Since the early 80's, I have been involved in mechanical, electrical and technical fields which ultimately led to a career in broadcasting. All the way back to 1974 in fact, when I got my first novice amateur radio license and built an electric go cart using a 1948
ford starter motor and old lead acid batteries I scrounged from back road dumps. Charged by a mercury vapor trickle charger for about 2 days, 5 minutes of tire spinning fun could be realized. My dad had a solar hot water heater put on home we lived in. At that time, the oil embargo was in full effect and an eye opener at age 15 mowing lawns for gas money. Gas jumped from 25 to 60 cents a gallon which was a hit when you made 1-2 dollars an hour.
Into the world:
Working for Job Corps center in Gainesville just out of highschool, a guy named Troy was my mentor in the industrial arts of large HVAC systems. He was the plant chief engineer and later took a job in Miami. Just out of highschool at at age 19, I was overseeing the care of two Trane 150 ton centrifugal and 10 ton reciprocal compressors as well as Cyclotherm boilers. During this same time, I pursued a degree in automotive technology and later received an Associate of Science from Santa Fe Community College.
I worked for a short time at a body shop. One of my many jobs was to locate and fix water leaks on new cars. Sometimes, the factory didn’t apply any sealer to the engine compartment firewall. Unchecked, this would allow water to enter inside and get underneath of the carpets which would in turn sour - - much to the disgust of the owner. Worse yet, numerous cars with tee tops leaked water into the laps of their very discouraged owners, while across the parking lot, a mountain of poorly designed diesel engines for cars piled up behind the service department.
More than glad to move on, I pursued a radio career which at that time a detail oriented mechanical background was a plus.
Time for a career change:
In the early 80's, while attending college for my automotive degree, I was curious about a local broadcast transmitter site I visited when I was 14. This is where an engineer named Jerry had helped me pass my novice amateur radio license patiently sending morse code over the phone for practice. On this visit, a guy named Hutch came to the door. His boss Chuck helped me start my first job in broadcasting as a transmitter technician at a local radio station 850 WRUF-AM and 103.7 WRUF-FM soon to switch from classical music to Rock 104 on one of my shifts. That job was to take transmitter readings every thirty minutes on the directional array for WRUF-AM. A good friend, Kyle working there on his journalism degree, studied with me in the pursuit of a general radio telephone license. We rode in his lime green chevy Camaro to the FCC office in Tampa Florida where both of us passed the exam!
Ongoing work in the radio field and learning as a ham operator enabled me to upgrade to an amatuer radio extra class license a few years later. Working for many different broadcast stations, both full and part-time, I joined the SBE and became certified in different aspects of radio. I started my small company McGuire Broadcast Inc. which is in operation today.
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