Well, let’s see what there is to tell! To start with, I’m James Long. I’m 29, and I’ve lived for most of my life in the greater Tampa Bay area of Florida, although within that scope I’ve moved around quite a bit!
By the time I was 13, my family had lived in seven different places throughout Tampa Bay, including three different houses and a variety of apartments. The reasons behind each move were never very clear to me at that age; it was always something to do with my father’s job, or else something financial, and my parents were quite private about that sort of thing. Saying that, it never really bothered me, but I do think that’s where my early interest in amateur radio came from, that being my first brush with technology or “gadgets” of any kind.
It was my father who initially introduced me to amateur radio as a pastime, but I quickly discovered that other enthusiasts had long since form a tightly-knit niche community. I wasn’t a complete loner by any means, and with the way we moved around, it was hard to make lasting friends; this seemed like it might be a good way to keep in touch with people who share a common hobby. It only took me a few months, after my father showed me the ropes, before I really got into it. By the time I was 15, at which time we’d settled down (more or less…) I was long since hooked. Presently, I’m a member in good standing with the National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL).
I’ve spent my whole life fascinated by tech of any kind. I think the modern digital era is a fascinating time to live in as a result! On this blog, you’ll find my accounts of whatever latest gadget or gizmo has caught my attention, as well as periodic updates regarding any progress with my hobby as an amateur radio enthusiast. I hope this interests you as much as it does me; feel free to send me an email, and let me know what you think!