Mike's Ham Page


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Welcome to my ham page. I use and enjoy all modes but am primarily a CW operator and happy to have earned awards DXCC CW #12,029, WAS CW #52,955, and WAC CW, all earned with 100 W / dipole.

Not a ham? If you happened across this page by chance and are not a ham, you can learn more by surfing on over to the American Radio Relay League, of which I am a Life Member and whose link is below. Ham radio is a fun hobby with many enjoyable aspects to it. There truly is something for everyone.

Ham and CW op? Join an NTS net! Sure, you've been at cw for decades and hear the washing machine seemingly squeak and groan in CW after a contest, but traffic nets need a different kind of focus. Not quick, fixed exchanges, and not a ragchew where it's ok to drop a word here & there. It's business-like but friendly, because you hang out with the same group. You meet new people likely to become longtime friends, hone your cw so that not a single letter is miscopied, and you even become part of a system that might help the community someday. Sure, the last is less and less likely in this day and age, but you never know. It is for sure, however, a skill from down the decades that connects you with the very best operators in a century of ham radio. See the MSN link below.

Historical CW and Radio Training

Bell Labs

Some US military Morse code and radio training films on YouTube:

Historical radio films:

Here are a more or less random assortment of links related to my hamming activities. Always feel free to email me.

Worthwhile Organizations


International Amateur
Radio Union

American Radio
Relay League

Maryland Slow Net
NTS Traffic Net

Straight Key Century Club

Dayton 2011 Photo

North American
QRP CW Club

Ham Things


AB3AP shack

My Elecraft Software,

written in Java.

My Rockmite,

a neat little QRP rig.

My QSL Card

	


Mobile APRS set up


Lionel Bug Revival

Ca. WW-II

Cake Pan Transmitter


CW Key Switch Project


1972 ARRL CW Operating Manual


	

Ft. Monmouth MARS/ARS shack


Contemplating ARRL Life Membership?


Random Wire Calculations

Music

The German band Kraftwerk sang for Expo 2000, "Mensch Natur Technik" ("Man Nature Technology"), which I translate into ham-speak as "Operator Atmosphere Radio," though it's not as musical. :-) Fun music for any ham. Check out the CW in their "Radioactivity" tune.

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