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Hello: I’m Mickey or “Mick” for short, on CW. Thanks for dropping by.

I was first licensed in July 1957 at age 15, as KN5LVB in New Orleans. The call was changed to K5LVB after I received my General license in January 1958. I kept that call until 1976 and changed it to K5ML when the opportunity to have a two-letter call with my initials became available. I started hamming with a borrowed 20 watt, crystal controlled CW rig for 40 meters, a Hallicrafters S-38D receiver and 30 ft. long wire fed with lamp cord. Back then, working Arizona or the Midwest was great DX but I had the time of my life and made some great lifelong friends. Like most young hams, I found ham radio a far more enjoyable way to spend the day than being confined in a high school. When someone asked, “How do you like school?” Mickey replied, “Closed.”

After high school, I went to college at LSU where I remained for 8 years. They finally kicked me out when I got a Ph.D. in Management with minors in Accounting and Statistics. From there I took a job teaching at the University of New Orleans where I worked from 1969-‘89. Working at UNO was a lot like being a boat owner. It’s been said that the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day he buys it and the day he sells it. My two happiest UNO days were the day I accepted the job and the day I opted for early retirement at age 47. I enjoyed teaching and the students were great. However, writing mundane articles for “The Journal of Unreadable Obscurity," or serving on the Committee for the Terminally Indecisive was not my cup of tea.

During my UNO years I continued to be an avid ham until late 1983. In ’83 my rig consisted of a Collins KWM-380, a Drake L4-B linear and a 4 element Cubical Quad on a 30’ boom atop a 51’ crank up tower. Working DX became so easy that I got bored with it all and started devoting more of my time to a second career that I began in 1977 as an author.

My second career as an author and speaker turned out to be very fulfilling. I write using the name “Michael LeBoeuf" because Michael is my middle name. I have written 8 business/how to books and coauthored a 9ththat have sold a total of almost 2 million copies, been translated into over a dozen languages and adapted to produce 17 audio and video programs. I spoke to a lot of audiences and got to see a good bit of North America, Europe, Australia and Asia while being paid for it.

In May 1994 I was speaking at an American Booksellers Convention in Los Angeles when a beautiful woman named “Elke” walked up. She introduced herself, told me she had read all my books and thought that I was wonderful. After regaining consciousness, I learned that she lived in Newport Beach, CA and got her phone number. We dated via long distance for almost two years before marrying and settling in Paradise Valley, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix, where we live happily today.

In the fall of 2006, I realized that my next birthday would be my 65th and decided to revisit the wonderful hobby of amateur radio that I had enjoyed so much. I purchased a Collins 30L-1 linear at a hamfest and later bought an Icom 756 Pro III for myself as a Christmas present. 

Living in an antenna restricted community, my antenna choices are limited, but haven’t deterred me from chasing DX. From October 2007 -  May 2016 I used two ground mounted verticals with 40 radials each. One is a 24’ ZeroFive vertical with a Scorpion capacity hat that I use from 10 - 40 meters. To minimize visual impact, I painted it a flat matte green and wrapped it in artificial garland. 

For 80 and 160 meters I use what I call a "ZeroFive Scorpion." It consists of a Scorpion SA-680 screwdriver antenna and a second ZeroFive vertical that I use as a giant whip. The vertical is attached to the top of the Scorpion with half-inch grounding braid.

The antenna can be easily raised and lowered in seconds. I keep it out of sight during daylight hours as shown here.



Using those two antennae, I worked 318 ARRL DX entities. I consider my best DX working FT5ZM on all bands from 160 - 10 meters because it's the farthest DX entity on earth from my QTH. 

In 2013 I added a Pixel low noise receiving loop antenna to the mix and found it very useful, mostly from 30 - 160 meters. It often made the difference between working and not working a new country. Like the green vertical, it is screened as topiary with green duct tape and artificial garland that’s available at any Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. 

For years I believed that HOA restrictions prevented me from putting up a beam. Then, in April 2016 I realized that I could mount a hex beam on the patio roof of the house and screen it from view. Eureka! Why didn’t I think of this sooner? I ordered a K4KIO 6 through 20-meter hex beam and it became QRV on May 14. It’s only 20’ high but performs well and is invisible from the street and next-door neighboring properties. It is screened from view on 3 sides by the 24’ peak of the main roof of the house. 

My current rig is an Icom IC-7610, an SPE 1.3K-FA amplfier, and a Dentron MT-2000A antenna tuner that I use with the green ZeroFive. I also keep an IC-7300 on the desk as a backup. 

Rig pic courtesy of Reinhard, K7RGG/DL1UF

You can find me chasing DX on CW/SSB or rag chewing on SSB. I’m having a ball working DX, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. If we haven’t already chatted, I look forward to the QSO.




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