A ham since 1980, Mike has experimented with many aspects of amateur radio. However, he keeps coming back to CW. Mike enjoys ragchews, DXing and contesting on HF. He also enjoys collecting boatanchor gear and Morse code instruments.
Mike has earned several operating awards, including DXCC MIXED, DXCC CW, DXCC 20m, FISTS WAS, FISTS Century Club, RCC and A-1 Operator Club.
He is a founding member of the Robert F. Heytow Memorial Radio Club and a volunteer staff member of the K9YA Telegraph—a free, monthly, general interest ham radio eZine read in over 100 countries. Mike has had articles published in the K9YA Telegraph, WorldRadio Magazine and ARRL Web.
His son, Steve, KB9YPC, is also a ham, while his two cats, Scratchy and Pixie,are SWLs and BCB DXers.
Mike's designated driver is a 12BY7A.