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About Me

Greetings! I'm Gary Brown and this is my humble personal web page -- started as a site for anyone (especailly prospective employers) wanting to learn a little more about me -- it's mainly a compilation of things that interest me: family, friends, aviation, science, computers and electronics.

I reside in the western suburb of West Chicago, Illinois -- exactly 33 miles due West of downtown Chicago -- where I live with my precious family and also work as a Business Intelligence Manager. Originally born and raised in sunny South Florida, I moved to "Chicagoland" to agressively pursue a career in Information Technology in Chicagoland. And it has been a fun ride ever since!

With life being so fleeting it's my goal to perfect myself, my work, my family and, in the process, do something beneficial for the World. Hence my thirst for knowledge, logic and success with family, hobby and work. This page attempts to highlight those pursuits.





Gary Brown (KC4VNU)
1879 N. Neltnor Blvd.
West Chicago, Illinois 60185
gary@thebrownhouse.org
http://www.thebrownhouse.org
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Memberships
Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor
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Aviation Merit Badge Computers Merit Badge Radio Merit Badge

I'm an official Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor with the Three Fires Council and can provide Boy Scout troops with complete training, orientation, and hands-on experience with the following Merit Badges:

Being a FAA Licensed Pilot and SAR\DR Mission Pilot for the Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force Auxiliary), FCC Licensed Extra-Class Ham Radio Operator and avid electronics enthusiast, I'm very qualified to provide an extensive experience for these Merit Badges. I've already hosted several Aviation Merit Badge events that not only included the required classroom training but also provided a real flight experience for each scout (with just minimal contribution from parents to help offset fuel cost). Similarly, I've hosted a Radio Merit Badge class that included electronics\radio theory instruction and a hands-on radio experience where each Scout got to speak live, on-the-air, with other Scouts and Ham Radio Operators around the world. Similarly, I'm available to assist any unit with assistance if they'd like to operate the Boy Scounts "Jamboree on the Air" (JOTA) event. I've not yet hosted a Computers Merit Badge class... but look forward to hosting one of those soon too. In addition to the required training, I was thinking that building of a small micro-computer for each scout would be a GREAT experience.

I can provide the Aviation, Radio and Computers Merit Badge Counseling for any units following districts:

  • Kishwaukee District 1
  • Shabbona District 2
  • Northern Trail District 3
  • Maramech Hill District 4
  • Fox Valley District 5
  • Chanonee District 6
  • Potawatomi Trails District 7
  • Foxfire District 8
  • Indian Prairie District 9
  • Thunderbird District 10
  • Learning For Life District 11
  • Chippewa District 12

If you're interested in me hosting a BSA Merit Badge event for your troop, please contact me at gary@thebrownhouse.org and let's begin the discussion of planning the event for your troop.

Books I've Recently Read & Recommend
Rocket Boys
by Homer Hickam, Jr.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
by Robert Kurson
How To Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Astronomers are Probing Deep Space
by Timothy Ferris
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
by Brian Greene
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan
Periodicals
Scientific American Popular Science
Nuts & Volts Ultra Flight
Favorite Videos
Contact Dances with Wolves
Saving Private Ryan Top Gun
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Contact Me




Gary Brown (KC4VNU)
1879 N. Neltnor Blvd.
West Chicago, Illinois 60185
gary@thebrownhouse.org
http://www.thebrownhouse.org
Don't have Skype? Download Skype Here.
Gary Brown's Public PGP KeyIf you'd like to send me a secure, encrypted file via email, please download and encrypt using this Public PGP Key.