Michael A. Maynard
Amateur Radio Operator K4ICY Extra Class
Industrial Design • Prototyping
Electronics • Graphic Design
In-House Graphic Designer for
Classic Shirts, Inc. - Quincy, Florida
||I'm 49, I
go by 'Mike,'
and reside in beautiful Tallahassee, Florida, USA
A father to five and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (please
I have nearly 30 years 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 for the retail
market. Logo design and font creation are proficiencies and I
have an exhaustive list of corporate clientele and other notable
figures who have utilized my work.
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.
& DESIGN •
ARCADE GAMES & PINBALL
FICTION • TECHNICAL
TURN OF THE CENTURY
SCI-FI • POETRY
Anderson • William
Clifford D. Simak
Robert W. Service
• H.G. Wells
and on and on...
DRUM & BASS • ELECTRONIC
& CULTURAL • SYMPHONIC • NEW WAVE
PUNK • HARD ROCK • HEAVY
MASHUPS • DJ MIX SETS • INDIE
and MUSICIANS (ever changing)
Animal Collective •
Ayreon • Otava Yo
Beastie Boys •
Iron Maiden •
the Pic for My Homebrew QRP Projects!
|MANGA • ANIME
works and masterpieces of Studio Ghibli
Classics including the Super Dimension Fortress Macross series
[Giant Robot] anime
including, Appleseed, Gundam, Dangaioh, Akira, Gunbuster. Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise
Morse Keys, Vintage
Arcade Cabs and Pins, Vintage
Japanese pocket transistor radios, vintage magazines, periodicals,
inspiration and etc..
Steampunk & Dieselpunk •
Californian hot-rod subculture
Arcade Classics •
Pinball Tables •
CARS & MOTORCYCLES
VW Beetles •
Classics • Customs •
Hot-Rods • Concept
& Futuristic • Triumphs •
RADIO CQ CQ CQ This is
Amateur Radio Operator - Licensed: FCC Extra Class
Member and Former Vice President of the Tallahassee Amateur Radio
Former editor-in-chief of The Printed Circuit - Newsletter of the
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
Straight Key Century
#8600 N. American QRP CW Club NAQCC #6728
International Shortwave Broadcast Radio listening • Pirate Radio
(Shortwave and FM), Clandestine and mystery stations including numbers
AM Broadcast-Band DX'ing • Vintage Radio
Programming (Shows and Music)
HF (CW, QRP low-power, Voice, and Digital) • Kit building:
QRP, QRPp Accessories •
Antenna Building and Deployment •
Contesting & Event Stations •
"Elmering" (Mentoring new hams) • QSL Cards and
ARRL Field Day
Events and Contests •
Jamboree on The Air (JOTA)
Get On The Air events (GOTA) •
finally got my ticket in 2007 after a 23 year wait. I
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.
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.
Collect QSL cards and treasure them - SO FORK 'EM OVER! I am
consequently working on my WAS and DXCC!
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"!
is my primary interest, especially in the kit-building, shortwave
broadcast & HF genres. I also enjoy hunting for obscure low
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.
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 back in the day. 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.
So, would you like to tune in the world?
Read my article here on how to Harvest Your Radio Garden.
Garden [by: Jonathan Puckey]
Just click and drag like in Google Earth, hover over or click on a
green dot to play a station!
You can also download the Radio Garden app [here] to explore on your mobile device.