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 Mark and Paula Persons
10032 Island Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401

"Hamming it up"



GPS: 46 degrees 19.859 minutes north, 94 degrees 12.991 minutes west
Grid Square:  EN26VH


Paula W0HA and Mark W0MH in the ham shack.  Mark was the 1997-2000 President of the Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club.  Paula was the first lady.  Both are ARRL members and Certified Volunteer Examiners.  Mark is member #36456 of the QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association).     

The rig is an ICOM IC-751 160 through 10 meter transceiver.  Used with it is an Amp LA-1000A Amplifier for 160 through 10-meters.  Output is typically 400 watts PEP.  Antennas include a G5RV dipole, which is just over 200 feet in length.  It G5RV works well from 160 through 20 meters.  We also have a Cushcraft R-5 vertical which covers the 20 through 10 meter bands.  In addition, there are a vertical 40-meter loop and a vertical 20-meter loop.  Added in fall 2012 was a 20 meter inverted V antenna at 65 feet (1 wavelength) above the ground.

Contacts have been made to all parts of the globe including England, Russia, Australia and Peter 1 Island in Antarctica.

Click here for a WMH CW CQ     Click here to see the QSL Card

Paula W0HA is sometimes found on amateur radio.  Here she is seen making a contact with W1AW, the ARRL station in Newington, Connecticut, on 20 meters.

She is an extra class ham after passing a 20 word per minute Morse Code exam. 

Note the ON-AIR sign in the equipment rack.  


Josie the cat SK (1999 to 2015) is seen here operating 20 meter CW while lying on an issue of QST Magazine.  She had very sharp ears and could hear dits and dahs very well.  Barepaw (no linear amplifier) with 100 watts worked just fine for her.  Josie was a straight-key operator and did better on CW than phone because most hams didn't understand her meows.  Her call sign was

Paula helped keep the log while Josie was busy on the air.

THE AMATEURS CODE by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)  The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE..... never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL..... offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE..... with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.

FRIENDLY..... with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED..... Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC..... with station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

Questions?  Email Mark Persons:  teki@mwpersons.com        

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