Brent was first licensed as a amateur radio operator (ham) in 1972 and has held an Extra class license since 1991. He is a member of the ARRL and an accredited Volunteer Examiner (VE), having served at more than 100 test sessions. He was an Official Relay Station (ORS: 1991-1994) and an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) in New York.

He is also an active member of the Saratoga Community Emergency Response Team (Saratoga CERT) and the Saratoga Amateur Radio Association (SARA).