John Beckwith, N6JCB
1 Oct 2006
Greetings, I got my license in 2000 though I was a Coast Guard
Radioman a long, long time ago for a brief time. Finished
radioman school in
in June, 1967 and was stationed on the USCGC Glacier (Icebreaker
- you could have guessed....) However - only a month later was
sent of to flight school to fly helicopters. So my experience
was somewhat limited.
these years I finally got back to it and got my tech plus (13
wpm first try…:-) in January 2000 followed by the general
upgrade in March of that year.
– I Flew helicopters in the Coast Guard for about 12 years -
(back to those Icebreakers) and
as an instructor. Left the Coast Guard and flew helicopters
commercially for several years before finally seeing the light
and going back to school to get my undergraduate ('86) and
graduate ('88) degrees in Information Systems. Been doing that
ever since and am now managing an office at
here in LA.
I spend most
of my radio time supporting fund raising events and am involved
with Disaster Communications in both LA County DCS and LAFD ACS.
I am bicycle mobile (with a mobile radio and 12v battery…:-)
and motorcycle mobile on a Honda Gold Wing and active with MARC.
I’m setup to both tx and rx in APRS and my next projects are
to figure out packet and get my code proficiency back up to
Feel free to
contact me – e-mail.