In 1988 Ray became a ham radio operator (KB2FHL) novice! A short time later his girlfriend and now his wife Lori (KB2HZI) joined him. Ham Radio has been a part of his life for 30+/yrs. Ray is currently 55 and retired with a union pension but still working for himself with his communication businesses.
Ray has been married to his wife Lori since 1991, they have 3 children. All three attended college or finished, Ray Jr. 28. Bobby (KC2UPN) 26 and the youngest Kelly 24. Yes!I it is a busy home!. Ray’s wife (Lori) is a nurse in Westchester Co NY and an awesome spouse, she even climbs towers and builds antennas!!. Ray retired/resigned (2013) after being employed by Pepsi for 28+ years, He was the Chief Shop Steward (teamsters local 445, 812) of a 100+ man shop for over 20/yrs, acting as steward (lawyer) it was a very valuable teaching moment in his life even though it was a thankless job in his own words, it taught him the values he has today dealing with people and business.
In 1996, Ray received the call W2RE (Vanity). He built a winning station in Blueberry, NY, which is his main residence today. He has 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, He bought and built his dream vacation/contest home in the northern catskill mountains (NNY), about 2/hrs north (100 miles) of his
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, Ray is still at awe every time he visits the location which these days are not very often with his busy schedule. After spending, (his 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, Ray is the CEO of Hudson Valley Towers Inc and COO of http://RemoteHamRadio.com Ray is 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 Ray is truly blessed to be in business with them. To the contrary, RHR does 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 60+ radio towers and over 300 antennas. They 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 Eastport, Maine (USA). After the completion of the station build which is long term, the RHR team feels confident and maybe a little cocky that this will be the contest station that all others measure station performance in the USA. Please visit the Eastport page for more details: http://www.w2re.com/eastport-2/
In the Summer of 2017 Ray started Radio Echo Communications https://www.radioechocomm.com/ with his son Bobby KC2UPN. Please visit the RadioEcho page for more details. They are open for business!
In 2019 Ray purchased 22.5 in Jonesport, ME. Ray built a world class station at this location. Please check the Jonesport page for information. http://w2re.com/jonesport
In late 2019 Ray purchased an additional 31/ac in Summit. This is the high point on the ridge at 2150′ asl behind the house. Learn more about Summit: http://w2re.com/summit
Thanks for reading Ray’s Bio!
Family Picture December 2017
Lori KB2HZI and Ray W2RE, Its ham thing!