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Lou Campagna has been in the scanner scene for over 40 years. His participation goes back to the days of RCMA and followed closely under the guidance of Les Matson when he produced the Northeast Scanning News. The ScannerDigest Newsletter is produced in similar fashion. Lou has been involved in radio communications and has been an avid FM-TV DXer. He holds an Amateur Technician license (N3TMA) and owns and operates several GMRS repeaters in the greater Philadelphia area. His scanning interests are in public safety, aircraft and air med evacuation communications. He has been producing this newsletter since 1998.

Alan Cohen has been interested in Military Aviation throughout the years. As a ex-Air Force member Alan has always made a point to take in a local air-show. He enjoys kit building Elecraft® models. Alan holds an Amateur Technician license (KB3QLE) and can be heard on the local VHF/UHF repeaters in the Philadelphia, New York City and New Jersey areas. Alan enjoys retirement and always has an ear on the radio!

Dan Myers’ scanner radio and military aviation interests date to the late 1970’s.  Monitoring nearby NAS Willow Grove (KNXX), his first scanners were a Regency MX-5000 and Radio Shack PRO-2004. He now owns several models of every Radio Shack scanner capable of receiving military aviation frequencies.  Dan was an introductory subscriber to Monitoring Times, Northeast Scanner News, The Scanner Club and Scanner Digest Newsletter.  He took over the duties of Military Editor for The Scanner Club in November 1997 and has continued in that capacity for the SDN.  Dan earned his Tech Class amateur radio license in May 2002 (KB3IBQ) and his Amateur Extra in May 2008. Now licensed as K3NXX, Dan enjoys DXing CW, collecting military radios and traveling to military air shows.

Steve Bower Jr from Lehigh Valley born and raised, working mostly in Poconos as Public Safety Officer. Expertise are Kenwood two way radios and most Radio Shack scanners. Monitoring the scanner ever since visits to my Grandmothers (RIP) in Allentown, Pa and they always had the crystal desk top 8 ch TMR Regency 8H. From monitoring to 33 MHz for fire alerting to now the trunk radio systems. The fascination of learning more has been with me ever since.

Robert Gulley, AK3Q is an extra-class amateur radio operator and scanner enthusiast. Robert’s first scanner was a Realistic Pro-16A back in the mid-70s, but fell behind the technology over the years until moving into the digital world five or six years ago. He is also an avid SWL, and loves every facet of the radio hobby.

Robert enjoys writing about the hobby and has had numerous articles published in such magazines as QST, Monitoring Times, Antennex, and Scanner Digest. He has also authored several books on antennas (Antennas: The Basics and Beyond Volumes 1 & 2), and one on various radio topics (The Radio Corner Volume 1).

Robert is a full-time caretaker for his wife who has advanced Multiple Sclerosis. He is grateful for his wife’s enthusiastic support of his various radio interests!

John Leonardelli started as an SWL when he was 9 years old thanks to the Radio Shack 100 in 1 Projects Kit. He then fell in love with CB with his 1 watt Channel 14 handheld and then joined the Metro ARC and became a licensed ham in 1974 as VE3IPS. John was also a member of the Ontario DX Association and has been very active in the hobby and enjoys building antennas and experimentation with the different modes and technologies. John started his scanning interests with the Patrolman Series and currently has several handheld and base scanners.

Frank Speicher K3FS has been involved with scanning since he first got a Bearcat 210. This was a 10 channel programmable radio, and was quite the radio back then. he states that he had many scanners throughout the years including crystal radios. Frank operated various models such as the Bearcat, Radio Shack, and Regency scanners. Today Ihe has a Uniden 396XT, Pro96, Pro-2096, and a few others. He commented that he was one of those who was caught up in the CB radio craze. Frank still has his President Madison base radio at the shack. He was first licensed as a no code tech, N3MJU. He upgraded to Tech plus code, General, and now Extra. Along the way the call sign as changed to K3FSS and finally K3FS. Frank got involved with Brentwood EMS while in high school and continued to do so after graduating from college. he was also active with Whitehall EMS. He is no longer active with EMS. He been a member of the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department since 1989. Frank has started an amateur radio club in the fire department, and you may hear him on the air as K3CSF. He have maintained a regional scanner site for years. The site is now http://www.pghscanner.com His main interests now are public safety communications, DX chasing, digital modes, pirate radio, and playing around with the RTL dongles.

Mark Meece, N8ICW first started listening to tunable multi-band radios around 9 years old. Always trying to hear more and further. In the late 1970s he started his seriouis foray into the radio monitoring hobby with a Pro-53 crystal scanner, quickly followed by his first programmable scanner a Radio Shack Pro-2002. From there it just snowballed and kept on going. First licensed as a Amateur Radio Operator in 1986, and recently upgraded to Extra Class. He took over the Southwestern Ohio column in American Scannergram in July 1988 and continues to edit that column today here in Scanner Digest. He has also writen for Popular Communications producing their "Monitoring The Military Column" from 2008-2012. Currently Mark is a staff editor for National Communications, where he as been since 1999. He resides in Southwestern Ohio and monitors everything from DC to Daylight and beyond!

Ken Williams is the column editor for the Montgomery County, Ohio column. Now in his sixties, he bought his first scanner in 1977. It was an 8 channel battery only powered table top unit. It did not last long then he bought a Robyn 8 channel base unit.

Ken works as a millwright (machine repairman) at a factory in Greenville, Ohio. He has been at the same employer for 39 years. He is also a retired part time firefighter. He was with the FD for 33 years and the local third service EMS for 12 years. He rose to the rank of Fire Chief when and finally retired 8 years ago.

Ken states that he has seen a lot of change in his years. When he first joined the FD and EMS they had just 1 and 2 channel radios and actually had to send a runner if the fire trucks, which were on 154.190 MHz, needed to communicate with the EMS ambulances as they
were on the Darke County  Sheriff 155.655 police channel. Now, they use repeaters on 151.265 MHz output with 8 tactical channels on radios  with 128 available channels.

Ken Williams has been writing this regional column since 1987 for the old All Ohio Scanner Club and now for Scanner Digest. He really enjoys writing the column and hope more people would contribute. Please contact me via e-mail or snail mail. Ken Williams, PO Box 24, Arcanum, OH 45304-0024                                       
Mike Dickerson - The interest in communications started young, growing up around family members who listened to scanners.  Around high school, he became a scanner owner and carried his Radio Shack 50 channel handheld everywhere so he could listen to the happenings.  Over the years he discovered new scanners and radios which he could use to search for CTCSS and DPL's, along with searching other bands he had not listened to.  The interests changed between public safety and business operations to amateur radio through the years.  Mike obtained his Amateur Radio Technician class license and later upgraded to General class.  Although the interest in scanning is not as strong, Amateur radio is still a big part of his interest.  Mike is involved with a group who is using the digital mode NXDN in the operation of 2 UHF and 1 VHF repeater in South Eastern Illinois.  One of those repeaters is linked into the nationwide NXDN system.

David Schoenberger remembers getting his first scanner, a Radio Shack Pro-39, in about 1993. (He was browsing through the Radio Shack catalog, and scanning looked like an interesting hobby.) Since then, he has been listening to everything from public safety to business in the Northern Virginia/DC area, and now in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. He especially enjoys monitoring special events and getting a “behind-the-scenes” perspective on what’s going on.

Loren Fields

Peter Szerlag

Keith Victor


Jim Lawrence

John Bolduc     




Michael P. Mollet, N2SRO

Randy True


Dave Marshall N8OAY

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