Thanks for sharing this Chris - Good voice (Trumpet and Voice!) and a good player as well. So along with Tom M1EYP here we have another professional musician who is a radio amateur.
Raul Midon - I confess to have never heard of him until today. Listening to this song I would be very happy to attend one of his live performances if he was playing within reach of the home QTH
New Mexico native Raul Midón is a Grammy Nominated professional singer songwriter guitarist. He has made 10 albums of music and has travelled the world several times over. He has been an amateur radio enthusiast since Mrs. Redmond introduced he and his brother to the hobby back when they both attended the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped. Midón now resides in Maryland. He continues to pursue his music career tourig the world and spends as much time as possible using his Kenwood TS2000 together with his Multi-band 4 element 6 band yagi and Ameritron ALS1306 amplifier. He also has included CW in a song which was released on his debut album “State of Mind” on June 7, 2005. Being a well travelled musician has allowed him to buddy up with ARP - Amateur Radio Paris, an organization that embodies all the best of Amateur Radio and eats well too! He shares his new house with his wife Kathleen and their very furry family, Mocha (a havanese dog), Fuzzy their first pet and Noodles their Maryland native cat. No furry creatures are allowed in the basement so they are not actively pursuing any ham radio hobby! Kathleen was vying for a pool (and still is). Having temporarily ost the battle for the pool the tower now stands directly outside of her bay window… A trip to Paris softened the blow. One wise French ham said - allowing your ham husband to have whatever he wants pretty much ensures a lifetime of happiness for you the spouse. Thanks to local ham N8PK the antennas for the tower were generously assembled! We then hired W3MC who is a professional tower guy to install the 18 element Vertical UHF beam, 20 Element Cross Polarized 2 Meter Beam and the 4 Element 6 Band Yagi.
In March 2016 I received my Japanese Call Sign JI1SEW! Thanks to JE1LET and JH1AJT for helping me obtain the license!
In 2017 I implemented Remote Rig giving me full control of my rotator, amplifier, and transceiver. I use a Kenwood TS 480 as it is easy to carry around the front panel. As a working musician I travel much of the year and this keeps me on the radio wherever I am. When the audio leaks through to my home tv speakers it gives my wife a feeling of comfort - knowing I’m out there.
In 2017 I received my first Grammy Nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album and thus my travels around the globe are guaranteed going forward!