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 through our hobby I've worked all US counties, a project that took 18 years, and (finally!) got all 40 CQ zones. Over 2300 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 liked the Midwest enough to eventually settle in St. Paul. My wife, Lindsay Nauen, is from South Dakota and has masters' degrees in library science and business administration. She owns an accounting business and got me interested in doing triathlons and half Marathons with her. 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 another activity is travel. I took 1973 to go 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 crossing by ship. Over the years we've been from Kauai to the Sinai. The latter, along with Tunisia, Rhodes, and Albania are among the most interesting places we've visited. I also like shortwave listening. That paid off big time when I won China Radio International's contest to visit their country. (The picture was taken in front of the Bell Tower in Xi'an.) Thanks, CRI!
My other hobby is flying, first power, and now gliders (bronze badge with silver altitude and duration legs). I'm a member of the Red Wing Soaring Association. The club's web site is www.soarwisc.com.
Thanks for your interest and good luck with your own activities. I hope to meet you on the air!
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