About Me

About Me

Hiya! I’m a software and web developer by profession and enjoy computers, radio and other technology as my hobbies. I live in Cullman, Alabama currently, but have also called Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Cincinnati, Ohio home.

My current development projects include applications for computer-aided scanning, a solution for radio communications net control stations and various feature add-ons for the Internet Radio Linking Project. For these projects I am using Objective-C, Swift, PHP and MySQL programming languages and bash shell scripting language. I first began learning programming with on a toy computer I received for Christmas while in the third grade. Since then, I’ve additionally become proficient in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, C++, Objective-C, AppleScript, PHP, MySQL, ActionScript, Qt, Python, Swift and others.

Michael Tucker, N4LX
Michael Tucker, N4LX on May 13, 2017

I was originally licensed as an amateur radio operator in June 1997 at the age of 14 and earned Amateur Extra class the following April. Through my involvement in amateur radio I have earned certification in storm spotting and terrorist incident response. I’ve also had the opportunity to make a lot of great friends and acquaintances around the world. My ham radio interests include digital data and voice modes (Hellschreiber, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65 data modes and DMR digital voice), VOIP linking networks (EchoLink, IRLP and AllStar), HF, VHF/UHF, DXing, FM and repeaters and others. I am a member of the Cullman Amateur Radio Club and North Alabama Repeater Association and am “keeper of the net” for the University [of Alabama] Amateur Radio Club.

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in some aspect of radio or another. AM and TV DXing and shortwave listening were a couple of my earliest interests. I studied Telecommunications & Film at the University of Alabama and was Operations Director of campus radio station WVUA-FM. Other than my ham radio activities, my primary interest currently is scanning and trying to figure out how the various trunked radio systems and digital modes work under the hood.

These days you can usually find me N4TUN 145.310 (100.0 PL) repeater and N4LX EchoIRLP 147.480 (156.7 PL) simplex node in Cullman. You may also use the Contact page to get in touch with me.