Well, the cover picture should indicate I ride sleds in the winter. I have been a avid snowmobile rider since 2003. I volunteer on the Yakima County Grooming Council and have served as chairman since 2016. I am a member of the State association (WSSA) as well as the local club, The Yakima Ski-Benders.
Jeeping is another activity I enjoy. Getting out in the hills and seeing nature is relaxing. I have a 2006 Wrangler with modest aftermarket equipment.
Amateur Radio however is hobby number one. My bio from qrz.com is below.
Mark was licensed in 1989 as KB7HDX.
He is a member of the following clubs and groups: Yakima County Radio Amateurs (founding member), Eastern Washington Amateur Radio Group, Western Washington DX club, Pacific NW VHF Society (charter member), AMSAT, and a life member of QCWA.
Over the years he has served in the ARRL field services volunteer positions of AEC, EC, OO, OOC, and fifteen years as Section Manager for the Eastern Washington Section. Mark also served as an AD for Director Brown NM7N (SK) and Director Milnes W7OZ (SK).
On January 1st 2022 Mark started his second term in the elected position of Vice Director for the ARRL Northwestern Division.
He is an active Volunteer Examiner and Registered instructor.
DXCC Phone #42,693 (current country count 203, mixed), DXCC-10, DXCC-15, DXCC-20, DXCC-Challange 550.
5BWAS #3829 WAS-SSB #57,999, WAS-RTTY #1234 and WAS-DIGITAL #3359 with an FT8 endorsement.
Mark has operated as W1AW/7 and NU1AW/7 from his home station and has guest operated at W1AW, WX7P(SK), W7DX, WA7LT(SK), and K7SDX.
He is involved with Yakima County (WA) Search and Rescue serving as a communication technician and participates in 4x4 and snowmobile searches. Mark is also a member of the Washington State Snowmobile Association and the Yakima Ski-Benders snowmobile club as well as serving on the Yakima snowmobile grooming council.
Yakima SAR owns a number of amateur repeaters and along with helping to maintain them, he is trustee for the license WA7SAR. He also maintain a portion of the Eastern Washington packet network, three APRS nodes, a DMR repeater, and the amateur stations in the Yakima County EMD, and Search and Rescue offices. .