Hi! I'm a 65 year old mother of one son, and the wife of a very busy Otolaryngologist. I live on a 33ac Hobby farm with a frequently changing number of Alaskan Huskies, and many cats. I am an Occupational Therapist by education, and worked for 17 years in spine rehabilitation and with swallowing disorders. I have raced sled dogs since 2002, thanks to my son who got us started with them 14 years ago. Spring '09 I ran the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. I broke my sled 8 miles out of Finger Lake and my race ended at Rainy Pass. I worked communications in '10 and was wishing I was on the trail.The decision was made summer '10 to close our Sled Dog kennel after 14 years of fun. I will always love SLED DOGS AND MUSHING, but it has just become to hard to keep it all going. I guess I am ageing.
I became interested in HAM Radio when I volunteered for Iditarod in communications on '06. I have continued to be involved with Iditarod communications and was excited to be at Eagle Island in March '11. This year I was in the village of Nenanna, Unalakleet and Safety and just loved it. I now can not imagine life without amateur radio in it. I received my vanity call sign K9DIG in '08. If you can't tell, I love dogs. My previous call was KC0YXB.
I am now running a FT2000D when on SSB. I also now have a digital station using my Icom 746 Pro. I also have a K3 that I built. I am working on CW and and the K3 is dedicated to that. I have a 45' tower with a Mosley Pro 57A Yaggi, a 2 meter Yaggi, a 6 meter Yaggi, and a 40-80 trap dipole home brew. On my second tower I have a 160 Carolina Windom. It is about 90' in the air supported at the top of the tower on a fiberglass pole. Most of the time I am using the Mosley 57A. I have a Ameritron Al 82 Amplifier. I use LoTW, Dog Sled, Bureau or Direct.
I am a member of the YL System #16336 and a TFO of 503, OMISS # 7174, 10-10 # 76082, PODX 070 # 2070, ARRL and FORX ARC. I am the coordinator for the South Middle School HAM club.
I have a Cayman Island Call ZF2NY. My husband and I had a wonderful tril in May'14 and plan to visit again sometime soon.
I was lucky to be included in a DXpedition to GTMO in February '15. My call was KG4YL.
I am pleased to be included in the first DXpedition of US Stations to Havana, Cuba October 21-28 using call T42US.
I am the SEC for North Dakota, and a control operator for the YL System.
I have written a book,Nigel's Choice My Iditarod Adventure. It is geared toward 4th and 5th grade readers. If interested you can find it at reachfortheskypub.com, amazon.com, barnesandnobel.com
My second book Mike Races Again Resilience Overcomes Injury is now available at the same locations.
Thanks for the looking me up!