In 1988 I became a ham radio operator (KB2FHL) novice! A short time later my girlfriend and now my wife Lori (KB2HZI) joined me. Ham Radio has been a part of my life for 30/yrs. I am currently 52 and semi-retired.
I have been married to my wife Lori since 1991, we have 3 children. All three attended college or finished, Ray Jr. 26. Bobby (KC2UPN) 24 and the youngest Kelly 22. Yes!I it is a busy home!. My wife is a nurse in Westchester Co NY and the best spouse I could ever want, she even climbs towers and builds antennas!! I am truly blessed. I recently retired/resigned (2013) after being employed by Pepsi for 28+ years, I was the Chief Shop Steward (teamsters local 445, 812) of a 100+ man shop for over 20/yrs, acting as steward (lawyer) was a very valuable teaching moment in my life even though it was a thankless job, it taught me the values I have today dealing with people and business.
In 1996, I received the call W2RE (Vanity). I built a winning station in Blueberry, NY, which is my main residence today. I won many DX SSB contests USA entering SOA from this station while it was active between 1996-2008. Now its dedicated primarily for Remoting. At this location is two towers on a 1300′ ridge in the Hudson Valley.
In 2010, I bought and built my dream vacation/contest home in the northern catskill mountains (NNY), about 2/hrs north (100 miles) of my primary residence. Perfect qth on a hill top @ 2100ft ASL with 20+ acres with a 360 degree drop off in all directions! Sitting at 2100ft ASL with total privacy and a very low noise floor makes this station a pleasure to operate DX and participate in contesting. Today, Im still at awe every time I visit the location which these days are not very often with my busy schedule. After spending, (my life savings), and winning a few radio contests between 2010-2014, this station and investment is now on a remote service called RemoteHamRadio.com.
Currently, I am the CEO of Hudson Valley Towers Inc and COO of RemoteHamRadio.com. I am co-partners with Lee Imber WW2DX in both these ventures, Rockwell Shrock WW1X is the CTO and a partner in RemoteHamRadio venture. Both Lee and Rock are very talented individuals and Im truly blessed to be in business with them. To the contrary, We do not have investors, all the infrastructure of RHR was funded by blood, sweat and tears from the HVT business between 2008-2013 and reinvestment from RHR between 2012 – current. The RHR team goal is a commitment to reinvest in the RHR business by securing the best possible land to build and maintain sites throughout the USA, which as of today consist of 50+ radio towers and over 300 antennas. We will continue the success of HVT and RHR by expanding throughout innovation. Stay tuned! 🙂
In 2015, the RHR team purchased a 60+ acre farm house on the Atlantic Ocean in the most northeast corner in the Maine (USA). We currently have the first 100′ tower in the air, but this is only the start. After the completion of the station build which is long term, we feel confident and maybe a little cocky that this will be the contest station that all others measure station performance in the USA. In the Summer of 2017 Ray started Radio Echo Communications with his son Bobby KC2UPN.
Thanks for reading my Bio! Hope to hear you in the Pileups!
Ray Higgins W2RE