My house is a condo triplex two blocks north of Minnesota's State Capitol Building. The station is a Kenwood 570G running 100 Watts without an amplifier. Through a hole in the wall a coax cable connects it to a center-fed half-wave 20 meter dipole tied to attic beams. It cost $3 and has let me confirm 272 entities on 20 phone, though at times DX can be very frustrating! Elevation does help, and I'm fortunate to be on top of a hill.
Along the way I've worked all US counties, a project that took 18 years, and (finally!) all 40 CQ zones. Over 2400 prefixes and 300 islands have also been collected. Just for fun I also picked up every FCC commercial license, another long-term exercise.
Born in New York City in 1950, after going to the University of Wisconsin I came back to the Midwest and eventually settled in St. Paul. My wife, Lindsay Nauen, is from South Dakota and has masters' degrees in library science and business administration. A self-employed accountant, we do triathlons and running events together. Our sons are Noah and Ben. I've a doctorate in geography from Rutgers and teach math and science at several colleges in the Twin Cities.
With geography and radio interests it's no surprise that travel is another interest. In 1973 I went overland from Luxembourg to Nepal, across Australia, and through all of Latin America. And once the boys were older Lindsay and I starting doing longer trips, including a Transatlantic ship crossing. Over the years we've been from Kauai to the Sinai. These, along with Tunisia, Rhodes, Albania and the Hebrides are among the most interesting places we've visited. I also like shortwave listening, which is what first got me interested in ham radio. That paid off big time when I won China Radio International's contest and got to visit that country. (The picture was taken in front of the Bell Tower in Xi'an.) Thanks, CRI!
My other hobby is flying. In college I got a private pilot's license for small airplanes, and much later a commercial one for gliders. I'm a member of the Red Wing Soaring Association in Osceola, Wisconsin. The club's web site is http://www.soarwisc.com/ and if you're in the area on a nice weekend from April through October, drop on by.
Thanks for your interest and good luck with your own activities. I hope to meet you on the air!
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