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Recently retired and living in Hudson, Wisconsin.  Lived in three different homes here in the Hudson area, have been on the air from all three locations over the years.  Twenty-eight years a ham, although I studied for my license many times as a youngster but never had the chance to take the test.  Still have my little Heathkit GR-81 regenerative shortwave radio I built as a 12 year-old.

Currently run a Ten Tec Omni VII, an Icom 706, and an old, beat up FT 757 used on digital modes.  Have an Elecraft KPA500 amplifier, a Ten Tec Hercules II 550 watt solid state amp, and an old Dentron DTR 1200L amp as a backup.  The Dentron has a pair of 572B tubes, which give about 600 watts of output, and run it on occasion with the IC706.  Great amp in the winter, it warms up the shack nicely!

Spend most of my time on SSB and CW on 40 meters and above, and a bit of 75 and 160, although also enjoy FM and digital modes such as PSK and RTTY.  My CW isn't very fast, but have been working on getting the speed up.  Just started trying to master a Vibroplex bug, have had to add a modification to slow it down for me.  Also have recently gotten into DMR with a Tytera MD-380 and a SharkRF, enjoying the many international and national contacts from the comfort of my easy chair!

Here is the digital setup (FT 757GX tucked in the left corner), amp, and Palstar tuner:

Moved to the current QTH about five years ago and finally got the shack set up after retiring in the summer of 2014.  I have an MFJ 1786 Hi-Q loop hanging from the ceiling of the garage - a compromised situation but it got me on the air on the higher bands at 100 watts when I first got the current shack put together.  Since then I have added a 15-40 meter trap dipole up about 20 to 30 feet, and recently put up an end-fed wire using a 9:1 un-un fed with coax.  It works halfway decent, as long as I put a couple hundred watts into it.  Fortunately I am up on a hill, which are hard to come by out here on the edge of the prairie, so I like to think that helps me with my antennas. 

I am good through the buro for the 3905 Century Club on 40 and 75 meters.  And I do enjoy receiving and sending QSLs, no SASE needed. 

The primary image above is a photo of me standing in front of the cab of the Minnesota Zoo monorail shortly before it was shut down and scrapped in the summer of 2013.  Started my 30-year State of Minnesota working career as a monorail driver/naturalist guide in the early 1980s.  I survived longer than the monorail! 

Other activities include canoe camping, fishing, bike riding, and some backpacking.  Winter activities include a bit of winter camping, downhill and cross-country skiing, and icefishing.  By the way, don't let anyone tell you that icefishing is a sport, it is just an excuse to stand on a frozen lake and drink schnapps!

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