On The Cover: April 2008

Michael Bayern, W2CVZ

On the Cover


If you go to next month's Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) National Championships in Texas (see page 24), you'll probably run into 12-year-old Michael Bayern, W2CVZ, of Houston. He's planning to be there as a competitor. Michael, who holds a General Class license and has been a ham since he was 9, enjoys foxhunting (another name for Amateur Radio Direction Finding), high-altitude balloon launches and just about any other aspect of ham radio that lets him build things. He discovered foxhunting about a year after he was licensed, first competing in the 2005 Texas ARDF Championships. In the photo on our cover, Michael is using a home-built tape-measure Yagi and a VK3YNG Foxhunt Sniffer, a specially-designed 2-meter direction-finding receiver from Australia.

Michael is part of a ham family, but not in the traditional sense. His father, Mark, is an electrical engineer and had been a ham -- inspired by his grandfather (more on him in a moment) -- but let his license lapse. Michael grew up around electronics and when he was eight, discovered one of those ham radio novels for kids. After reading it, he decided he wanted his license, and both he and Mark took their exams at the same time (Mark is now AD5SS). Mom Laurie, feeling left out, soon became K5LAB. But it was Michael who brought ham radio back into the Bayern household and made it a family activity (see "Saving the Hobby for KG7HF" in this issue for a similar story). Now, about his callsign -- W2CVZ was originally held by Craven Crawford, of Liverpool, New York (now a Silent Key), Mark's grandfather and Michael's great-grandfather. "I always wanted that call," Mark reflected, "and what did I do when I was finally in a position to get it? I gave it to my son." (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)

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