Michael was first licensed in 1989, while he was in High School, as Novice licensee KB0FCY. He obtained his Extra class license WZ0C within the next few months. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was active with the campus ham radio clubs W1MX and W1XM. Later, he worked at Stratus Technologies with a number of other hams and became active with the Minuteman Repeater Association, in which he served as a club officer. Michael also holds a General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) with Ship Radar Endorsement (commercial license under Part 13), as well as a GMRS license (Part 95E).
Originally from the Midwest, Michael’s first job was in commercial radio, as an on-air personality, and TV, as a cameraman, for stations KDAO and KGCI. Michael has lived most of his life in the Boston area. His professional career is in Cybersecurity, and he lives in Maynard, MA.
Michael enjoys many aspects of ham radio. He serves as regular Net Control Station for several nets and is very active in the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS), where he is an Assistant Section Traffic Manager for the Eastern Massachusetts section. Along with Jon N1ILZ, he started the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Digital Net (MARIDN) in December 2022, a Section level NTS net utilizing the NBEMS modes. Michael enjoys experimenting with digital modes and operates a Bulletin Board System (BBS) with ports on 2m, 6m, and the AMPRnet. He envisions a contiguous New England digital RF network built on AREDN, packet radio, and other digital technologies. Michael also participates in ARES and public service events, activates and hunts in Parks on the Air (POTA), and enjoys fox hunting (Radio Orienteering).