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Welcome to Amateur Radio Station AD0VW!

I go by "Mike" or "Mikey" and I became a radio amateur in 1966 after earning my Novice class license and first call sign--WN0LSG. An upgrade to General Class, as WA0VLW, occured one year later. In May of 2011, after some forty years of sporadic activity in the hobby, I upgraded to Amateur Extra Class and now enjoy the hobby daily as AD0VW. 

My shack is home to a Flex 6500, a Yaesu FTDX-5000MPL, an Icom 7700 and a Yaesu FT-991A. An SPE Expert 2K-FA linear provides extra power for the rigs and a Kenwood TL-922A amp is available as backup. The TL-922A is for sale to anyone willing to pick it up in person (I will not ship it). Microphones are the Electrovoice RE-20 and RE-320, a Heil PR-781 all on PL2T booms. I use SDR-Play's "Console" software with the Yaesu 5K which provides a nice bandscope/waterfall on the monitor (pictured above). I use the FT-991A for mobile and portable operations as well as shack based VHF/UHF work. A TYT UVF1 handy talkie rounds out the ham gear. My HF antennas include an 80 meter horizontal loop, 80, 40, and 17 meter vees, as well as a Hustler 6BTV vertical. (I'll explain the dinosaur thing a bit later.)

 

Yaesu FT-991A & Kenwood TL-922A

                                     

                                    TL-922A is for sale ($995.00)

                    Hustler 6BTV Vertical

 

 

    Radial plate with 60 radials

  

 

                      Underground PVC houses RG-213                    

  

 

                       

     

                                        80/40/17 Meter Vees                                                  

                                        

     

I particularly enjoy working HF SSB nets and earned my first ever W.A.S. on the 3.668 mhz Geratol.net in February 2014. I have done volunteer time as net control for the Geratol net. I have also done some net control duty for the Kansas Sideband net. I am a member of the Flinthills Amateur Radio Club and like to help out as a weather spotter whenever needed. The club graciously authorized use of their 147.15 repeater for a special project of mine-- the C.A.R.E.net-- which stands for the Christian Amateur Radio Encouragers net. Some time back I turned over the operation of this net to two dedicated net controls--Randy and Melissa Klaus (K0ITG and K0CCF). They continue to do a great job. The net is open to all interested radio amateurs and is meant to serve as a means of spiritual support to its participants. I also enjoy bringing new people into the hobby teaching radio classes and serving as CVE for the W5YI Butler County Volunteer Examiner Team.

Over the past two years, I have had a lot of fun as a member of the 3.868 "Fire in the Wire" rag chew group. Enjoyable bunch of guys who start around midnight Central time and go until around three or so in the morning. The group is "G" rated, knowledgible, considerate, fun and always welcomes like-minded newcomers. Most run a KW or more which lets things keep going even on noisy summer nights.

Brief Bio

Nancy and I have been married forty-seven years. We have two adult children and six grandchildren. Our daughter is a financial aid counselor in Wichita, Kansas and our son is the head baseball coach at Ottawa University in Kansas. The photo below was taken for our 45th wedding anniversary. Nancy has been in poor health the past few years, but we take things one day at a time with God's help. Nancy and I are both American Baptist USA ordained clergy.

Two long time vocations (and callings) help pay the bills. I am a pastor and have been at the Park Avenue Baptist Church for twenty-eight years. During most of that time, I was also an instructor at Butler Community College teaching comparative religion classes. I retired from the classroom in July of 2015. I am an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA and a graduate of Wichita State University. I have a Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. After seminary, I worked for several years as a hospital chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education resident and supervisor at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Kansas City. My Doctor of Ministry degree was earned in 1994 from Drew University in Madison, NJ.  In recent years, I have been blessed to take several mission work teams to Nicaragua where our groups have helped build schools, clinics, homes, water purification systems, and occasionally, latrines. On my last trip, fellow mission worker and radio amateur Les Pierce (KC0DQ) and I helped to install antennas and IC-718 radios to facilitate better communication for the organization we work with in Managua, AMOS Health and Hope. AMOS works with any and all interested groups. If you would like to know more about AMOS, check out the video link below.

https://vimeo.com/33047163
 

In my work duds (2010 photo)

I also have two avocations. Ham radio is the obvious one. Paleontology is the other. I have enjoyed studying dinosaurs since I first learned to read. In fact, I have participated in dinosaur digs in Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana. I have done dig work in the  marine deposits of western Kansas. (Kansas was once  the bottom of a shallow sea.) A peak experience for me, as an amateur paleontologist, was an invitation  from Dr. John Horner to participate in a dig at the "Mother's Day" site near Bridger, Montana. John "Jack"  Horner has been the consultant on all the Jurassic Park movies. My interest in dinosaurs is expressed  in dinosaur modeling and I enjoy doing programs for grade schoolers as "Dinosaur Mike" where I bring  models, hands-on dino artifacts, and storybooks to share with the young students. For several years, I wrote  two columns for Prehistoric Times magazine-- "Dino-Trekker" and "Bedtime Dinosaurs." I have visited  virtually every dinosaur museum in the lower forty-eight states. A few of my dinosaur models are at the very end of my QRZ page.

                                 

 

 

 

 

I want to thank dino artist Joe Tucciarone for giving me permission to use his artwork, shown below, on my QSL card. Joe does some great work and I think his art makes for rather unique cards. My radio club's QSL is also pictured.

My Current Dino QSL Card

 

An earlier call sign and dino QSL card

My KB0VAC Club QSL

                                       

Some of the shack's earlier incarnations and equipment

Yaesu and Kenwood Classics

Heathkit SB-104 with all the trimmings

 

The Elecraft "K-Line"

The Yaesu FTDX-3000

    Other rigs and equipment I have owned along the way.

 

                  

 

 

 

                        

 

                      

 

                      

 

                               

 

 

                                 

 

 

 

I was once seduced by the Dark Side of the Force.

 

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY DINOSAUR MODELS

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             Iguanadon

Spiny's Big Catch

 

                    

                                          Stegosaurus                                                                         Nesting Camarasaurus

Diplodicus longus

                                                              Mother and calf                                                                               Baryonyx the Beachcomber

 

Thanks for the Visit

73's from

Mike & Nancy Blaine

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