James Wades WB8SIW serves as International President of the Morse Telegraph Club, an association of retired railroad and commercial telegraphers, historians, radio operators, and others with an interest in the history and traditions of the telegraph industry and American Morse Code. Mr Wades is currently employed as an Electrical Engineer specializing in the field of railroad signal and train control systems. In the past, he has been employed in the field of railroad communications and signals for CSX (the Chessie System). He has supervised signal and communications projects on numerous Class One railroads including Canadian National, BNSF, Union Pacific, and various regional and short line railroads. He has also played a key roll in the design and implementation of signal and train control systems for several recent light rail projects including the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit system in Minnesota and the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada light rail system. Mr. Wades was also employed in the field of radio and TV broadcasting for many years, primarily in the Detroit Market. He was responsible for broadcasts of Detroit Tigers Baseball, U of M football, basketball, and hockey, as well as routine technical operations at various Detroit broadcast stations. He designed and supervised the construction of a number of broadcast studio and transmitter facilities throughout the Great Lakes region. Mr. Wades also has a background in Emergency Management and has worked with the Michigan State Police and other local, State and Federal Agencies to develop homeland security, port security and emergency response plans. Mr. Wades held a Professional Emergency Manager Certification from the Michigan State Police from 1993 until 2008 when he left Michigan for employment in Southern Illinois. When not working, Mr. Wades enjoys fly fishing many of Michigan's outstanding blue ribbon trout streams. Of course, he also enjoys QRP CW and other Amateur Radio activities including NTS CW Nets.
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