While the theme of this blog is QRP the folks who do QRP only may be missing out on some of the radio fun. One example: Twenty-five years ago Pitcairn Island was on the air. I didn’t have enough power, nor did I have the antenna and I – Scott/N7NET – missed a golden opportunity to hang the QSL card sent by Fletcher Christensen’s granddaughter.

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This page is devoted to Mike/KI8R.

I have been blessed to be involved continuously in the Amateur Radio hobby for the last 35 plus years.  I was originally licensed at 16 years old.  Soon after receiving my license, I purchased a Kenwood TS-830S, and the rest was history.

I enjoy CW, Contesting, Chasing DX and an even a little QRP from time to time.  Occasionally I will turn on the local DSTAR repeater or fire up the PSK 31 interface.  While I enjoy chasing DX and adding to my country total, my first love is CW.

I am married and am the father of four boys.  I live near Lancaster Ohio with my wife Kristen (KA8YCO).

We live on 3 acres of antenna nirvana.  No antenna restrictions.

In the past I have been involved in the administrative part of the hobby as Vice President of the Columbus Amateur Radio Association and Vice President as well as President of the Capitol City Repeater Association.

While my family keeps me busy, I still find time to get on the air several of times a week, either from the Van or from the shack.

Please feel free to give me a call if you hear me on the air.


Mike has posted a host of photos at http://www.ki8r.com showing the progressive build of his KX3.


I’m taking the KX3 to St Lucia next month. I’ll have a new post with lots of pics when I get back.
Also just ordered the matching amp for the KX3. Will probably do a page for that build as well.

73, Mike