Rave Reviews Book Club’s “Spot light” Author, Michael Lynes

Author PicBook CoverAuthor Bio:

Mr. Lynes is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys dry red wine and single malt scotch. When not occupied with arcane engineering projects he spends his time playing with his two grandchildren, baking bread, feeding seasoned hardwood into his ancient Timberline wood-stove, working on his various cars, bird watching and taking amateur photographs. His current menagerie include one short-haired turtle shell cat and a pair of actual turtles.

His last book, There is a Reaper; Losing a Child to Cancer, was an Indie B. R. A. G. Gold Medallion Honoree in January 2017, a silver-medal winner of the 2016 Readers International Awards for Memoir, a medalist in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Memoir, a winner of the 2015 TISBA (The Indie Spiritual Book Awards) and a finalist in both the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year Award and the Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2015.

Mr. Lynes was awarded a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and currently works as an embedded software engineer. He has a consuming interest in the science of emotion as promulgated by Dr. Paul Ekman and has made a comprehensive study of his Face and Emotion courses.

Mr. Lynes has four sons, has been married for over thirty yeas and currently lives with his wife and youngest son in the beautiful secluded hills of Sussex County, NJ.


Follow Michael online:


Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/MLynesAuthor/



Michael’s Books:

The Fat Man Gets Out Of Bed: https:/www.amazon.com/Fat-Man-Gets-Out-Bed/dp/1938812905

There is a Reaper-https://www.amazon.com/There-Reaper-Losing-Child-Cancer-ebook/dp/BOOXNZW6C4

Two Way Radio

Hey! Let me clue you into the Next Big Thing! Are you ready?

It’s, (insert drum roll here) Handheld Two-Way Radio! Taa-daa(waves tiny flag) Exciting huh?

If you are mentally backing away right now without making eye contact I can’t say I blame you.

Wireless tech is everywhere these days. Nobody thinks twice about downloading movies to their smartphone or posting the live output of their drone-can to their social media account. In fact, unless you’ve sent the last couple of decades living in the interior of Papua New Guinea, you use wireless two-way radios every day.

But , you say, those apps are hip and modern! Handheld two way radio is old school.Good maybe for firefighters or NASA but not for us tech-savvy Gen-Y’ers.

In reality Handheld Radio is even more important and ubiquitous than ever before. In fact according to a recent report in Homeland Security News Wire the worldwide market is on track to exceed sixteen billion dollars in 2017.

Two-way radio provides excellent low cost, high quality communications service to tens of thousands of commercial and public sector workplaces. However as with any complex system there are many modes of failure. Given the critical nature of these services the ability to correctly identify, diagnose and potentially resolve communications issues is a critical skill.

One of the most frequently reported issues with handheld radios is interference. Interference is unwanted radio energy in the same band as your handheld. Sources of interference can be divided into three categories:

1:Other nearby radio users

2 Incidental sources (Power lines, spark plugs or microwaves)

3 Environmental (electrical storms, geomagnetic conditions or sun spots)

Range is the next most reported issue. Range is the maximum that your radio can be separated from another and still be able to exchange information effectively. Radio waves radiate like a light bulb. On a clear night the only thing limiting the range would be the curvature of the earth itself. Why then do you have problems communicating with another radio only a few thousand feet away? The range of a radio signal can be limited by many things, some obstacles (like buildings or other structures) block or absorb or reflect the signal so that it is weakened. Range is also limited by the power that a signal is sent with.

Resolve range issues by increasing power, using a better antenna or changing your location.

Lastly the best advice is to RTFM (Read the Blanking Manual) Know how to use your radio! Mistuning, incorrect transmission settings and incorrect operating modes are frequent causes of performance issues. The user’s Guide or a training video can make you handheld experience tons better.

As with most things, a little common sense and following proper operating procedures go a long way. Before sending you radio in for expensive bench testing or repairs apply these simple troubleshooting tips and save yourself money and time.



