Thanks for looking up my callsign. I've been a ham since early high school in 1992. I grew up in north western North Dakota, also known by my elmers as the "western edge of civilization". Time marched on and attended North Dakota State University (amongst other pior colleges) and graduated with a bachelors in electrical engineering in 2000. Since then central Wisconsin has been my home with my wife Carrie and son Anthony. For my day job I work for a contract engineering and manufacturing product development company. My focused discipline is analog engineering (power electronics, RF, medical instrumentation, EMC, etc.).
Over the past 10 years, much of my ham radio activity has been seasonal in nature. Since I commute ~40 miles to work each day, I keep in touch with friends on the local 2 meter repeaters. Our repeater is on IRLP node #4294 and Echolink #409257.
I discovered the joy of QRP/CW sprints the winter of 2010. This has greatly improved my CW speed and starting to develop operating skills I never had. I joined the Flying Pigs QRP Club, North American QRP CW Club, and Straight Key Century Club. Each has their own unique contests and/or rewards that I'm casually working towards. In my ~22yrs as a ham I could have cared less about stuff like this, but once you get into it, it's very fun. Set a goal and work towards it and learn something new.
Ham Radio Activities:
Straight Key Century Club #7429
Smallmouth caught with a 7 weight fly rod and popper on a drift boat in a NE Wisconsin stream - Fall 2012
Composite RC Discus Launched Glider
Selling stuff with friends at the Jefferson, WI hamfest near Madison spring of 2012. L-R Me, Tom/N9TBM, Al/K9WVM, Chuck/AC9F.
Field Day setup 2012 with Tom/N9TBM at the Iola, WI "Old Car Show" grounds.
The fantasic dipole support up 120ft for FD 2012. Moxon for 6 meters on lower platform at about 50ft.
Antenna raising all done. Dave, WB9GBG was the brave climber.
Field Day 2013. Helping Todd N9NE tear down the antennas at the Amherst, WI fire department. The prior year field day arrangement did not work out and was able to join these guys about 15 miles from my home. New friends made and a great weekend operating and learning from these very experencied operators.
Staged CW photo op. :) I really did mash the key(s) that weekend. I just have to bring the speed down to the mid 20's.
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