Mike with his 1966
Plymouth Barracuda FIA-GT race car, and enjoying some Ham Radio
Mike has held these previous calls:
WN6HKP (1974), WA6HKP (1975), and KW6C (1983) while
living in California. When he and Shelley moved from Silicon Valley to
Northern Oregon in July of 2007 he took on the call WA7MR as a temporary
one until he could win one of the 7th area 1X2 call sign lotteries. Mike was
finally assigned W7VO in August of 2008.
the original history of the W7VO call sign here.
Mike and Shelley also hosted station K6O for the
Radio Team Championship, with Trey,
WN4KKN, (now W5KO), and Tree, N6TR, as guest operators, and Pat Bacon,
(now W7UA) as
Mike is the current VP for the Columbia River DX
Club (AA7CR), and
President for the of the Willamette Valley DX Club He is a past member of Northern
California Contest Club and the
Northern California DX Club, and past
President of the Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club (1981).
1977-1979, Mike was the ARRL Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Santa Cruz County,
CA, and is currently an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for Columbia
County, OR. He has been a Life Member of the
ARRL since 1976.
Early Days: Mike
has had a keen interest in
in electronics since age 9, when he was dismantling everything electronic or
could find, building crystal radio kits, and using the 4.5 MHz local oscillator from an old 1937 Zenith short wave radio to
completely white screen his grandparent's
TV whenever he was in trouble and sent to his room. Luckily, they never
discovered what was causing the interference that wiped out the TV in the middle of their Saturday LA
Dodgers baseball games!
Introduced into ham radio as a late teenager by long time friends Jeff Glassman,
WA6ENI, and Michael Goldberg, WB6DPG, Mike was given his Novice test in 1974 by
mentor Mike DeWey, WB6VSE,
K5VSE). After earning his Technician, then Advanced Class licenses, he obtained his Extra Class in 1983 thanks to the
shameless dogging of his good friend Lloyd Cabral, AA6T, (now
KH6LC), who encouraged him
to get his code skills up.
His first HF rigs were the
Hammarlund HQ-170C receiver and Hallicrafters HT-37 transmitter. Boat anchors,
both then and now!
Mike also holds a Commercial
General Radiotelephone license from when he worked at ham/CB gear manufacturer SBE in
Watsonville, CA in the mid 1970's. He currently telecommutes to his job for a Silicon Valley, CA
high tech company.
Mike can usually be found at the
microphone or key during many of the major contests throughout the year. His
favorite is the
QSO Party (7QP), which is held the first
weekend of May each year.
It is his one opportunity to be considered "DX", operating from rare Columbia
County, OR. Mike is also is registered as an ARES member and Oregon Office of
Emergency Services (OES) volunteer.
Mike enjoys include racing a modified 1966 Plymouth Barracuda S in west coast
vintage road races and enjoying his small collection of vintage motorcycles and
cars. More information on his vintage racing hobby can be found at his racing
Shelley is a retired Critical Care Lifeflight / Emergency
and ham since 1979 when she received her first novice call as KA6IAJ,
before Mike and Shelley were married. She
upgraded to Technician Class and received N6DUI shortly afterwords.
She had studied all on her own for the test without Mike knowing it, went to the
FCC office by herself, and surprised Mike with the new license!
Shelley at the microphone during ARRL
Sweepstakes, Nov 2009
Shelley changed her call to N7DUI when we moved from 6 land to Oregon in July of 2007. When Mike received the W7VO callsign in August of 2008 she changed her call to
all, she is the "X"YL of W7VO! Shelley recently did the free pass "Technician Class
Grandfather" upgrade and is now a full General Class licensee, helping out
during contest weekends.
Active in ARES and our local Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) when we lived in Mountain View, she is currently a
member of the Columbia River DX Club and is registered as
an ARES member and Oregon Office of Emergency Services (OES) volunteer.
Since she retired from the Nursing profession in 2006,
most of her time is now fully consumed with her expansive vegetable garden,
two horses, cat, dog, and five chickens. (Talk about QRM!)
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