Jane Cole Wyman, President of Radome Services LLC, worked in both radome installation and sales at a leading U.S. radome manufacturer for over 26 years. In 2010, Jane and her partners created Radome Services LLC, a woman-owned small business, to service all types of radomes in the U.S. and abroad. Radome Services works with a large customer base including U.S. Government, commercial and international users to install, dismantle, inspect, repair and maintain radomes and antennas. From dismantle and installation to routine maintenance and turnkey project management, Radome Services provides fully integrated radome services. In 2019, Radome Services merged with Colorado Springs based company Apogee Rope Access. Apogee owner Mike Babin assumed the role of General Manager and Radome Services welcomed Mike and his experienced crew. Radome Services LLC now has over 25 employees based in both the US and the UK.
Jane resides in Maine with her husband Pete and yellow lab Finn and General Manager Mike Babin is based in Colorado Springs and enjoys spending time with his family and dog Wendell.
Those of us who keep our feet on the ground can only marvel at a person like Scott DeCapio who considers hanging off the side of a radome (or mountain) just another great day outdoors! Let's face it, people who regularly travel the globe, climb up and down radomes, antennas and towers in some of the most dramatic and remote locations in the world, must be looking at life in a very different way. Scott DeCapio is just that kind of guy. If he's not working for Radome Services LLC, you will find him getting ready to go to, or just returning from, some type of climbing adventure. In his 20's, he was sponsored by Black Diamond and Patagonia as an alpinist and an ice climber. He received many grants such as the Lyman Spitzer award, the Mugs Stump award, and the Polartec Grant for expeditions to the Himalayas, the Tien Shan Mountains, and the Alaska range. Notable achievements include numerous technical first ascents at altitude in Kyrgyzstan; the first one-day ascent of Mt. Huntington in Alaska; and multiple ascents of El Cap (El Capitan, a 3000-ft wall in Yosemite National Park, California) including an on-site one-day ascent of the Nose. He still maintains a high level of fitness and technical skills while continuing to climb 5.13 on rock and M9 mixed routes.
So how did this fascinating character come to work at Radome Services LLC?
Scott was born in Oregon but shortly thereafter his family (Scott, his younger brother and his parents) moved to the East coast. From ages 6 to age 18, he lived in the central Massachusetts town of Boylston, near Worcester. Scott was your all around high school athlete: he ran cross-country, was a starting pitcher for the high school baseball team, developed his BMX bike skills, and spent a lot of time hiking and camping in the hills throughout New England.
He graduated cum laude with a BS in Biology, and an emphasis in Ecology from Johnson State College in Vermont. Four years of college in Vermont is when he really became passionate about climbing. Scott learned how to integrate his thirst for knowledge with his love of the out of doors.
In his own words, completing college led to a shift to a more non-traditional lifestyle:
By graduation, I had lost my drive to become a biologist, and all I wanted to do was travel and climb as much as possible. I stumbled into the radome work through a climbing partner I met in New Hampshire. The radome work fit my climber skill-set and my desire to travel very well. The intermittent work schedule allowed me time to plan climbing expeditions to Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, the French Alps, and the Himalayas.
I was actually homeless by choice and lived in my car (a two door VW Fox) for five years while traveling, climbing, and taking the occasional radome field service job. I was passing through Colorado when I met my future wife, Leah, and finally settled down. She has a degree in studio arts with an emphasis in ceramics. I traded climbing lessons with her college friends for lessons at the pottery wheel, and slowly learned to help her with her ceramics business.
Now that I'm older and married, I think I'm slowing down on the high-risk climbing in the big mountains. These days, I'm focused on technical rock climbing which is actually much safer. Right now I'm doing specific finger strength training to really push the limits of difficulty and climb the steepest walls I can find in the Colorado Rockies. Still, I hope to fit in one more exotic climbing trip — maybe to Patagonia (southern tip of S. America) in 2013.
So, what does Scott see for his future working life? Again, in his own words:
I hope I never have to be a 9 to 5 guy. I've lived the good life for so long now, I don't think I would know how to handle a regular job. I think I need more variety than most. That's what is great about radome work - you're always someplace new, constantly adapting to new cultures, climates, and work circumstances that keep the job interesting.
Mike O'Connell is a native New Englander who has called Massachusetts, Rhode Island and now New Hampshire home. Married with two sons and two step sons, Oaky, as he is widely known, practically grew up working in the radome industry. In 1984, he heard through a friend of a small radome manufacturer that was looking for a team of people for some temporary work at a site in England. Oaky applied and got the job, went off to England, and has been climbing radomes ever since. He began as a ground worker and worked his way over the years into his current position as an experienced and respected Supervisor. In 2010, he joined Radome Services LLC as one of its core team members.
In the course of his 30 years of experience, Oaky has been to almost every continent on the globe and has made a remarkable FOUR trips to The Ice (Antarctica). Of the many countries he has visited New Zealand ranks highest – for its great trout fishing.
