I work as a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota so my call is a vanity call! I am the second physician to hold it. I did not know the first ham who had it but he has a wonderful reputation as several hams have stopped by on the air for chats to tell me about him. His name was Dr. Paul Uhlig and he is described as a "ham who had a deep respect for each person as an individual, no matter what their station in life othewise. He genuinely respected people, and that of course was a large reason for the deep affection and respect that was shown to him." I thank his son Dr. Paul Uhlig for sharing about his late father with me. Callsigns have legacies just like names and K0MD is certainly one of those. I hope my patients and friends will say the same of me as was said of the late Dr. Uhllig.
I have been licensed since 1977, first holding the call WD4HAD. I really enjoyed ham radio as a teenager living in the Appalachian mountains. It connected me to the world. My first station was a Heathkit HW 101, later upgraded to a Drake B line. I worked to earn money to install a tower and triband Yagi. Dxing was my interest from the earliest days.
I moved to Rochester, Minnesota in June 1989 and changed to KFØFW, then AAØPS. I briefly lived in Kentucky for most of 1997 and had the call WK4W. I changed to KØMD in March 1998 and have held this call longer than any other previous callsign.
I was not so active in our hobby from 1998-2006 but did manage to have a tower and Yagi to allow intermittent Dxing. We moved to the current QTH in 2003. It has 5 acres and enough room for a small antenna farm.
I am married and have four children. Three of our children are hams, KØAEW, KØKEW and WØSMW.
My lovely wife is not a ham - she reasons someone in the home should remain sane and free of influence from the ads in QST and CQ. Our fourth child can operate the rig but he is not old enough to take the exams yet.