Simon Brown, born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England on October 2nd, 1957: "Ten little fingers, Ten tiny toes, The sweetest of smiles And a cute little nose". From the age of eleven fascinated by electronics and especially radios. First transmission experiments were sadly unsuccessful - connecting a microphone in series with the mains power cable of an old radiogram. Despite this and similar setbacks the UK Radio Emateur Examination was passed in the winter of 1973. First callsign GD8IQM (February 26th, 1974), then after passing the CW exam at 12 wpm GD4ELI (September 18th, 1975). Swiss licence HB9DRV issued on June 12th, 2001.
1976 to 1979 studied for a degree in electronic engineering and mathematics at Bangor University, North Wales, passed with 1st class honours. Never worked as an electronics engineer, instead computer software was much easier and better paid in the early 1980's. Left UK for Germany in 1986, then Belgium in 1988 followed by Switzerland in 1989. Retired to Mawnan Smith, Cornwall with Laika the cocker spaniel.
In 2001 started the program FT-817 Commander followed by Ham Radio Deluxe in mid-2003 with Peter Halpin PH1PH (sadly now SK). As of January 1st, 2010 concentrating 100% on radio-related software; founder of SDR-Radio.com specialising in software defined radio. Very honoured to have been awarded the Dayton Hamvention 2010 award for technical excellence, following in the footsteps of Tom McDermott, N5EG (2008) and Copthorne "Cop" Macdonald, VY2CM (2009).