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Hello & welcome to my page.

I became a ham in 1985 as KA5VZE but went QRT after my novice ticket was up. I only do CW except for 2M where I participate in the American Airlines net here in Tulsa on Sunday nights. My dad taught me Morse code when I was around 8 years old. He brought home an army surplus code practice machine that used tape and an electric eye for my brother and I to practice on. We would send to each other from garage to bedroom using the oscillator on that machine. I eventually learned to copy 25 wpm and was really proud of that. I didn't use code again until I joined the service and became a radioman in the army. I operated RTTY and copied CW until they placed me in the COMSEC vault handing out code books and cyphering equipment. One of the medics was an audio electronics enthusiast and gave me a Heath Kit SWL rcvr to finish. I was a SWL until I got my novice ticket after encouragement from my dad (N5GIZ) to take the test.  We went to the local monthly tailgate sale and purchased a National NX3 for around $50.00.  My brother replaced the relay in it and did some other fixing to it and that was my novice rig.  I still have the log from that time so you might look me up as KA5VZE. 

I love QRP and, of course, CW. I hang around the SKCC and QRP frequencies on 40 & 20 meters and can be found in the mornings on those bands for ragchews. I can usually be up on the air around 10:00am CST.

Rig here is an old Yaesu FT 101 ZD and a 40M dipole hanging out my upstairs window. (Too old to climb roofs) I also have a rockmite 20 & 40 for QRP. UPDATE: The RM 40 was lost in a fire and the FT-101ZD vfo hops around so I saved up and purchased a You Kits HB-1B QRP rig.  I've made contacts all over the world (well, almost) with it.

I am a retired watch & clockmaker. To see a watchmaker in action click onto this link.  If you want to see more just click onto his link to view his other vids.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6svZzTBIeM&list=UU1sHtXO11wEfNh_E2NNQoUw

Check out a fellow clockmaker W. R. Smith's telegraph keys on this link:

http://www.wrsmithtelegraphkeys.com/telegraph.htm

I LOVE EXCHANGING QSL CARDS AND WILL ANSWER ALL QSLs BY SNAIL MAIL, eQLS, OR LOTW. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY OR SASE.

MEMBER SKCC NR 9737 AND ARRL, pigrig 609 (haven't built the rig yet, ha), and 4 State QRP group.

ALSO MEMBER OF THE TULSA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.

 

MY FAVORITE THING IN AMATEUR RADIO IS ELMERING, FIELD DAY, SKCC, SOTA, AND PULLING QRPP SIGNALS OUT OF THE MUD.  If you have a RM-20 I'm listening around 14.059 most mornings and would love to have a RM 2X with your station.

73 & BCNU

MIKE

Oh, the child on the QSL card is my daughter holding my brother's QRP rig in 1987. I like to send that card to QRP QSOs.

You can also visit my blog "The QRP Brothers" at:

http://qrpbros.blogspot.com/2012/12/first-post-40-meters-cardbox.html

If your in need of a handcrafted paper towel holder visit my web site on http://samstreasures.com

 

 

 

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