Gene Gajewski

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Hi. I’m Gene Gajewski. I’m an OG computer geek from way back. Really, my first computer was a Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80 I bought while in high school and my second was a custom-built Z-80 computer system (wire-wrapped of course) for a college laboratory. Shortly after these computers the IBM Personal Computer was introduced and here we are now in today’s world of high technology. I am a self-taught programmer and software engineer. My degree is an Associate’s Degree in  Electronics Technology (Technician) at Vincennes University. 

My career was in electronics and software engineering, specializing in real-time embedded computer systems and firmware development. My experience is in the areas of Software Designed Radio, RFID, and in the general areas of Transportation, Aeronautical, and Banking. I was lucky to be employed as a software engineer specializing in firmware development at the time as there were not many early career baccalaureates Electronic Engineers versed in software development in those days and a Programmer/Electronic Technician is for all intents the same in function. The necessary skills are the same; a grasp of digital electronics and the ability to program in assembler and a low-level systems programming language such as C or C++.

I am a licensed Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator, callsign WG5ENE and a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League. I’m also a member of Albuquerque New Mexico clubs Amateur Radio Caravan Club, Bosque Amateur Radio Club and The Upper Rio FM Society.

I live in Edgewood, a rural town in the county of Santa Fe in the State of New Mexico approximately 18 miles east of Albuquerque. Edgewood is in an area considered the East Mountain Region where the altitude is 6700 feet. People here ride horses, drive old pickup trucks, raise chickens, goats, alpacas, you name it. This serves me fine: there are no covenants or restrictions on erecting large ham radio antennas out here as there might be otherwise in an urban setting.

I’m also a licensed GMRS operator with callsign WRJP634 and can be found lurking about on the Southwest Community Radio System.

Many of my hobbies and interests are computer related, but I also dabble in photography, video, music, graphic design, web development, and motorcycling.

I very much love to cruise on my motorcycles; a Yamaha RoadStar 1600, a Honda CTX 1300, and a Can Am Spyder RT Limited. The weather here allows for riding almost 10-11 months of the year as snowfall is light and never lasts more than a few days. The roads here are perfect for exploring; the scenery ranges from beautiful desert passages to twisty mountain roads and everything in between. I have a matching trailer for the Spyder and use it for cross-country-touring. I’ve been riding since I bought my first pull-start minibike as a kid, purchased with paper-route money back in the 1970’s.

Lately, I’ve been doing some work in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I hope to grow it into a sideline. Contact me if you have a project in mind – I might be able to help.