About "NECRAT"'s editor
NECRAT, is a website devoted to the photo-documentation, and technical plus historical information of broadcast transmission, for educational and historical purposes. The editor, Mike Fitzpatrick, has been involved with Television since high school, where he, Paul Kakley, and Curtis Challenger, developed a TV show for his high school, Mounment Mountain Regional High School, in Great Barrington, MA. The TV show, MMTV (Monument Mountain TV) has been on the "air" since then, and still is today, some 20 years later. Born and raised in Great Barrington by his parents, Mike and Elaine, he was also interested in radio at a very early age, playing with scanners and transistor radios as a kid. While attending Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mike got a job working for the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington as a movie projectionist, where he worked for two years. At the Mahawie, Mike was responsible for many tasks, from "setting up" the theater , to running the movies (and everything in between, including assembling new films and striking old ones). Mike attended Springfield Technical Community College in the mid 90's, where he studied electrical engineering and television production. While at STCC, Mike met up with engineer Fred Krampits, who showed him the ins and outs of being an engineer at a radio station, as Fred was the chief of the college's radio station, WTCC. In 1997, Mike was hired by WWLP (TV) in Springfield to become a Master Control operator, and in 1998 started doing engineering along with Master Control. Mike cut his teeth with television transmission, with the help of WWLP chief engineer Dave Cote. Dave took Mike "under his wing" and showed him the ropes on a lot of engineering tasks, in particular RF and transmitter maintenance. In 2003, Mike left the Master Control position to become a full time engineer with the station. While working as an engineer at WWLP, Mike also learned the radio trade from engineers such as Chris Tracy, Howard Frost, and Ken Jones. Mike assisted both Chris and Howard with transmitter maintenance during his time there. In 2004, Mike Fitzpatrick became the chapter chairman for the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 14, in Hartford, CT.Mike held the term for two years (the maximum term allowed at the time) and was voted in unanimously both years. In 2007, Mike got offered a job to do engineering in Providence, RI at CBS affiliate WPRI, and FOX affiliate WNAC, and left Springfield in July of that year. While at WPRI, Mike played a role in putting two new TV stations on the air in the local market (MyRI TV, and TheCool TV), as well as upgrading the stations to full High Definition. Although gone from the Springfield market, Mike has kept in touch with the engineers in the market, as he is still very close friends with those who mentored him for so long. In October 2012, Mike changed jobs again, this time going to the big city of Boston , to become the transmitter engineer for WFXT, the Fox "O&O" TV station in Boston. Mike would only be the 3rd transmitter engineer in the station's history.
In 2008, Mike built his first radio station, WMCB-LP 107.9 FM, from "the ground up", in Greenfield, MA. The radio station, which serves the community as a local low power station, has become quite popular in the town with its residents. In Late 2011, Mike built his second radio station WWQZ 89.5 FM (Hampden, MA). Mike also has contributed engineering assistance to other radio and TV stations, world-wide, through interactions on The Virtual Engineer. Along with WPRI in Providence, Mike also does contract work, doing consulting engineering for non commercial and low power non commercial radio stations in central and southern New England.
Mike is an avid photographer (naturally), and a "fire buff". Mike served as a volunteer fire fighter in Great Barrington for four years, with his father as fire chief, and his late cousins Darren and Mark. While on the Fire Department, he was also responsible for maintaining the town's now defunct Gamewell fire alarm system. Mike is a collector of Gamewell equipment, having a few piece of Gamewell gear (including a couple of fire boxes) in his personal collection. Along with those activities, Mike is an avid Craft Beer fan, active in local politics, ham radio operator (W1KNE), ebay'er and an LW/AM/FM DXer. He is also active within the "scanning community" and has been noted in the latest Scanner Master Pocket Guide. Mike serves as a Database Administrator for the national radio scanning site, Radioreference.com. (Radiorference has become the source for scanner frequency information with two large manufacturers using the database from that site in the production of their high end scanners.)
Mike is currently single and resides in Quincy, MA.