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I received my Novice license, WN2TVU in late 1973, about a year after my discharge from the U.S. Navy and upgraded to General in 1975.

While serving in the U.S. Navy I learned CW at the Naval Communications Training Center (NCTC) at Corry Field in Pensacola, Fla. After six months of intensive training we graduated, able to copy 18 "groups" (comprising of 5 letters and/or numbers each) per minute on a manual typewriter, also known as a "mill." For the next 3 1/2 years I copied all manner of CW as an intercept operator, then known as a "Communication Technicians" (CTR) first onboard the U.S.S. Oxford in Vietnam, followed by tours at the U.S. Naval Communications Station in Rota, Spain and finally Homestead, Fla. Some of the CW we copied was 1st rate, while some was almost uncopyable, but all of it was fun trying. Nowadays it's all digital communications with little, if any, CW used anymore. 

After getting my ticket I was very active for about 20 years & then went QRT for almost as long.

On Oct 1st, 2012 I finally got back on the air and by Jan 1st 2013 I completed CW W.A.S., CW DXCC and CW WPX.  On Jan 1st 2013 I also received my new call sign, K2TTM, giving up WA2TVU after nearly 40 years.

Chasing DX & contesting are my two favorite activities, but I spend a fair amount of time rag chewing & trying to get my CW speed back up where it was 20 years ago.

Contest Results - Always Single Op., Unassisted, Low Power (100 watts).

WA2TVU  -  2012

2012 ARRL Ten Meter Contest (CW) - 1st Place - NLI Section of Hudson Div. - 66,640 points.

2012 CQ WW DX Contest (CW) - 6th Place - Dist. 2 - 396,967 points.

K2TTM  -  2013

2013 ARRL Int'l DX Contest (CW) - 1st Place - Hudson Div. - 937,950 points.

2013 CQ WW WPX CW Contest - 2nd Place - Dist. 2 - 884,412 points.

2013 ARRL Sweepstakes (CW) - 1st Place - NLI Section - 4th in Hudson Div. - 107,236 points.

2013 CQ WW DX Contest (CW) - 1th Place - Dist. 2 - 1,474,116 points

2013 ARRL Ten Meter Contest (CW) - 1st Place - NLI Section - 2nd in Hudson Div. - 361,368 points.


2014 ARRL International DX (CW) Contest - 1st Place - Hudson Division. - 1,593,530 points.

2014 CQ WW WPX CW Contest - 2nd Place - Dist. 2 - 687,466 points

2014 ARRL Sweepstakes (CW) - 1st Place - NLI Section - 2nd in Hudson Div. - 109,880 points.

CQ WW 160-Meter Contest (CW) - 2nd place NY - 107,456 points.


I work strictly CW on the HF bands. On good days I can usually manage to copy around 40 wpm and currently I can send about 33 wpm without too many mistakes. I'm working on getting my sending speed up to at least 35 wpm so if you enjoy QRQ CW please give me a call if you hear my CQ.  After trying several different types, I decided to use a Begali Simplex Mono paddle. 

My current rig is a Kenwood TS-590S. My original antenna was an "Off Center Fed" Dipole/Windom running roughly NNE/SSW with the feed point up about 35' in the trees . Overall the antenna is 132' in length with one leg 44 ft. long and the other 88 ft. In order to obtain a 50 ohm match there is a 4:1 balun at the feed point. It is designed to be used on 80 through 6 meters, including the W.A.R.C. bands. If you have the room, I highly recommend this antenna design.

In the summer of 2013 I purchased a K4KIO 6 band (6-20 meters) broadband Hexbeam, and after hiring a tree trimming company who put it in place, it is on the roof of my shed. The top of the antenna is about 30 feet off the ground, at the top of a 10' mast, on my homebrew 8' tower. Here is a website that gives an in depth, yet easy to understand, explanation of how the Hexbeam design works. http://www.karinya.net/g3txq/hexbeam/broadband_tech/

I installed a 160m Inverted L in January 2014 in anticipation of the CQ WW 160 meter contest. The vertical portion is about 50' high while the horizontal portion is about 80' or so. I have about 20 radials of various lengths, but only 3 are 1/4 wave length, the rest range between 45' - 75'. If you hear me on 160m please give me a call.  I only need AK for WAS on 160m so if you're in Alaska & hear me, please give me a call.

In addition to ham radio my hobbies include photography & genealogy. The picture on my QSL card is a shot of the Great South Bay here on Long Island I took in December 2011. I have traced my family tree back to the late 1400's in Germany (where they have the most amazing records). On my English side I have gone back to the late 1500's. On my Dutch side, the mid 1500's, but only the late 1700's on my Irish side. My first ancestors to come to America were Dutch, arriving in the mid 1600's. At last count I have at least 7 direct ancestors who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

So many hobbies, so little time.


Mike Sparks

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I reply to all QSL requests in the same manner they are sent to me.

Please include a S.A.E. if you want a direct QSL and I will pay for return postage.

I upload my logs to LoTW at least once a week.

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