As a young farm boy, Duane became fascinated with electronics and radios. When he was twelve years old, he began building shortwave radios from kits and would listen to them long into the night. After graduating high school in 1957, he joined the Air Force where he served honorably as a ballistic missile advanced electronics technician.
Following the Air Force, Duane began a career at 3M where he continued to build his electronics skills through industry conferences and classes. During his 21 years with 3M as a field service engineer, he was employed in various roles. Concurrent with his professional career at 3M, Duane also served over 20 years as a volunteer squadron commander and emergency communications officer for the Colorado Civil Air Patrol and as a fire lieutenant in the Cascade Colorado Volunteer Fire Department.
After he retired from 3M, he had another 15 year career as an electronics engineer for SCI System, United Circuits, and AGCO Printed Circuitry. He currently holds an amateur general class FCC license and enjoys building and testing HAM radios and antenna systems for survival applications.