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I was first interested in Amateur Radio when I was 14 years old when I built an HF superhetrodyne receiver from plans in the 1973 ARRL Handbook. However, real life intervened and I didn't get my Novice license. I was licensed in October of 2010 when I sat for my exams and passed all three tests. This is my first Amateur call sign.

I live in Wichita, Kansas which is 250 km SSE of the geographic center of the continental USA. I've also lived in Texas and Nebraska. My home rig is a Yaesu FT-950 with QRO provided by an Ameritron AL-811. There's also a Yaesu FT-1900R in the shack, connected to a Diamond X50A antenna in the attic. An Astron RS-35M powers the shack, with a repaired lightning-struck RS-35A as a backup. I also have a 1960 model Bird model 43 wattmeter that was found in a recycler's waste which I've restored. The HF antennas at home include a modified ZeroFive GP1040 vertical and a Cushcraft beam. All are fed with Andrew LDF4-50A Heliax which I get used or or in short pieces from my Elmer, Alan WD0BLO, who owns a commercial two-way (LMR) shop. The vertical is matched by a Palstar AT2K manual tuner and is mounted on a tower 5 meters (16.5 feet) tall. The vertical antenna is 13.1 meters (43 feet) tall itself, for a total structure height of 59.5 feet, or just a bit over 18 meters, and is usable (if not very efficient) on 160 through 10 meters. The fully restored 1994-vintage Cushcraft A-3S beam has a Balun Designs balun and is mounted on a 12.5 meter (41 foot) tilting monopole. The beam is turned by a 1967-vintage Ham-M rotator that I cleaned up, repaired and painted which works great. I'm also preparing to put up an MFJ-1762 6 meter beam with a homebuilt balun with parts from Amidon.

Check out my new mobile QRZ page for AC0TP/M.

I'm a member of the DMC #05878, EPC #19637, 30MDG #6087, PODXS #1598, OMISS #8219, Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Air Capitol Tec-Ni-Chat Amateur Radio Club and the ARRL.

I'm also a member of the 3905 Century Club. My award numbers are:

  • 40 Meter SSB 100 Point #2856
  • 40 Meter SSB 500 Point #156
  • 75 Meter SSB 100 Point #3049
  • 75 Meter SSB 500 Point #136
  • 75 Meter SSB 1000 Point #544
  • 160 Meter SSB 100 Point #606
  • 160 Meter SSB 500 Point #30
  • Certified Net Control Operator #142
  • Basic Net Control Operator Award

My digital mode contacts are made with as much as 50 watts of power; except JT65 where I run 25 or fewer watts. If I'm running something other than JT65, I'm using DM-780, which is part of Ham Radio Deluxe software suite, version 6. I use a SignaLink USB interface.

I work as a Cisco engineer and Project Manager for an industry leader that implements VoIP solutions for large enterprises. I'm married to Dawn, and we have a wonderful daughter who was born in 2008. By the way, everyone calls me Mick, and I'd like it if you did, too.

Mick, Dawn and the harmonic

QSL Route: I like to receive QSL's - either paper cards or via LoTW. If you send me a QSL card I will send one back, and you don't need to send stamps, SASE's or any sort of payment. I'm good in the ARRL Incoming Bureau and the OMISS bureau. For any contacts made on the 3905 Century Club nets, I'm good in both 3905 bureaus. I will send my contacts through eQSL.cc upon request. I also send my contacts to HRDLOG.net as a courtesy to those who want it and for this page to show my recent activity, but I don't use either eQSL or HRDLOG to confirm my contacts.

I've earned WAS #56,361 and DXCC #46,427.

I'm vice-president of the Ninnescah Amateur Radio Club and trustee of the club call sign AG0B.

This is my QSL card, which was printed on yellow card stock for contacts made in October and November, 2010. It was printed on green card stock until February, 2012. Between February and December of 2012, it was printed on blue card stock. Now it's full color!

I'm Just Kidding - God and Family come before Amateur Radio

Vertical Antenna: The ZeroFive GP1040 antenna base is elevated 16.5' from the ground, so the horizontal ground plane elements are just below the roof ridgeline. That position minimizes the visual impact of the vertical antenna from the front of the house. The non-conductive guys are attached at 33' above ground, leaving approximately 26' free standing.

I wanted to improve the performance of my vertical, and working with the assumption that more is better, I started experimenting. The modifications to the vertical antenna were made incrementally and changes were judged on the results, not on scientific measurement. I earned DXCC on the unmodified ZeroFive GP1040, and it stood up to some significant storms, so it's not a bad design. But the whole idea of Amateur Radio is experimentation, so I started making changes. First it was extended to 33', then to 36' tall. Finally, the active element was extended to 43'. At each increase I felt the antenna's performance improved. For the most part, testing was done at 'ground level', that is with the antenna base just inches above the ground. But that was always a temporary installation, as I have grass to mow and a child that I don't want to expose to RF burns. If anything, elevating the antenna diminished the performance - I certainly didn't see an improvement. But elevating it sure gets it up out of the way.

The aluminum to modify the antenna comes from DX Engineering; the aluminum for the tower comes from The Yard which is a surplus metal dealer here in Wichita. The welding was done by the Lorac company.

Cushcraft A3S Antenna: I got the beam antenna used from our local candy store, the Derby Radio Shack. It needed some cleaning, new hardware and new plastic elements. It is supported by a tilting monopole. Pictures soon.

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