This is a picture of my QSL card; photo on the front of my card shows God's miracle of creation, which never ceases to amaze me. Every summer, spiders build their webs on top of the zinnia flowers in my garden. Insects that are attracted to the nectar in the flowers are no match for this ingenious trap. I look forward to sending you my QSL card and hope you enjoy the beauty!
My QSL Policy
QSLing is an integral part of ham radio. As an avid award chaser, I QSL a lot via LoTW and QSL cards. I want to have at least one QSL card per DX entity - after that, I prefer confirmations via LoTW to fill out the band slots or modes.
Jesus is Lord of my life - although I fail miserably on a daily basis, I continually ask the Good Lord to assist me in my daily journey of picking up the cross and following Him. The highlight of each and every day is going to daily Mass. Jesus, I trust in You!
Doing some antenna work on top of the 80 foot Rohn tower.
Working Japan at sunset - beam heading 320 degrees.
View of the back yard from the top of the tower at sunset.
My modest station.
CQWW CW 2012 contesting from the war room - the way it was meant to be - operating from the block house at a mean temperature of around 50 degrees F (requires stocking hat and jacket to keep warm) - gloves get in the way of working the code keyer.
I keep asking myself why I continue to live here in the tundra - just another day in winter.
QSL card HELL!!!! Filling out over 2000 cards going out to the buro. How many cards does a guy really need. May I recommend using LoTW?
A couple of nice shots of my antenna array - the tower is an 80 foot Rohn 45G and the antenna stack includes Hy-gain 14 el on 2 meters, OptiBeam OB2-40 on 40 meters, M2 5 el on 6 meters, and a Hygain TH11DX for 20 - 10 meters. I also have a full wave loop for 30 meters and inverted vees for 80 meters and 160 meters. The picture on the left is during autumn. The picture on the right is a nighttime shot of a full moon illuminating the tower.
Mission accomplished! I set out to conquer 5BDXCC, 300 countries on DXCC, and 2000 band countries on DXCC Challenge - all in less than 24 months.
Putting the top section on the tower. I built the antenna stack, mast, and top section on the ground and hoisted it into place with a crane. Although I'm not terribly fond of being up that high, I was glad to get the project completed.
The KBØEO antenna stack and tower survived a brutal 75 mph sustained wind storm in November 2010 - I took a brief video of the antennas - everything took the pounding and survived fine.
This is why I love 10 meters - check out this great video my friend Enrico IW3FZQ made of our recent QSO on 10 meters -he is using awalkie-talkie with 1 watt - QSO between Minnesota and Italy!
Fishing for the elusive rainbow trout on one of Minnesota's Lake Superior tributaries.
Setting up camp at our 30-acre wilderness site near Lake Superior (Duluth, MN).
Target practicing in the back yard with a Sig Sauer P6 9mm.
Getting a little pheasant action in the "back yard".
I also do a little bluegrass picking in my spare time - I play the 5 string banjo and guitar. This is a photo of a band I used to play with - we are playing "Man Of Constant Sorrow" at the Minnesota State Fair in front of a couple thousand people (that's me with the banjo).
Yes, I am a hacker. Golf is a game that is best enjoyed while consuming some adult beverages.
A Todos Mis Amigos Que Hablan Español
Trato de aprender español. Espero practicar mi español contigo. Por favor ténganme paciencia ya que mi español no es muy bueno todavía. Por favor ayúdame a aprender nuevas palabras y frases. Muchas gracias y que Dios los bendiga.
An meine Deutsch sprechenden Freunde
Vor einigen Jahren habe ich am College die Deutsche Sprache studiert. Unglücklicherweise habe ich einen grossen Teil davon vergessen. Nun versuche ichmeine Sprachkenntnisse sowohl in Deutsch als auch in Spanisch zu verbessern. Ich hoffe dabei sehr, die QSO in verständlichem Deutschabwickeln zu können und freue mich über jede damit verbundene Hilfe.
DX Code Of Conduct
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