When he is not hanging off a radome, Oaky is an avid golfer! His best round to date is a 76.
When asked what he likes most about his job, Oaky says very simply, I like the people and the challenges of the job. And I like the travel.
Oaky's passport is full of stamps from six of the seven continents – the only one missing? Africa. He'd like to get there someday and make that claim of seven for seven! And the other country he'd like to visit?
I'd like to go to Italy. For the food…
The radome industry certainly got lucky in the early 1980's because it attracted some really talented people. That's when Scott joined this small industry that most of us have to explain at dinner parties by referring to the Epcot dome. Scott's first foray into the world of Field Services was Thule, Greenland in 1981. The beauty and vastness of that place struck a chord and he's never looked back.
In 2010, Scott joined Radome Services as a core member who likes a way of doing things that had seemingly gone out of style – a way that includes putting the customer first and doing whatever it takes to get the job done right. As our Field Operations Manager, Scott is a well-respected leader in our organization and always looking for better ways to provide the best service possible for our customers.
Bitten by the travel bug at an early age, Eric Lindquist couldn't wait to get out of school, and start seeing some of the world. Jobs such as snowmaking, building swimming pools, and bartending got him as far as the West Coast and the Caribbean. In 1991 Eric started with a local Radome manufacturing and installation company in Massachusetts with the promise of a new challenge and exotic ports. After 26 years, Eric accepted an offer to join Radome Services in 2018, and added his talents to an already great team. Now with nearly 30 years experience building and maintaining many types of radomes and antennas, Eric is not ready to slow down just yet. Although he's been to the 7 continents, and all 50 states, " It's a big world out there, and there's always something new to see. Always something new to learn."
Jason Marshall has done it all! From his deep construction background, with over a decade as a master plasterer and finisher, to his years spent as a skydive videographer at one of Americas’ premier drop-zones, to being ranch manager at Dueces Wild Ranch and exotic animal habitat, he built a diverse skill set and a love of learning and adventure. In 2013 he started applying his skills to building radomes with All Access Services, then Apogee Rope Access and now he is one of Radome Services valued supervisors. He has recently been renovating his new home in FL between jobs, as well fishing off the coast with his girlfriend and their poodle Bobo.
Joel Guerin joined Radome Services in Jan 2019. Formerly a supervisor with Apogee, Radome Services welcomed Joel to the team. Joel has always loved working outdoors and with heavy equipment and he found the challenge and satisfaction of radome building fit well with his personality. He also loves the travel associated with working on radomes. When Joel isn't working, he enjoys spending time at his home in Florida.
Born in Middlesbrough NE England, Tim began his career at the age of 16 as an apprentice steeplejack. He worked in UK, Europe and Asia for over 20 years in several different but related industries. He settled in Ireland working as a steeplejack and started working on radomes in approx 2011. After having previously worked with some of the crew and enjoying the travel and challenges of radome building, Tim joined Radome Services in 2019.
Michael Babin’s background in rock climbing and tower work led him to the world of radome construction almost 20 years ago. Upon the advice of his friend and fellow climber (and current Radome Services Field Supervisor) Scott DeCapio, he started as a field service technician and eventual supervisor at L3 ESSCO. In 2011 he went on to form his own company, first as All Access Services and then Apogee Rope Access. In 2019, he merged his company with Radome Services where he is now a partner and General Manager. He works from his office in Colorado Springs, CO and spend his free time in the outdoors with his wife, two sons and a rambunctious beagle-hound.
With 16 years in construction design and management, Monica's background made her an excellent fit for her role at Radome Services. Monica is responsible for making sure the details come together for all of our jobs. She reviews and analyzes information from our customers and assists in making sure our team is prepared and able to complete jobs on time and on budget. Monica enjoys cooking, gardening, skiing and hiking thru woods, bogs, and dunes of the National Seashore with her 2 dogs.
After a long career in various aspects of the hospitality industry, Cathy joined Radome Services in 2018. Cathy handles the travel arrangements for our crew, various HR tasks like on boarding of new employees, weekly payroll and expenses, and processes invoices for our customers. An avid soccer fan, coach, and former player, when Cathy isn't in front of her laptop, you'll likely find her at the local soccer field or beach. She resides and works from her home office in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Paula's varied career includes drafting and machine design in both robotics and the telecommunications industry, cartography and environmental science. Before coming to Radome Services in 2014, Paula spent 4 years working as a program manager at a major radome manufacturer. Paula is responsible for booking equipment for our jobs, arranging shipments, and coordinating materials and supplies to ensure our team has what is needed to complete the job. Paula resides in central Massachusetts with her wife and two sons and she loves to travel the woods and the world with the three of them. An avid woodworker and competitive archer, if she's not on the phone with one of our international vendors, she can usually be found in her wood shop or out on the shooting range!