Meet the team
Puget Sound DMR Group
This site came from a desire to change the perception of Digital Mobile Radio in the amateur radio community of the pacific northwest, but we believe that much will be applicable to amateur DMR around the world. Some of us have had exceptionally poor experiences with the local regional DMR group or repeater system, usually related to the limitations of, or, the management of, the c-Bridge system. We are dedicating this site to education and a factual information exchange about DMR. Our goal is to dispel some common myths and preventing negative experiences in the future. Our intent is to provide both current and future DMR operators a welcoming place, free of unnecessary dogma, rules and other limitations... except for those set forth by the FCC, of course. This site provides a forum for receiving and sharing knowledge, and the ability to make your own decisions about how to best use DMR for your needs. We are all open to different perspectives for finding solutions. We will remain manufacturer agnostic as much as possible. Some manufacturers provide solutions that others do not. When those arise, we will add a disclaimer.
We’re excited you’re here, we hope you are too! Welcome!
NOTE: While we aren’t currently a club, we hope to form one in time, focused on putting ideas into action and growing the amateur DMR subscriber base, building a foundation of support for the amateur radio DMR community.
Please be patient while we continue to build this site. We have many ideas, day jobs, and families which get in the darn way of making an awesome site overnight. 😊
Jamie Hughes (WA7JH)
You might say I am passionate about radio. When I’m asked about radio, I commonly respond, it’s my profession, my hobby, and my passion. I got hooked during my first CB (unlicensed) conversation when I was a kid. I used CB radio for everything, from handie talkies with my friends, to base station and mobiles between my parents and me, to “rabbit hunting” (similar to fox hunting without DF). I was introduced to amateur radio through a professional request for me to be the liaison between my department and the Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club (BARC). As a part of the year 2000 (Y2K) doomsday prep, BARC held a class to become Technician class ham radio operators. I was licensed, KD7HPE, January 4th, 2000. Thank goodness the world didn’t end!!!! 😊. I’ve moved up in class, driven by my increasing passion. I have an extensive commercial radio background that started in 1993. I remain professionally engaged in 2 way radio working for a 2 way radio manufacturer.
During my travels, I’ve come across both professional and amateur radio folks that have guided my experience and my knowledge. I will be forever grateful to their sharing of knowledge and opportunities to aid in my growth personally and professionally. Thank you to: Doug King (City of Seattle), Drake Walters (BIFD), Lonny Louck (Day, Motorola, King County), John Jenkins (Day, Island County), John Laphem, (Day), Joe Sabo (Day, Boeing), Kevin Paddock (Day, Thurston County), Scott Ojala (Action), Tom Klein (N7BI), Jack Clam (BARC), Horis (KCARC), Andy Rushak (KK7TR), Michael Ricky (AF6FB). The list could go on and on. The truth is, I enjoy and respect learning from everyone. Everyone offers a unique perspective, which I can gain knowledge from.
Brien Morris (K7KSN)
Hello and welcome to PugetSoundDMR.org. I hope you find this website useful and informative while you navigate the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) mode of amateur radio. Here’s a little about myself. I have called the Pacific Northwest my home all my life and currently live just a few miles down the road from Puget Sound in SW Washington with my wife, daughter, three cats and a bird. Radio communications has been a passion of mine since my early childhood when my father had two-way radios for his company service fleet. I have fond memories as a youngster following around the radio technician while he repaired or installed two-way radios at my father’s company.
In the early 1990’s after playing with CB radios and GMRS, I plunged into the world of amateur radio as a Technician Class Operator with my original call, N7UMJ. In 1999 I applied for my current call sign K7KSN as a tribute my employment at the time. Over the years I have enjoyed all modes of operation, but I am really enjoying DMR. I like to think of myself as a modern amateur radio operator because I love ALL modes, but especially the newer technologies like DMR and modes involving ROIP (radio over IP).
My professional career has seen many forks in the road. I spent many years in the public safety arena, both paid and as a volunteer. For the better part of my life I was an air personality on commercial radio in the Portland metro area, thus the reference earlier to my vanity call sign. Bonus points if you can tie my vanity call with my previous employment. People always told me, I had a face for radio. For the last 5-1/2 years I have been working as a radio technician for a Pacific Northwest based two-way radio company, so I get to play with DMR and Kenwood’s NXDN digital radio platform on a daily basis.
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