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Amateur Radio Station ACØPR

Welcome to my homepage! Above is my current QSL card, taken in Snow Canyon State Park about 10 minutes from my home . This site is related to my amateur radio (ham) activities and interests. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful in some way. I did live in North Dakota for 6 years, a fun place to be a ham. Thanks for stopping by! 73 de Mike.
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My base station consists of my main radio, a Yaesu FT-991 with a 43-foot DXE vertical antenna and an autotuner at its base. I have two keys on the desk (though many others elsewhere) which are a Begali Magnetic Classic and a J-38 used in WWII in Japan to contact Korea (there is a Korean coin glued to the knob). I use N3JFP's Amateur Contact Log for my logging program. I  have a homebrew key switch to change from the different keys. I also have a fully functioning Heathkit SB-101, mostly to help me learn about tube radios and a Kenwood TS-440 as a backup. I have a Yaesu FT-857D as go-box radio with a N3ZN qrp key (see Homebrew/Photos tabs). Please see the SOTA tab for equipment used on activations.

I generally run 100 watts barefoot unless I'm specifically using a qrp rig made from a kit. I operate almost exclusively on CW, it's just SO enjoyable, after having done a lot of SSB and more digital than I would like (I did spend many months on digital to help those who needed North Dakota on certain modes--but I'm not a fan and no longer try and keep the software up and running--sorry). Contact me at

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Kenwood TS440DXE 43 ft vertical

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I got into radio when I was in Iraq--getting my Humvee's radio loaded with the codes for frequency hopping for the day and calling in the radio check got me thinking about it. Plus out on missions it was efficient and we had a good time communicating on handheld radios. In addition preparedness is highly emphasized in my church. My father-in-law, NØDIA, sent me an older HT to have a couple of years after I returned home. I took the Technician test and passed (I was KE7VFD) in 2008. Then I realized I wanted to have the option to contact the world over and bought the General book to study during free time of our Annual Training exercise. I took and passed the test almost exactlly a month after the Tech test. Being very new, I thought I would get a cooler callsign, so ended up being KE7VSK--hmm, not that different.

I was in graduate school and too busy and too poor to do much. In fact, I never got on the radio as either of those callsigns. A year later, I was graduating and landing my first job. Since I didn't know how far or how often I would have the chance to test, I studied hard to take my Extra test before moving out, without really knowing much at all about amateur radio. When I did, I was quite surprised I passed on the first try. Since I already had my new address in North Dakota (although I tested in Utah), I received ACØPR as my Extra Class callsign in 2009. I bought and got on an HF radio quickly. I thought about a vanity call, but like mine too much as it is (although for some reason operators have a hard time hearing "AC..." on the first try on both SSB and CW). Many have thought that it IS a vanity (for a cop, or copper miner, or being from Puerto Rico, which I'm not), but nope, it's just the one I was assigned.

Besides radio, I have my family; I like to travel a lot (although haven't done a DXpedition ever, but would LOVE to); I hunt, garden and preserve what I grow, am very active in my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and teach Spanish as a profession (which leaves weekends and summers for some of my other activities). I'm out of the Army (9 years served), but my time in is a big part of who I am. My wife, Joan, is now KDØSSQ and my Dad is KC7EC.

Have the need to read something? Here's a write-up of my first year's experience operating.