I grew up near Houston, TX and joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1986. I went to a technical school and learned about radar, industrial computers, and synchro/servo subsystems. Later, I started doing some of my own maintenance (cars and bicycles) and learned the basics about automotive systems. I became involved with Amateur Radio and computers in 1995. I built and managed StealthTDI.com for nearly 20 years, but closed the site when I sold my last TDI in 2018. I also own KE4WMF.com (ham radio) and CaptainOverpacker.com (bicycles).
I retired from the Coast Guard in 2016 and settled in Newport News, VA, where I had lived for nearly 13 years. I still work in the electronics systems logistics field for the Coast Guard. The explosion of technology has made my job and several of my hobbies quite interesting.
Other hobbies include Volkswagens, bicycling, web management, and reptiles. My first Volkswagen was a 1974 Beetle in 1985. I sold it when I joined the Coast Guard. I acquired a 1992 Golf GL in 1996, later trading it for my new 1998 Jetta TDI. The TDI is the car that ignited my passion for Volkswagens and united me with the VW community. I kept that car for 20 years. I’ve also owned a 2003 Passat GLS (wife’s car), a pair of 2014 Jetta TDIs (“his and hers”), a 2018 Jetta SE (wife’s car), a 2017 Jetta S (kid’s car), and a 2015 Golf S (kid’s car). Read more about my other VWs on this page.
I was an enthusiastic VW diesel driver for over 20 years. I enjoyed my mildly-modified TDIs; however, they failed to give me the performance I sought, even after resorting to illegal exhaust modifications that also increased smoke output. I decided to buy a GTI in 2016. Volkswagen’s payout in the wake of Dieselgate made the decision easy! It didn’t take long for me to wonder, “Why did I wait so long to buy a GTI?!”
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