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Hello and thanks for the lookup.

In 1979 I lived in Blissfield, MI and was licensed as KA8FFC.  My first rig was a Yaesu FT 901-DM and antenna was a plumbers delight 3 ele tribander with big black traps, I think it was a old Mosley, it was up 40 feet on a tower errected at age 14 for another radio service.  Upon entering the University of Toledo I sold the rig and donated the antenna back to general loan out.  I was able to use the University club station W8HEM.  After graduation, I moved to Boulder Colorado and received the call KD0PF as an advanced class operator. In 1986 I moved to Omaha, Ne spending 6 years with very little HF from a  Kenwood 530 S and a dipole from an apartment. 

In 1993 I moved back to Michigan and started HF all over.  A group of contesters from southern Michigan went on a DX-pedition to St Pierre over IARU Week. Upon return I received my new call KG8CW after upgrading  to EXTRA class before leaving.   I started a contest station with 100 foot tower, 6ele KT-34XA, 2 ele 40, KT-34, shunt feed tower 160, 2 80 m zl's, 160 zl, 2 40 zl, 40/80 loop, Yaesu FT-1000 and a QRO DX2500. All in all I had 18 Antenna's on 1 acre. I met my wife Susan KC8DAS and we were married in 1997.

We move north to the Traverse City Area in 2001.  I sold off the big equipment and took 50 foot of tower, rotor, 4 ele KT34, homebrewed beverage Control box, and hardline.  We poured the base for the new tower in 2002 and put up 50 feet. I had a Yaesu FT-900 and no amp.  I did not have much time to operate so things went stale until 2009.

Having an itch, I played SS in 2009 with 100 watts and a multi band dipole. I quickly started building a better station that could DX and Contest.  I now have a Dentron MLA-2500 and 23 Antenna's on 10 acre's.  In March 2012 a wet 18 inch snow/Ice storm took out most of the antenna's.  It was from that I rebuilt the beverages to 2 wire dual direction and re installed all 18 TX antenna's.  I managed a win for Michigan as single op high assisted on 160 m, its was a far cry from my 160 efforts downstate but wallpaper is wallpaper. So I chase DX, now at 285 and 111 on 160 m and give around 12 hours to any one contest.  Living in a forrest gives a lot of antenna supports but the foilage and tree's are very noticable in attenuation.

In August of 2015 I upgraded to a Yaesu FT1000D.  This will allow the bug to bite just a little harder.

Hope to catch you in on the bands or in the next contest.

 73 de KG8CW, Mike



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