About mhembroff

I am the author of Bess's Magical Garden, a middle grade novel, The Mystery of the Hidden cabin which is the sequel to Bess's Magical Garden and picture book Gramma Mouse Tells a Story. I am the member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Writers Guild of Alberta. My series The Ghostly Encounters and other short stories can be found on https://www.channillo.com, listed in the short story section. I have been an avid reader since early childhood and has always been imaginative. It wasn't until my children were growing up that I started taking writing classes and put my creations onto paper. When I'm not writing I like to paint, draw, work in the garden and spend time with my pets and family.
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23 Responses to Rave Reviews Book Club’s “Spot light” Author, Michael Lynes

  1. Jan Hawke says:

    OMG – am I really the first here?!!! ๐Ÿ˜› LOL It’s nice and kind of comforting to know that 2way radio still has its uses – old tech never truly goes away does it? Just as well for old dinosaurs like me! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks, Margie for doing the honours for Michael today! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. mikelynes says:

    Thank you very much Marge for hosting me on this day five of the RRBC Blog tour – it has been a fun time and really enjoyable to interact with so many of my fellow authors! By the way, your blog site looks great – clean and nicely organized. Best regards to all – MikeL

  3. jinlobify says:

    Hi, Michael, the first time I downloaded a movie to my laptop, it almost crashed my laptop. In just a few minutes, my laptop was inundated with trash. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I could never do that again. Thank you, Marjorie, for hosting him. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mikelynes says:

      Hi Joy – i agree you do have to be very careful what you download from that wild internet – anything can get in and crash your system! I always say – if you need a PC fixed – find a teenager and beg them to help you… The kids all know how to fix things.

      Best regards – MikeL

  4. Micki Peluso says:

    Mike, you are talking to a techno dummy here. LOL. Hopeless at that. Congrats on all those awats for “There is a Reaper,” well deserved, I’m sure.

    • mikelynes says:

      Hi Micki – thank you! Tech has been a way of life (and a way to pay the bills) for me for over 30 years – but even I run into some crazy issues once in a while! Best regards to all – MikeL

  5. I can’t help it. The minute I thought of two-way radios, my brain starting singing, “BJ McKay and his best looking bear.” lol! Anyone else remember that show? I’ve never used a two-way radio, but I love your “RTFM” advice. LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • mikelynes says:

      Hi Yvette! Never heard of that particular show but it sounds interesting. Yah sometimes the manual can be your friend – especially once things have started to go ‘haywire’

      Best regards – Mikel

  6. Wendy Scott says:

    Hi Mike,
    I’m enjoying the variety of your posts.

    • mikelynes says:

      Thank you Wendy ! I did try to send in a wide selection – glad you enjoy them! Best regards, MikeL

  7. lauralibricz says:

    Hi Mike. Our fire department has recently switched to digital hand helds. The whole emergency system have just switched. And yes this is quite popular if you watch Stranger Things! Where would they be without their radios! Thanks for hosting Margie!

    • mikelynes says:

      Thank you Laura! I wrote this article for a magazine submission – ultimately it ended up not being published due to space concerns. It’s a bit specific but still kind of fun. Best regards to all – MikeL

  8. Gwen Plano says:

    Hi Mike, I’ve never used a two-way radio, but I loved your advice to RTFM. ๐Ÿ˜€ There is a Reaper was a powerful read; I look forward to The Fat Man Gets Out of Bed. Have a great day!

    • mikelynes says:

      Thank you so very much Gwen! ‘The Fat Man’ is mostly pure fiction, with some stories drawn from life – especially ‘My Father’s Hands’ – i do hope you enjoy it! Best regards – MikeL

  9. Linda Mims says:

    You took me back to the days of high school administration when charging our walkies was the order of the day. Couldn’t function without them. That’s a BIG 10-4 and Out! Thanks for hosting, Margie.

    • mikelynes says:

      Hi Linda! Yah CB radio and walkie talkies were all the rage back in the day. Now with cellphones not even the truck drivers use CB anymore. Ah how times change… Best regards – MikeL

  10. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how to beat my cable bill and talk on a darn cell phone through all that static. Seriously, Michael, all of technology is crazy to me but I’m trying to keep up. This article helps.

    • mikelynes says:

      Hi Shirley! Tech is surrounding us these days for sure. It helps to be an engineer in the ‘keep up’ department – but if you really want good assistance – find a teenager – they are on the cutting edge…! Best regards – MikeL

      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

        Micheal, teenagers are born knowing how to use technology. I am in awe of them. lol

  11. ~Mar says:

    This has been such an enlightening and entertaining blog tour. Thank you for brightening our week, Michael!! Marjorie, thank you so much for hosting!

    • mikelynes says:

      Hi Mar! You are quite welcome – glad you liked the post and the tour was, i hope, as fun for you all as it was for me! Best regards to all – MikeL

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