Greetings!  I’m a 27-year-old radio enginee and amateur radio operator in Fargo, ND. I hold SBE Certified Broadcast Techologist (CBT) and Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) certifications, as well as an Extra class Amateur Radio license (as KDØTGA).

I currently work for Radio FM Media in Fargo where I’m the Assistant Engineer for their 6 radio stations (4 FM’s and 2 AM’s). Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment!

Radio Engineering

Growing up, my Grandpa was a radio engineer for a group of stations in Minot, ND for many years. So when I would visit in the summer, he would take me around with him on some of his weekend stops. I saw my first radio studio when I was 6. I saw my first transmitter site when I was 9.

Fast forward about 10 years to my first year of college at NDSU. In February 2009, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to co-host a radio show on the school’s college radio station, KNDS. I was reluctant at first, but it would turn out to be the best thing I ever did.

After doing that radio show for a few months, I was asked to be the summer intern for KPFX-FM, 107.9 The FOX. That 3 month summer internship turned into a 9 month internship. And once they found I had web design and IT skills, that internship turned into a part time job.

To keep this short and sweet… I would later add to website and engineering duties to my plate at KNDS. In my time there, I rebuilt both the production room and the on-air studio (more on that studio here), as well as clean up their streaming system.

This would later translate to engineering duties at Go Radio (now Radio FM Media), and later the full time job that I have there now. I primarily work on the IT/computer end of our facilities, ensuring all studio computers and servers are working as best they can, as well as checking up on transmitter sites as needed. I also act as the general IT person for all staff in the building.

In 2014, Radio FM Media began sending me out to their additional radio markets in Washington state to help oversee their engineering department. Ingstad Radio Washginton has 12 stations total in Tri-Cities and Yakima, WA.

In October 2014 I received my first SBE Certification, becoming a Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT), and in June 2015 received my CBNT (Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist certification.

Amateur Radio

After adding taking on the engineering duties at Radio FM Media, I realized I should really learn more about transmitters and RF, in the event that the Chief Engineer wasn’t around and I have to go fix something (and believe me, it’s happened!). And I felt Ham Radio would be the best way to do it.

I first became licensed as a technician in October 2012. At first I thought this is all the farther I would go. I didn’t think I would get into the hobby all that much. Boy was I wrong!

Just two months after taking my Technician test, I took and passed my General test in November 2012, and I just upgraded to my Extra license in March 2013. I’m active on the local repeater, and I’ll jump on 10m, 15m, and 20m (and sometimes others) on the weekend when I have time.


So there you go. That’s probably a lot more than you wanted to know about me, but at least I didn’t rant about how great Mountain Dew is (I could though).

Thanks for reading!

– Jake