Episode 316 – Michael Walker – VA3MW

Michael Walker, VA3MW, joins me from the Canadian State of Ontario where he started his ham radio journey. Getting into ham radio as a kid, Michael’s interest in amateur radio and technology led him through a technical career.  He  is now widely known as FlexRadio’s inside sales person, and he is a frequent guest host on the Ham Radio Workbench Podcast.  VA3MW is my QSO Today.

Hometown: Northbay, Ontario, Canada
High School: Chippewa High School
Mentor: Klaus Rung “Karl” VE3KR

First Callsign: 1974. VE3HQW, Basic 

First Rig: 
Heathkit HR10B Transmitter
Heathkit DX40 Receiver

Current Rig: 
FlexRadio Flex 6600 Remote 
FlexRadio PGXL Linear Amplifier
60 Meter FT8 Contact
FlexRadio Flex 6600M
Ham Radio Deluxe Client Server Mode
Remote Rig Remote Control
Kenwood TS-480 HF Transceiver

Boy Scouts of Canada
Ampex Tape Recorder
The “AV” Club
Northbay Amateur Radio Club
Morse Code
Industry Canada Office – in charge of amateur radio in canada
Canada 10 Meter Amateur Radio License Endorsement
Aircraft Electronics Technician
The difference between University and College in Canada
IBM Canada
NORAD Northbay, Ont
Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado
Motorola 68HC11 Microprocessor
Iparn System- Link via satellite 
Atlantic Ham Radio Store, Toronto
CQ Worldwide Contest
40 Meter Beam Antenna
CAT RIG Control 
Kenwood TS-690 HF Transceiver
CT Contact Logging Software DOS
K1TTT Logging Software Driver
144.39 MHz Packet Radio, Toronto
Microsoft Windows 95
Amateur Radio Packet Clusters
N1MM Software
DXCC Contest
Software Defined Radio
FlexRadio Flex 3000
FPGA – Field Programmable Gate Array
Icom IC-756Pro HF Transceiver
RTL SDR Dongle
SDR -Software Defined Radio
Waterfall Display for Band Awareness
RHR – Remote Ham Radio
FlexRadio Maestro

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: Average age of Canadian hams increasing.  

Advice to new or returning hams:  Ask Questions, get involved, find an Elmer or mentor.  Don’t forget to try something new. 

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Heathkit DX-40 Transmitter
Heathkit HR-10B Receiver
FlexRadio Flex 6600M HF Transceiver
Kenwood TS-480 HF Mobile

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