W2BOS - Andrew D. Schmidt Andrew D. Schmidt - W2BOS
Poughkeepsie, NY
QCWA # 35012

W2BOS is a former American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Hudson Division Assistant Director (1993-2004) and is currently an Assistant Section Manager of the ARRL's Eastern NY Section. On the current local ham radio front, he is the Corresponding Secretary (2009-2010) of as well as the Editor (June 1988-February 1996, and September 2003-current) of the Mt. Beacon Amateur Radio Club's (MBARC) newsletter and is Tuesday night Net Control Station of the Hudson Valley Net (HVN), the ARRL's National Traffic System's local net for the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Starting in 1992, Andrew organized MBARC as the official Dutchess County, NY, amateur radio club participating in the New York State Police "Pumpkin Patrol" program, guarding US Interstate Highway bridges in Dutchess County over the Halloween eve and evening.

W2BOS holds DXCC, WAS, and WAC awards, and ARRL Official Relay Station (ORS) and Official Bulletin Station (OBS) field appointments, as well as being an ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE) with over 50 exam sessions credited. As such, he is the MBARC club liaison for ham radio testing sessions since 2009.

First licensed on 11 January 1985 as KA2WMA, W2BOS held the call N2FTR for almost 25 years. W2BOS was admitted in 2010 as a QCWA member (#35012, original amateur license awarded at least 25 years ago).

W2BOS has held a variety of organizational positions in the now-defunct Poughkeepsie Amateur Radio Club (PARC). He has served 3 terms as President, 3 terms as PARC Vice President, and 2 terms as Treasurer. In the past, W2BOS was also the Net Director for HVN and Acting NTS 2nd Region Packet Traffic Manager as well.

Originally becoming interested in radio as a tot, he helped out at historic station WBOS in Boston (transmitter located down the street from his childhood home in Newton, MA), and was also an avid SWL from the age of 5 years old using a Short Wave radio owned by his uncle, a former Army CW operator in WW II (which W2BOS still owns his 'bug' used in the war in the South Pacific). His first receiver was a crystal radio set built by his father to occupy him during recovery for tonsillitis.

He held a amateur radio license (C6/N2FTR) from the government of the Bahamas and was a station appointment (NNN0FXR) in Navy-Marine Corps Military Affiliated Radio Service (MARS). Employed by IBM as an Advisory Software Engineer in the IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG), W2BOS lives in Poughkeepsie with his wife and two daughters, none of whom have any interest in amateur radio (sigh!).

January 25, 2010