Having spent six years as a news journalist, editor, and photographer during the '70s and more than twenty years in service, product development, marketing and sales of pathology laboratory equipment and various other bio-medical instrumentation and software, and traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom to a lesser extent, I'm currently serving as the Director of the Helvetia Public Library, enjoying Amateur Radio from a 2500-ft (762m) hilltop near peaceful Helvetia, West Virginia, while returning to my intrinsic need to make photographs.
Helvetia, West Virginia
Helvetia , West Virginia was settled by a group of Swiss and German immigrants, who came via Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1869. In addition to farmers and herdsmen, many craftsmen and professionals were among the settlers: stone masons; carpenters; painters; wagon, shoe, watch, hat, and cheese makers; musicians; teachers; ministers; and doctors. By 1874 additional groups arriving from other parts of the U.S. and Switzerland had boosted the population to 308; the population is now approximately 216.
W8AOK Station Overview
Located on a 3/4-mile long "hilltop" in
the center of a 200-acre tract, my HF station includes
an Icom IC-718 with
an MFJ-949E Versa
Tuner II feeding a 160-meter Inverted-V dipole suspended
from a 65-ft "Walnut
Brief Professional Bio
Alma Maters: WVU (1970 - '74); NOLS (1978); and, WVUIT (1980 - '82) .
1975 - 1980: News photographer, copy writer, and editor-in-chief of The Webster Echo and [managing editor] The Webster Republican newspapers in Webster Springs, West Virginia.
1982 - 1994: North America service operations manager for Shandon, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Shandon was later acquired by Thermo Electron Corporation [ c1997 ]. While serving as the service operations manager for the North American market of the world's largest manufacturer and supplier of in vitro diagnostic pathology laboratory instrumentation and related chemistry, activities also included that of a working field engineer, research and development, and marketing product line management.
1994 - 1996: Marketing research and business development primarily with image and flow cytometry software and hardware systems while working with several biomedical science start-up ventures in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
1997: Physical training for, and a return to, the Southern Wind River Range in Wyoming for three months of high-country backpacking and camping above 10,000-ft in "thin air" [you either "get it" or you don't] -- the sabbatical was superb!
1998 - 1999: Co-managed the Greater Orlando, Florida, area field service operations for Productivity Solutions, Inc., in Jacksonville. PSI was the leader in high-security automated check-out systems for retail businesses; they were later acquired by IBM.
1999 - 2002: Histology lab product line development for Mopec, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of pathology laboratory equipment and supplies; located in the Detroit metro area, Michigan.
2003 - 2008: Independent multi-role consultant for bio-medical service operations and technical marketing needs.
CONTEMPORARY: Director of the Helvetia Public Library, Helvetia, West Virginia.
Last content edit: 2013.02.22