What The Hell Am I Blogging About?

I am an entrepreneur (cofounder of 6 companies including Enigma Records, Restless Records, Enigma Digital, Bigger Picture Group and InnovAntennas), former music business executive (president of Rykodisc, SVP/GM of EMI Music’s Astralwerks and Caroline divisions, SVP/GM at Live Nation Artists, plus the aforementioned record labels I cofounded), amateur radio operator (currently callsign AA7XT, former callsigns include NT1Y, AA6TT and KC6EDP), family man (happily married to Christine since 1992, we have a rambunctious 8-year old daughter – are there any other kind? – and assorted pets), triathlete (3-time Ironman finisher) and cycling fanatic, early stage investor in tech companies, and owner of an Earthship house in Glade Park, Colorado.

This Blog will focus on amateur radio, Glade Park, Colorado and Earthship topics.  Amateur radio has been a passion since I started SWL-ing (Short Wave Listening) in 1969 on a Zenith Trans-Oceanic transistor radio and hamming in 1970 when I passed the novice license exam, and Earthships, well, because we live in one and sustainable living is an interesting topic.  I will be writing about Glade Park, Colorado – where we moved in 2011 – because it is a fascinating place in so many different ways.

Radio recently became more than a hobby to me when I became a partner in InnovAntennas with company founder Justin Johnson (whose amateur callsign is G0KSC).  InnovAntennas is based in Canvey Island, England and I run the North American office here in Grand Junction, CO.  InnovAntennas designs and manufactures extraordinary high-performance antennas for amateur, military and commercial use from HF up through UHF frequencies.

My perspective on sustainable living will take a different line from much of what I read about sustainable living which tends to have a political undercurrent if not an avowed political stance.  I’m not that political a person to begin with – haven’t occupied much of anything lately except my Aeron chair, the driver’s seat of my diesel GMC Sierra 2500 truck, and my Bianchi road bike seat and I’m in favor of things that work whether from the right or left – and my interest in Earthships stems from (a) general admiration of well-engineered things and (b) affinity for not sending more money to utility companies than I absolutely have to.  If I save the earth a little by living the way I do, well, hey, why not?


Bill Hein, AA7XT, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Colorado, USA. He is co-owner of Force 12 and InnovAntennas. Contact him at [email protected].

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