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AL7KC Alaska flag Alaska

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QSL: via bureau or direct (see info below) and LoTW

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Greetings, friend and fellow radio enthusiast! Nice to meet you!

My QTH: I live in North Pole, which is located in the central part of Alaska, and not far from the home of Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas) and the spirit of giving.  I am 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of the city of Fairbanks. This is the land of the midnight sun during the summer, and the land of the frozen chosen during the long, dark and cold winter.  But, as a winter benefit, the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) frequently light up our night sky.  I'm typically under the "auroral oval" which often ruins our HF propagation....but I'd say it's worth it.  They are very beautiful and quite amazing!  (The higher latitudes close to the poles are impacted more by geomagnetic disturbances.  The solar winds that help to create the auroras also disrupt our signals.)

Currently looking for the states of WV and IA for confirmation via LoTW.

QSL via the buro or direct with self-addressed envelope plus $2 (or US international air mail stamp.)  USA: Please send SASE or via bureau.)  I collect stamps and currencies, so yours is most welcome and appreciated. (Similar value substitutes of stamps or currency/money are welcome to be substituted instead of the $2.)  

I began converting my paper logs to DXKeeper computer database and LoTW on Jan 2, 2017.  So far, over 7100 QSOs from 2004 - present are uploaded.  I am currently loading contacts from 2003, and will continue adding older logs as time allows.  I currently still log on paper, then put in the computer afterwards, typically within a few days, unless I get backed up with running large pileups.

Weather Underground PWS KAKNORTH14

My friend, Gene Eaton, AL7HX became a Silent Key in March 2013.  I now have his logs and manage his QSL requests. 

Midnight sun a couple of miles from my home

Aurora Borealis, the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio shack information: Drake TR-7 transceiver, RV-75 Synthesized VFO, SP-75 speech processor, Drake Astatic mic, Heathkit SB-220, HA-10 Warrior (4 x 811A) amplifiers, HyGain 204BA 4-element 20M yagi at 40 ft (12 m) height, and a roof-mounted Butternut HF6V vertical ground plane primarily used on 17, 30, 40 & 80M, and wire dipole for 75M.  I also have a Ten-Tec Corsair I use ocasionally.  (My first rig was a Kenwood TS-520.)

Home-brew gear: Several qrp transmitters (20M Universal QRP, 30M G-QRP/Sprat Oner, two 6F6/6V6/6L6 simple single-tube,) two basic transmatches (one 150W, one QRO,) my station antenna switch box, beverage/lowfer toroidal impedance match box, short mobile antenna capacitance match box, as well as a number of wire antennas.    

I was team member for the K3J DXpedition to Johnston Island (KH3) in 2001.  I twice activated Shemya Island (IOTA NA-37) in the Aleutians in 1997 and 1999 using KL7FBI.  I was team member for KL7RA CQWW phone multi-multi record effort in 1990, that stood until 2001.   

I became a Ham in 1984 as KA5TSD, after being exposed to amateur radio while stationed in Osan, Korea and becoming a volunteer phone patch operator for the Military Affiliate Radio System. I enjoy HF phone DXing, ragchewing, the occasional homebrew construction project, and collecting QSL cards. I also enjoy working with antennas. I've done or been involved with over twenty tower and antenna projects, not counting all the military antenna installs during my time with Combat Communications when I built numerous 500-foot long wire antennas (AFW0NXX terminated log wire, and vertical half rhombics.)  

I used to despise contests for monopolizing and ruining the bands when I was trying to keep schedules with friends, but I now appreciate them for what they are.  You now may find me mining them for DX and prefixes, and giving out Alaska multipliers, and maybe even participating.  I typically operate phone, but lately I've been getting back on CW again after many years of little or no use.  At this point, my speed is very slow. 

Disassembling a Rohn 25 towerPrepping for disassembly of a Rohn 25 tower

Doing the tower work for install at KL7HRN

I've become a paper-chaser, and found that having operating goals has helped spark more interest in working many more people in places that had become routine. I'm working toward DX Century Club (>270 worked, 250 confirmed,) Islands On The Air (>330 contacted, >230 confirmed,) WPX (993 prefixes cfm) and a couple dozen other awards of interest such as the Antarctic Bases, Israeli, TransCanada, Russian Oblast, and Japan prefectures awards. I have completed Millenium DXCC, WAZ and qualify for many others. Thanks to everyone who's been part of the fun! 

Most importantly, I'm a believer in the Most High God, the creator of the universe, and His son, Jesus! Through His free gift, He saved me and set me free from the spiritual bondages, old attitudes and behaviors I had known for my life.  I now have a much, much, much better and happy life! I love God, and believe that He is deserving of all of my praise and worship! I have come to realize that I was made for Him, and my best purpose is to worship and serve Him. I serve as music minister & worship leader for over two decades. (See videos below.)  

I'm married to my loving wife Terri since 1980. We have the best daughter we could ever imagine, a real blessing from God, Stephanie. I completed a career in the Air Force in 1999, working first as a computer operator (when a computer main-frame took up a large room and had no integrated circuits!) then became a ground radio maintenance technician (304X4/2E1X3.) Originally a "Buckeye" from Belmont, Ohio, I left in 1979 when I joined the Air Force.

I was drawn to Alaska by the amazing mountain view I experienced during an airport stop while enroute to Korea a few years later. That seed was later watered by meeting friend Ed, KL7HRN, who constantly talked about "the Great Land" during our electronics training in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1984. After an invite to come visit while stationed in Oklahoma City (hanging out with friends K5UOS and WA5U,)  I visited Ed in Alaska and was quickly hooked by the breathtaking scenery and refreshing difference in attitude. We transferred to Eielson Air Force Base Communications (near North Pole) in 1987, where I learned about EU HF pileups, then in 1991 I transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. There I was assigned to the 381st Intelligence Squadron (previously the 6981st Electronic Security Group.) I was fortunate to remain in Alaska until I finished in 1999 as a Master Sergeant (E-7.) After transitioning out of the military, I worked as a network surveillance technician, monitoring a network of long distance and local telephone switches, fiber-optic transport, and satellite earth stations for GCI, an Alaskan telecomm company. In February of 2002, I transferred back north to Fairbanks, where I now work as a network technician, working on most of the same as mentioned above in the central office. I typically do T-1 and Ethernet circuit and telephone switch provisioning, troubleshooting and restoral, and equipment maintenance. We moved from Eagle River back to North Pole in May of 2002, and moved into our home in late December 2003.

My Honda ValkyrieMoving around on the beachComing in from a fall rideWorking a European pileup at K3J Johnston Island DXpedition At Johnston Island

Other interests: Leading worship with guitar, playing and listening to praise and worship music such as Bethel, Hillsongs, Kent Henry, Robert Gay, Darrell Evans, Kate Miner, and Vineyard; watching good movies, motorcycling on my Honda Valkyrie Tourer F6, bicycling, '60's and '70's Mopars, Nordic and Alpine skiing, martial arts (Poekoelan Tjimindie/Silat, Escrima,) stamp collecting, and photography.  

God Bless and 73,

Mike

 

**** 9/8/16  QSL backlog update:  I still have hundreds of buro cards awaiting processing.  My apologies for the long wait.  My goal is to get caught up this winter.   

  


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Book Totals: 7093 qso's   2756 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#5823
Granted: 2017-01-23 10:04:02   (AL7KC)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
DX World Award#4989
Granted: 2017-01-20 08:44:02   (AL7KC)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#14619
Granted: 2016-12-08 09:18:02   (AL7KC)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
World Continents Award#12309
Granted: 2016-03-21 21:40:03   (AL7KC)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
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