Updated March 8th 2009
I attended Highlands University from 1982-1985. I studied digital electronics, lasers, optics, math and computer science, such as it was back then. Never really concerned about getting the A.S. degree my classmates were after, I soon began only taking courses I found interesting. Beginning in 1985, I worked as a technician at Computerland de Santa Fe. I gathered valuable service knowledge in the blossoming personal computer industry.
After two years of working for someone else, I opened my first business, Outland Tech, here in Las Vegas, New Mexico. I may have been a little ahead of my time for the City of Las Vegas, as there was not enough computer business to keep me occupied. I needed to find an alternative service to pay the bills. I attended video recorder service training at the Phillips Factory facility in Compton Ca. and became the first and only VCR repair business in town. I operated Outland Tech for ten years. During this time, I learned the basics of circuit board trouble shooting and repair. I had a lot of fun, but I wasn't good enough at it and our little town couldn't give me enough business to make a decent living.
A divorce, put an end to Outland Tech and I lost the home I had spent twenty years building and fell into a two year depression.
I opened my new business after a short break of five years from the service industry. I started LVDSL in 2002, and have spent considerable time researching the telecommunications industry. Again, I had a business which was ahead of the market. The sDSL business was very high tech for the little town of Las Vegas, but we made a good go at it with up to 20 clients on one DSLAM. After a year of doing the market survey for broadband in small town, Qwest decided to knock us off. We took them to NMPRC and my wife and I gave the big boys a run for their money in a David and Goliath story which made us feel pretty good about ourselves. Nell and I were married shortly after the hearing.
I was back.
We aren't allowed to say how it worked out with our fight with Qwest.
Nell and I opened a new business in Las Vegas shortly afterward.
This time we focused on computer and network service in a very cool building in downtown Las Vegas. We did pretty well with this new business all things considering. We ran the Outfit on Douglas Ave. for around a year and a half. Overhead was really keeping us down, so during a very slow Summer we closed the doors to the service shop forever.
Currently, I'm subcontracting to a local WISP doing all their wireless Internet installations. www.desertgate.com This is the most fun I've ever had working. It also affords me most of the week free to pursue my new passion, sustainable energy. http://outfitnm.com/alt-energy
You'll find more information about my remote solar powered WiFi relay tower here on these pages. http://outfitnm.com/wireless-internet
I am so thrilled about renewable energy and sustainable living that I have stripped all the computer related content from these web pages.
Currently, I am processing 800 gallons of biodiesel per season, picking up an old trade of mine as a mechanic, switching all of our vehicles over to diesel power. http://outfitnm.com/alt-energy/diesel-engine-powered-small-vehicles
We have two Isuzu Troopers, one Peugeot 505s turbo diesel, and just this week I bought two VW Rabbit diesels. Left on the vehicle wish list is a flatbed diesel truck for use on the ranch near Sapello.
I have a lot of information about Forest Management on my web site as we have been working our 150 acre forest for thirty five years at Las Tusas Ranch.
The Latest project which we got a lot of community support for is the new workshop where we can work on the wind turbines and diese cars see: http://outfitnm.com/renewable-energy-workshop-2009
Please check out the new forum dedicated Brian's Morning Newsletter. http://outfitnm.com/bbpress If you want to comment please register. I've been doing my morning newsletter since 1999 as therapy to help ween me from depression. Please read away and take a peek at the world of Brian Rodgers
An update: March 19th 2010
Brian is climbing, climbing, climbing, scrambling right up this 45 foot tower for Desertgate.
This morning I'm proud to post pictures of my day in the mountains working with Eric from Desertgate. We started off working on a tower nearby in Las Dispensas. This is the tower our tower connects to and is a critical link in the route back to town for us. When we arrived, Eric asked if I wanted to climb this the smaller of the two towers we were to work on? "Absolutely, I said!" I hadn't thought about it, not really, which was a good thing, because thinking about something like this would make me anxious. I was totally relaxed.
See more of Desertgate towers BMN http://outfitnm.com/2010/01/28/bmn-desertgate-towers
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Adam Caldwell set up this new site with Word Press web management software.