My first name is Roy, but I go by my middle name, Mike. Sometimes this creates a little confusion.
I retired in January of 2016 and I am really enjoying the time to spend on the many ham radio projects and activities that weren't possibile with a full time job. Now I can actually have QSO's in the middle of a weekday:-)
I've been a licensed ham since 1989 when I recieved KB5ILS as my first call. The same day I received my ticket, my then 12 year old son Michael received KB5ILT. We were subsequently AB5EA and AB5EB as extras. I, however, opted for a vanity call and Michael remains AB5EB. My youngest son Jake was also licensed when he was 12 and holds the call KB5SKN. I also have two grandsons, Reid and Boogie, KF5GYE and KF5GYD, who hold their General Class ticket.
I am #1 DXCC Honor Roll since 2005 and I have over 1,050 IOTA Islands confirmed. Most recently I have begun enjoying the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program, www.sota.org.uk, both as an activator and a chaser. SOTA combines my love for the mountains and the challenge of portable QRP operation. On March 8, 2015 I acheived Moutain Goat status as a SOTA activator. The status requires 1,000 activator points. It took me two years and two days to accumulate the 1,000 points. I activated 118 summits en route to Mountain Goat status.
I am primarily a CW operator, spending 90% of my time on that mode, working SSB on occasion if necessary to work a new one of whatever I'm chasing. I run an Elecraft K3 and a KPA500 amplifier into a Log Periodic on 20m-10m and wires on the low bands, all mounted on a 55 foot tower. I love my N2DAN paddle, although I have recently taken an interest in operating bugs. I have a small collection of WWII era bugs, a J-36,a Vibroplex 1944 Original and Standard Bug. I also have an Australian Simplex Auto which is a very novel design. Bugs add a little art to the sending of CW, lots of fun. I a member of the CW Operators Club (CWops), www.cwops.org , an organization that promotes CW activity, but also dedicated to teaching CW to those who wanted to increase their profiency. I also have become active in the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC), www.skccgroup.com . I use my J-38 or Navy Flameproof straightkeys when in SKCC mode.
I also enjoy QRP. I have a KX3, FT-817, HW-8 and the 3-Band MTR CW only rig designed by KD1JV. When activating summits for the SOTA program, the length of the hike and the elevation determine which rig I take. The MTR weighs only 6 oz, so it's the choice on the more difficult hikes. I write a blog about my SOTA and QRP experiences at ad5aradio.blogspot.com .
I am building a contest station near Rocksprings, TX. I have one 107 ft tower already up with another 170 ft. rotating tower in the works. I should have the station on the air by the spring of 2016. So if you hear me on 6m listen to the grid closely. When there I am in EM00.
I also operate periodically from Santa Fe, NM where I use a modified 20 ft. tall flagpole antenna to run 80m-10m using an SGC tuner at the base. The subdivision won't allow antennas, but are not opposed to flagpoles.
I am a co-founder and President of the Island Radio Expedition Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) organization which means that contributors by US Citizens are tax deductible.. The Foundation provides grants to expeditions activating rare IOTA islands. The website is www.islandradio.org.
I also enjoy weak signal VHF/UHF SSB and CW operation. This is a relatively new pursuit for me, but I am really enjoying it. I am a member of the Hamsters, a regional VHF/UHF Group. Their website is www.144200.net.
I am also the founder and original rhythm guitarist of the No Refund Band, norefundband.com. We released our first record internationally in September of 2012 and the second , "Current State of Blue" was released October 23, 2014. You can check out our sound on our website or on iTunes, Amazon and most digital outlets. The band is the real deal as we played BB Kings on Beale St. in Memphis in January of 2015. From a blues perspective it doesn't get any better than that. However due to my busy work and personal schedule I recently left the band, (April 2015), as we just got too busy. A victim of our success I suppose. One day I may return when work doesn't get in the way.
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