well and I will join you again on some 2019 radio events.  Until then I wish you all a very happy holiday season.  -73, Dave

FCC Call Sign AK1NS

William D. Akins

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