My first name is Roy, but I go by my middle name, Mike. Sometimes this creates a little confusion.
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 and I have over 1,040 IOTA Islands confirmed. Most recently I have begun enjoying the Summits on the Air (SOTA), 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 statsu.
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 Begali Strativarius paddle, although I have recently taken an interest in operating bugs. I have the Begali Intrepid which a wonderful bug. I also 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 enjoy QRP. I have a KX3, FT-817 and the ATS4 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 ATS4 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 also have a station near Rocksprings, TX, 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.
I am also a guitarist in 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.
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