Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
112 Main Street
Westford, MA 01886
Andy was introduced to the idea of Amateur Radio while teaching a Linux class for Chelmsford Community Education. Two of his students were licensed amateur radio operators who convinced him that his Linux skills would be useful in the amateur radio community. Andy passed his Technician License exam in January 2007, and now hold an Amateur Extra license.
Shortly thereafter, he became a member of the Police Amateur Radio Team (PART) of Westford, and was elected to the office of President in September 2009. Twelve years of previous experience founding and running two Linux Users’ Groups prepared him well for this role in PART.
Andy’s elmers showed by example that one should share one’s time, knowledge, and tools with others. He decided to share his interests in Linux and amateur radio by creating “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux” in 2011. This is a complete Linux operating system remastered from Ubuntu, and tailored for the needs of the amateur radio operator. This software collection can be downloaded from Sourceforge. Updated approximately every 6 months, this software collection has been downloaded thousands of times. Andy has given many talks about Linux and amateur radio to local clubs and at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford, CT in 2014.
Andy is currently a member of SKCC and earned the Senator award (#6265S). Besides CW, he enjoys QRP, outdoor operating, building kits and wire antennas, and writing amateur radio software. Andy’s shack is entirely battery powered and frequently recharged via solar panels. Andy looks forward to operating as K3Y/1 during the SKCC K3Y event in January, and as K2H in the 13 Colonies Special Event during the Independence Day holiday, as he has done for the last several years. Andy serves as the QSL manager for K2H and PART. He thoroughly enjoys Field Day, most recently elmering others at the GOTA station.
Andy joined the Boxboro Convention Committee in 2015 as the person who coordinates a large number of volunteers with their assignments.
Professionally, Andy is a digital logic verification engineer, which means he lives in simulated reality. Using computer simulation, Andy tests simulated logic circuits to verify that they function according to the specification. All of this is done prior to any circuit fabrication. Andy has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Andy looks forward to a set of new challenges as he offers his skills to the Section, having been appointed to this role in 2016.