I first became interested in electronics while in high school (1953-57), building a
small transistor radio in a clear plastic cigarette case (remember those) for a
science class project, also building several other regenerative receivers (tube)
while in the CAP.
After graduating from high school I joined the USAF where I was selected for
electronic schooling at Kessler AFB in Biloxi Mississippi. Here I spend (10 months,
6 hours a day, 5 days a week) schooling, starting with basic electronics (still
tubes at this time) and ending with long range and height finding radar (FPS3,
FPS6, and IFF) systems.
After graduating, my next assignment was Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida. Here
I worked on the FPS20 and FPS6 radar systems along with radio receivers. I also had
the privilege of being trained on one of the first computer systems being used to
guide fighter planes to their targets. This system (GPA35), was an analogy computer
system using all tubes (mostly 12AX7's).
My next assignment was at a small radar site in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada,
again working on radar systems.
After my 4 year stay in the USAF, I return home to Hickory, NC (1961) and then
moving to Charlotte, NC after accepting a job with Western Electric repairing
electronic equipment. After 5 years with Western Electric I left to accept a
position with Burroughs Corporation (now UNISYS) maintaining computer systems (now
Sometime during my first years with Western Electric I also obtain my amateur (ham)
radio advance class license WB4BXW which I still hold and my commercial First Class
During my first 10 years with Burroughs, it seems like half of them were spend in
school (Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angles) training on different
computer systems ranging from small to very large mainframes. I also managed a
group of field engineers maintaining computers system at 2 hospitals along with 2
large mainframes and about 300 early pc's at our company office used to develop and
debug software for hospital systems.
In 1976 I became interested in what was then call Micro Computer systems building a
SWTPC using the
Motorola B6800 micro processor chip (before the IBM PC). The clock speed on this
first system was a fast 1meg. It also had 4k (not meg) of memory and used a paper
tape reader to load a program (diskettes and hard drives were not yet available for
PC's). Later cassette tape and then 5 1/4" 180k floppy disk became available
to load and save programs on. Next came a large 5 meg hard drive which no one
figured would ever be filled with data. I was also able to upgrade the memory to
64k (not meg) for a price close to $500.00. Things have come a long way since then.
I was also privilege to have published several programs written in assembler
language for this system in several of the then PC magazines on the market. In the
early 80's, I taught Micro Computers at CPCC for several semester until my
traveling at Burroughs forced me to give this up.
I also worked part time for 30 years with Music and Electronics, Inc. repairing
electronic organ's, amplifiers, and sound systems.
Trained and qualified on:
- Novell Operating Systems
- Microsoft Operation Systems
- Dos (forgotten most of this)
- Windows 3.11 (forgotten all of this)
- Windows 95/98 (forgotten most of this)
- NT4.0 (forgotten most of this)
- Windows 7
- Exchange 5.5
- Outlook 98, 2000 and 2003
- Have also had schooling on the following computer languages:
- B6800 assembler language
- Visual Basic
- Have worked with Microsoft
- Power Point
- Front Page
- Network Administrator for a major computer software development company with:
- Novell severs using V 5.1
- Microsoft servers using both NT4.0, W2000 and W2003 servers
- Microsoft Exchange server 5.5
- Over 300 desktop and laptop computers using Win3.11, Win95, Win98,
W2000/XP, Microsoft Office XP/2003 , and remote access software.
This gives you a history of my qualifications and I hope confidence in having
My-PCConsultant help you maintain your PC.