Electronics Circuits you can build
as presented in The Printed Circuit
Newsletter of the Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society
My new SW+40
QRP CW Rig
Ball Launcher - Antenna Deployment
Artwork and Design of Mike Maynard
MoI is an easy to learn
and use 3D modeler
(Shown here at Don
W4DSW's station -
Not mine, but don't it look
• Graphic Designer
(Budding Industrial Designer)
• Amateur Extra
• 3D Modeler •
Editor of The Printed Circuit (TARS Newsletter)
ARES Assistant EC (Operations)
- Leon Co., FL
- Member # 8600
Member - American Radio Relay League
To contact Mike, K4ICY:
Or visit the QRZ
site for other details...
out my STATION
(with other events) and PORTFOLIO
40-something with my wife of two decades; Heidi and five kids; two boys
and three girls.
I currently reside (QTH) in beautiful Tallahassee, Florida - in the USA.
Member of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have held
callings in the Primary, Sunday School and Cub Scouts programs. I
invite you to visit Mormon.org
A Graphic Designer and
Artist by trade with two decades+ of experience.
I'm employed by
Classic Shirts, Inc. in Quincy, FL as the in-house artist specializing
in garment imprint design and separations for the retail market.
design and 3-D solid modeling are also proficiencies, as well as traditional sketching and inking.
Career Goal: TO BECOME AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
Main applications of proficiency: CorelDRAW!, Adobe Photoshop, and Moment of
My focus is with digital applications but I can also pencil sketch and illustrate with
pen and ink. (Speedball)
Good emphasis on thumbnail concept sketching, layout and composition.
I have an exhaustive list of corporate clientèle and political figures
that have utilized my work:
For my resume and portfolio, please see the PORTFOLIO section of my
Radio is my avocation - See
my Radio bio below...
Hobbies: Radio, Art and
My favorite sport is baseball - life-long fan of the Atlanta Braves.
MUSIC - Hard Rock & Heavy Metal of the 70's - 90's, Vintage
Punk, 50's DooWop, Electronic (House, Drum & Bass, etc.), World
Music (Bhangra/Desi, Japanese, Modern African, etc...)
Music Groups: Animal Collective, Justice, Foster The People
Collecting: Vintage Japanese Pocket Transistor Radios, Vintage Military
Radios, Vintage magazines, & Morse Code (CW) Keys/Paddles
I enjoy Japanese Anime & Manga particularly the works of Studio
Ghibli, and old favorites like Macross.
Art Culture Favs: Steampunk, Dieselpunk,
Hot-Rod Subculture .
Favorite cars: Vintage VW Beetles, classics and hot-rods. Lots of
chrome and shiny paint.
My favorite foods: seafood, Chinese and French.
And politically, I consider myself an independent - Patriotic yet
Literary / Vocalist
Favorites: Jean Shepherd, Lauri
Anderson, William S. Burroughs, & "Alan Maxwell of KIPM", Jack
Kerouac, Robert W. Service
You can hear a 24/7 stream of Jean Shepherd's vintage radio shows here at Insomia Theater Radio:
Amateur Radio (or "Ham Radio") Operator -
Licensed: FCC Extra Class
ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) Assistant
Emergency Coordinator (for Operations) - Leon County, FL
- Amateur Radio Emergency Course (EmComm) Level 1
- DHS - FEMA Incident Command System - IS-100a,
IS-200a, IS-700a, IS-800b & IS-802
Member or the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Member of the Tallahasse Amateur Radio Society (TARS)
- Vice President (2011-2013)
- Editor of The Printed Circuit - Newsletter of the Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society
- Coordinator for the TARS/ARRL Field Day event (2009-Present-Future...)
"NEW HAM OF THE YEAR AWARD 2009"
- from TARS/AE4S Repeater Group
"29th Annual - TARS and FEATHERS AWARD 2012" - major award from the Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society
Member of the Straight Key Century Club (#8600)
General Radio Interests:
International Shortwave Broadcast Radio
Pirate (Shortwave and FM), Clandestine and mystery
stations including numbers broadcasts.
Collecting Japanese Pocket Transistor Radios from
the 50's & 60's
Vintage Radio Programming (Shows and Music)
Ham Radio Interests:
HF (CW, Voice)
Kit building: QRP, QRPp, Accessory
Antenna Building and Deployment
Contesting & Event Stations (Casual -
"Elmering" (Mentoring new hams)
QSL Cards and Awards
EmComm (Emergency Communications)
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
DX'ing, Contesting and Event Stations.
My Radio Story:
I finally got my ticket in 2007 after a 23
year wait. I've been into radio since I was a young child. My late
father repaired televisions for a living so I had a ready supply of
parts and knowledge, learning to read from the vintage GL/TAB
electronics books from the '60's.
My grandmother gave me my first shortwave
receiver. With that, and a Radio Shack 50-in-1, radio has been in my
blood every since.
I'm ever working on my EmComm preparedness
with further training. (GROL) certification is not out of the question.
Also, the very slow process of learning to
copy and send CW. I have an interest in QRP (low power communications)
and kit building.
I Collect QSL cards and treasure them - SO
FORK 'EM OVER! I am consequently working on my WAS and DXCC!
On this site I'll post pics and other interesting stuff from my
projects and hope to be of help to other newer hams like myself. I can
answer a myriad of ham radio questions - feel free to EMAIL
ME. WE ARE ALL "ELMERS"!
I have a lovely wife of two decades and five
youngins. I've served as a Cub Scouts den leader and have been a
teacher of many a Sunday school class in my time. My greatest talent is
graphic design as you can see. And I love to collect things that are
visually interesting. I love vintage Volkswagen Beetles and happen to
own a beat-up 73 standard.
I collect music albums and enjoy my hand at creative audio production.
Radio is my primary interest, especially in the kit-buidling, shortwave
broadcast & HF genres. I also enjoy hunting for obscure low
power shortwave broadcasters, strange clandestine signals and
monitoring the extremely enjoyable shortwave pirate radio broadcasters
on 41 meters. I also (attempt) repair and restoration of old rigs and
Finally, lets just say that I am now an active
member of the ham radio community. Legally licensed, law abiding, and
potentially a valuable resource to my community in times of emergency.
This, because of the enabling of a very kind fellow that used to handle
my mail drop activities.
...I may have dabbled in a little pirate radio
before I was a ham - but I will plead the 5th. ;-)