Episode 432 – Mark Persons – W0MH


Mark Persons, W0MH, was a recent speaker at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo where he presented “How to build a Broadcast Engineer’s Version of a HF Amateur Radio Station, detailing his home ham radio shack installation meeting broadcast standards.  Broadcast radio ran in Mark’s family,  and he spent a long and successful career as a broadcast engineer, contributing tens of articles to professional and amateur radio publications, and is the consummate radio mentor, volunteer and ham radio elmer. W0MH is my QSO Today. ​



The total amounts contributed as sponsorships and/or donations since Episode 1 in July 2014 are listed below, and only those who agreed to be publicly recognized. This list does not include “Buy Me A Coffee” donations.




How to Build A Broadcast Engineer’s Version of an HF Amateur Radio Station, presented at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, September 2022

Mark’s Website

Father:  Charles B. Persons W0LOJ (SK)
XYL: Paula Persons, W0HA
First Receiver: Heathkit AR3
First License: Age 15, Novice, 1962, WN0AXD

Novice Rig:
Johnson Viking 1 Transmitter
Hammurland Superpro Receiver

2018 Engineer of the Year Award Lifetime Achievement Award

Current Rig: 
Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver
Ameritron AL80B Amplifier
80 Meter Dipole Antenna
20 Meter Inverted V Antenna
Cushcraft R5 Vertical Antenna

Favorite Operating Mode:  SSB

WELY Radio, Ely Minnesota
WEBC, Duluth
Heathkit CR1 Crystal Radio
Ohm’s Law
Plate Voltage
TVI – TV Interference
KVBR – Brainerd Minnesota
First Class FCC License
Radar Endorsement
Vietnam War
US Army Signal Corp
OV1 Mohawk Airplane
Radio Broadcast Engineer
FCC – Federal Communications Commission
Directional AM Station
Cleveland Institute of Electronics
Society of Broadcast Engineers
SBE Mentor/Mentee Training Program
AM Stereo Broadcasting
CQ Magazine
QST Magazine
FM Translator
QCWA – Quarter Century Wireless Association 
Special Event Stations
K5A Special Event Station- Last Lunar Landing
Mark Brasche W1MM
N1KSC – Kennedy Space Center
Orion Space Mission 
Maker Movement

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: bringing new people into the hobby. 

Excited most by: love camaraderie, talking to other people, and special events. 

Advice to new or returning hams:  Do something in the hobby. Find a tube transmitter, learn how it works, and how to use an oscilloscope.

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W0MH Shack Picture

W0MH Test Bench

Restored HF Gonset Twins

Field Strength Readings

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