FCC Call Sign AK1NS

My enjoyment in life comes from designing and building certain things which others don't typically do, then using and enjoying the hell out of them. That includes creating, building and improving on complex stuff, like restoring RV's, Boats, Houses, Emergency Communications Trailers, Trebuchets, High Security Locks, high power Rockets, Drones, Ham Radio projects & lots of other stuff fun I'm interested in.  Aside from family first, that's the well I draw satisfaction from!

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 Thor Compass 23TR RV's, or drones or locks, or amateur high power rocketry, or  Hobie kayaks 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 construction and will be worked on over the coming months. We've made some nice improvements in the 23TR Thor Compass, so I'm adding RV pages to this site to make room for the details and comments.  I've been surprised and happy to see many of my projects appear on Pintrest, so some of this photos may look familiar to you.

We still have some great Fall and Winter trips planned in our little motor home before the 2020 winter really sets in, and we fully intend to use it year round now. So no more winter cover, this toy is getting used.  We just completed our second winter weather trip into the Catskills, arriving home just hours before a big snow storm hits the mountain tops of Hunter and Wyndom in upstate New York.  In late September we drove to Lake Placid on miles of back roads and highways, as is our style, weaving through the Adirondaks and Catskill ranges, traveling old routes through forgotten towns and back country roads filled with Fall colors. With temperatures in the low to mid teens at night and barely reaching freezing in the day, we have managed the techniques of cold weather RV'ing and we'll share those experiences with you here on the 2018 Thor Compass.

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 since my 2018 walkabout began.  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 38 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!

So all is well, and the journey continues.

-73,  AK1NS

William D. Akins


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