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First and Formost, Jesus is #1 in my life. Through Him all things are possible. The extreme peace, love, hope, and freedom He has blessed me with are undeniable. I invite anyone who reads this to accept him as their Lord and find peace and joy in their life as they have never seen before. The Bible says that God loved the world so much that he gave his only son so whomever believed on him would not spend eternity in Hell but receive Eternal Life. The pastor of my church is awesome and the congregation keeps growing. Please visit http://www.sugargrovechurch.com. It is one awesome place.

I have been a ham since July 2003, and passed my Extra in 2006.

My station consists of: Yaesu FT-100, ICOM IC751, MFJ-941D Versatuner II, Windom at 40'. I have built a SuperCmos CW keyer, SW-40, 20m Rockmite, and just completed a Michigan Mighty Mite.

I enjoy all modes: CW, SSB, and Digital. I've been doing a lot of JT65HF lately. I'm slow at CW but enjoy that very much.

I have my WAC, WAS, and DXCC. I use both LOTW as well as direct. I like eQsl for a quick verification, but prefer paper.

I volunteer on our local Skywarn and RACES/ARES groups and also work with Nature's Way Animal Rescue, an organizaton that works with the emergency operations of Elkhart County. Please see http://www.nwart.org.

Besides radio I enjoy  playing guitar, shooting rifle and pistol, golfing, my horses, and definitely BBQing. I built a cement block hog pit for doing a hog roast that so far has received rave reviews.

Hope to see you on the bands!

73, de KB8M - Doug

My original KC8YEC QSL Card:           Current QSL card:


Things have changed a bit over the years!

Satellites -  I enjoy the FM birds, and I enjoy working the Space Station packet.

  This was my FM Sat contact using SO-50 with AC0RA.


Michigan Mighty Mite

Here is my latest home-brew creation.  It's a Michigan Mighty Mite on 80m (3.579MHz.)  I wanted to try my hand at using the toner-transfer method to create a circuit board, and then build this little transmitter and thus become a recruit in the "Color Liberation Army" thanks to the fine folks Bill Meara and Pete Juliano of the Soldersmoke podcast.  I'd recommend their podcasts.  Very interesting as well as entertaining!

It all went together well. My 8 yr old son Wyatt helped me wind the coil, and the transmitter WOULD have worked the first time if I had put the transistor in correctly.  I had put it in backwards.  Doesn't work too well that way. I triple checked and thought it was correct. I even emailed Pete Juliano and zipped him a pic to see if he could see any glaring issues.  After talking to him I reviewed the layout again and found the transistor was reversed.  I had built the transmitter using sockets for the crystal and transistor so I could experiment later so turning it around was no big deal.  Once the parts were in correctly I keyed the transmitter and there was a nice stable signal on 3.579 on my receiver!  As Bill Meara would say, the radio gods were smiling.



Here are some links I use often:

SOLDERSMOKE: soldersmoke.blogspot.com
SKYWARN: www.imoskywarn.org
ARRL: www.arrl.net
DX Summit: www.dxsummit.fi
QRZ Information: www.qrz.com
EQSL: www.eqsl.net
BuxComm Ham Supplies: www.buxcomm.com
GenLog Logging Program: www.qsl.net/w3km/gen_log
Ham Radio Deluxe: www.ham-radio-deluxe.com
Weather: radar.weather.gov
eHam: www.eham.net
Online MORSE CODE: http://lcwo.net/
Winlink 2000: www.winlink.org
AMSAT: www.amsat.org
QSL.NET: www.qsl.net

… and of course some friends websites:
K9BIF: www.qsl.net/k9bif


Some of my awards:

















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