Michael A. Maynard


Amateur Radio Operator K4ICY Extra Class

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


Inventor  Vintage Arcade & Pinball Enthusiast
Motorcyclist

email:  MikeK4ICY@gmail.com

Mike Maynard, K4ICY
Ham Radio is Cool! I'm 48, I go by 'Mike,' and reside in Lynn Haven, Florida, USA (in the Panama City area.)

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

I have over 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
I have an exhaustive list of corporate clientele and other notable figures that have utilized my work.

SEE MY PORTFOLIO...

My future career goals are directed towards industrial design and electrical engineering.

Radio is my avocation.  I enjoy Morse code (CW) communications , building custom gear, SWL'ing and Field Day.  I love all things technical and continually seek to learn new things.



INTERESTS

ART & DESIGN    RADIO    ELECTRONICS

BOOKS    MUSIC
   ARCADES & PINBALL

MOTORCYCLES


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
H.G. Wells
Jack Kerouac Robert Frost
and on and on...


MUSIC TYPES

HOUSE TECHNO DRUM & BASS ELECTRONIC
WORLD MUSIC & CULTURAL
SYMPHONIC
VINTAGE PUNK  HARD ROCK HEAVY METAL
MASHUPS DJ MIX SETS • INDIE


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 including the Super Dimension Fortress Macross series
1980's [Giant Robot] anime including, Appleseed, Gundam, Dangaioh, Akira, Gunbuster.  Royal Space Force: The Wings of HonnÍamise

COLLECTING
Morse Keys, Vintage Arcade Cabs and Pins, Vintage Japanese pocket transistor radios, vintage magazines, periodicals, design inspiration and etc..

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

ARCADES
Vintage Arcade Classics
  Pinball Tables  MAME Cabinets

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

FOOD
I'm Vegetarian...  French • Chinese • and about anything else.  

       
   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 Recipient, 2009 - from the AE4S Repeater Group
29th Annual "TARS and Feathers" Award Recipient, 2012 - prestigious recognition 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 Accessories    SDR!

Antenna Building and Deployment
   Contesting & Event Stations    "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)
   Ham Fests!





MY HAM RADIO STORY

I finally got my ticket in 2007 after a 23 year wait.  I realized my pursuit as a kid after reading a library book on "Ham Radio" (which I stole,) and 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 newsletters to coordinating events.  I've even dabbled in emcomm. Also, I'm continually in the very slow process of learning to copy and send CW at faster speeds - I'm up to 15-20 words per minute head-copy without writing but can sometimes copy words at twice that.  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-building, 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. Yes, you read that correct! I was a radio pirate op back in the day and 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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