Bob Brodkin was born Robert Jay Brodkin in Brooklyn, New York.He attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and Food Trades Vocational High School in Manhatten. Serving in the United States Navy, Brodkin graduated from Class "A" Radio School at Bainbridge MD. and served his enlistment as an Admiral's staff member of COMCARDIV 5. He saw service on six different Attack Aircraft Carriers. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he achieved his Amateur Extra Class F.C.C. License for Ham Radio.
As a Morse Code Specialist and consultant he is proficient in both sending and receiving International Morse Code using either a "staight" and/or semi-automatic (bug) telegraph key. Brodkin is also proficient in sending and receiving Morse Code via flashing light. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, and a Master's Degree in Information Systems.