Duane (W6REC) and Linda Ausherman
Our house and shop
We live in Galt, California, a Central Valley town of about 24,000. Galt
is located south of Sacramento, the state capital, about 25 miles (40 km).
Galt is also about 2 hours (100 miles, or 160 km) east of San Francisco. We live just west of Galt, on 3
acres (2.2 hectare) in the country.
Linda was born in Upland, Ca. in 1948 and has lived in the San
Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley. Her interests include interior
design, sewing and Toastmasters. Linda's business,
Ausherman Interiors, is located in
our home. Linda designed the house and Duane built it. Linda has
three sons. Jon, the oldest, is an attorney. He is married and lives
in Sacramento, Ca. Tom is an electrician in the Portland area and recently
married to lovely Sonya. Dan, the youngest, is single
and graduated in Economics from University of Oregon in 99. He finished
his evening MBA program in 2004 and now works for Verizon in sales.
Duane was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1941. His family was in the farm
equipment manufacturing business. At 16 he became an amateur radio
operator. This hobby has been the main thread in an interesting career.
He moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 61 and worked in antenna manufacturing,
artificial heart research at the Cleveland Clinic and for NASA as a display
specialist. In 1967 he moved to San Francisco, Ca. and opened a BMW
repair shop. This expanded to become a franchised dealer, BMW of Marin,
across the Golden Gate bridge in San Rafael, Ca. This successful business
was sold in 1975. This allowed him the financial freedom to pursue several
areas. He opened another BMW franchise in Fort Bidwell, Ca. It was
mostly a museum of BMWs with over two dozen bikes displayed from 1921 to 1973.
A succession of contract jobs, generally as project manager, took him to several
locations. The most remote was in 92/93 to Antarctica. The most
unusual was in 1981, as the coach for the National winning team of women's eight
ball. All of the positions were in technical areas such as; Doppler radar,
airport construction, cellular telephone, motorcycle accessory design and
Duane and Linda enjoy international travel and began in 1991 with a two month
trip into the formerly communist Eastern Europe. This began a series of
hosting of foreign exchange students. In 1997 Duane went to the Czech
Republic to teach English conversation to high school students. One of
them, Helena, lived in their home in Galt and is almost their adopted daughter.
The families and friends have visited each others countries and become very
close. Helena returned to the USA to study at Central College, in Pella,
Iowa, in the fall of 1999. She is now studying in Taiwan getting her
master's degree in Public Health.
Now we have another student from the same city
and her name is Veronika. She graduated in May 2004 in French and has
returned to her home to work. We are very proud of both of them.
We are active members of the Galt
Area Historical Society. It is a collection of dedicated individuals
that are interested in restoring local historical points of interest.