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Paper QSL's are fine and I respond to all. Bureau is ok for DX. I'm a member of ARRL, St. Paul Radio Club, South East Metro ARC, & Twin City FMC.  All QSL's are uploaded to LOTW.

I was born on a small dairy farm near Freeport, MN in Stearns County (near the barn). Elementary education was at a country school with12 to 15 students total in 1st thru 8th grade. The school was closed several years after I left.

My interest in electronics began in High School.  Several of us had good coaching from our Physics teacher. I was part of a 3-man Audio-Visual team that assisted with electronic equipment (tape recorders, projectors, amps., etc) and many times this duty extended into repairing and installing equipment. After High School, the three of us enlisted in the Navy but the Navy didn't like the way I looked (bad eyesight). 

My first antenna was strung from the peak of our farmhouse to the top of the 50 ft. windmill tower and was used to test various receiver versions. Then my electronics hobby took a back seat to college, work, family, and attendant activities although over the years I managed to build projects from scratch and completed kits including a Heath 25" color TV, several various other kits, and a stereo amplifier still in use in my woodworking shop.

The St. Paul, MN area has been my adult QTH. I first became a Ham in 1977 as KA0JWD along with one of my sons (KA0JWB) who was able to extend his experience into a stint in the Army as a communications specialist. During the Desert Storm event I operated AAV5OU under the MARS system when another son was on active duty in Kuwait.  I upgraded to General Class in 1988 as N0IWQ and upgraded to Extra Class on 2/28/2011 at the MIdwinter Madness Hamfest at Buffalo, MN. My first rig was an HW16-HG10B CW rig which acquired a new life when I sold it in 2012 to a local ham for use in a classroom setting. My second rig was a version of the Heath SB 401 & SB303 that could operate separately or as a transceiver.

I presently operate with a Yaesu FT-950 (new-to-me 2013), with my FT-757GX (1987) as backup, an Astron 35A PS, using an AL-80A Amp, a Heath SA-2040 tuner and Heath HM-102 SWR/Wattmeter. My base 2-meter unit is an Ft-2900--mobile is an FT-2400. Antennas are an attic-mounted 40/20/17/15 meter (bent) off-center-fed dipole up 27 ft.along with a 10 meter dipole. My 2-meter ant. is a1/2-wave vert.

Making antennas to fit our restricted area has become rather a hobby within itself, I have been using various versions of non-linear (bent) dipoles. Here are several links to sites regarding the subject: http://www.comportco.com/~w5alt/antennas/notes/ant-notes.php?pg=16 and http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-bent-dipole-or-inverted-u-antenna.html

Thank you for reading my page. Hope to hear you on the air.

Our favorite mode of travel--

Canadian Rockies--one of our favorite trips. This particular shot reminds me of the old Ferlin Husky song, "Now I'm seeing the world through my windshield". Photo complements of my XYL, Mirriam.


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