Michael A. Maynard


Amateur Radio Operator K4ICY  Extra Class

Designer  2D / 3D
In-House T-Shirt Designer for
Classic Shirts, Inc. - Quincy, Florida


Newsletter Editor Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society

Vintage Arcade & Pinball Enthusiast


email:  MikeK4ICY@gmail.com

Mike Maynard, K4ICY
Ham Radio is Cool! I'm 45, I go by 'Mike,' and reside in beautiful Tallahassee, Florida, USA (QTH.)

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (please visit Mormon.org)  and a father to five.

I have nearly a quarter century of graphic design experience and am currently employed by Classic Shirts, Inc. in Quincy, FL.  as the in-house artist specializing in garment imprint design and separations for the retail market.  Logo design and font creation are proficiencies and
have an exhaustive list of corporate clientele and political figures that have utilized my work.

SEE MY PORTFOLIO...

My career goal is to become an industrial designer.

Radio is my avocation.  I edit the newsletter for the local radio club, TARS and enjoy Morse code communications and building custom gear.




INTERESTS

ART & DESIGN    RADIO    ELECTRONICS

BOOKS    MUSIC
   ARCADES    PINBALL

FLORIDA STATE THE ATLANTA BRAVES
Pneumatic Antenna Launcher
3D Industrial Design - MoI3D Tutorials LITERARY TYPES

FICTION TECHNICAL
TURN OF THE CENTURY
SCI-FI POETRY


AUTHORS

Jean Shepherd (raconteur)
Lauri Anderson  William S. Burroughs
Clifford D. Simak
 Douglas Adams
Robert W. Service
Jack Kerouac Robert Frost
and on and on...


MUSIC TYPES

HOUSE DRUM & BASS HARD ROCK HEAVY METAL WORLD MUSIC & CULTURAL SYMPHONIC
VINTAGE PUNK 50's DOO-WOP SURFER
ELECTRONIC  MASHUPS DJ MIX SETS


BANDS and MUSICIANS (ever changing)

Animal Collective Ayreon Porter Robinson
Beastie Boys Iron Maiden Janelle Monae
AC/DC
Pink Floyd • And more...
CW / Morse Code
K4ICY SW+40 CW 40m QRP Rig
Click the Pic for My Homebrew QRP Projects!
MANGA ANIME
The works and masterpieces of Studio Ghibli
Classics such as the Super Dimension Fortress Macross series
1980's [Giant Robot] anime including, Appleseed, Gundam, Dangaioh, Akira, Gunbuster

COLLECTING
Vintage Arcade Cabs and Pins, Vintage Japanese pocket transistor radios, vintage magazines, periodicals, design inspiration and fonts

ART CULTURE
1950'S "Googie" Steampunk & Dieselpunk Californian hot-rod subculture

ARCADES
Vintage Arcade Classics and Pinball Tables


CARS
Vintage VW Beetles Classics Customs Hot-Rods Concept & Futuristic

FOOD
French Chinese Seafood... about anything.  

       
   RADIO  CQ CQ CQ This is Kilo-Four-India-Charlie-Yankie!
 

CREDENTIALS

Amateur Radio Operator - Licensed: FCC Extra Class

Member and Former Vice President of the Tallahasse Amateur Radio Society (TARS)
Former editor-in-chief of The Printed Circuit - Newsletter of the Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society
Coordinator/Chairman for the TARS annual TARS/ARRL Field Day event (2009 - 2013)
"New Ham of the Year Award 2009" - from AE4S Repeater Group
"29th Annual - TARS and Feathers Award 2012" - major award from TARS

Straight Key Century Club SKCC #8600   N. American QRP CW Club NAQCC #6728



GENERAL RADIO INTERESTS

International Shortwave Broadcast Radio listening    Pirate Radio (Shortwave and FM), Clandestine and mystery stations including numbers broadcasts.    AM Broadcast-Band DX'ing    Vintage Radio Programming (Shows and Music)


AMATEUR RADIO INTERESTS

HF (CW, QRP low-power, Voice, and Digital)    Kit building: QRP, QRPp, Accessory    Antenna Building and Deployment
Contesting & Event Stations (Casual - non-competitive)    "Elmering" (Mentoring new hams)    QSL Cards and Awards


ACTIVITIES

DX'ing    ARRL Field Day
   Special Events and Contests    Jamboree on The Air (JOTA)
Get On The Air events (GOTA)





MY HAM RADIO STORY

I finally got my ticket in 2007 after a 23 year wait.  I realized my pursuit after reading a library book on "Ham Radio" (which I stole.)
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've always got my hands into one radio-club activity or another, from editing the newsletter to coordinating an event.  I'm in the slow process of building up my EmComm preparedness with further training, as well as perfecting my "Jump Kit."  Also, the very slow process of learning to copy and send CW - I'm up to 15 words per minute head-copy.  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"!

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 radios.

I was re-introduced to this great hobby through my association with pirate radio because of the enabling of a very kind fellow that handled my mail-drop activities.  I'll plead the "5th" if questioned (statute of limitations and all that...) but finally, let's 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.

And I hope to enjoy many more years of it all!


73, DE Mike Maynard, K4ICY

MikeK4ICY@gmail.com






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