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Formerly, WB0GFZ

(Working remote in eastern North Dakota June 20-25, 2017 Loc: EN17lu   QSL through  my regular station address.)

I always appreciate a direct QSL card and I'll reply with another direct card in return. If you'd prefere to QSL through eQSL.cc, LoTW, QRZ or other service, let me know via email and I will accommodate as best I can.

I am an ARRL Life Member, North Dakota native and Lutheran Brethren Pastor, not necessarily in that order.  I was first licensed as WN0GFZ a novice, in 1971, General as WB0GFZ in 1972  and have kept up my license all these years. Got my Amateur Extra in 2009, and took the opportunity to get the W0AP vanity call in January 2018. 

I have enjoyed so many aspects of the Ham Radio hobby, operating Radio Control Aircraft for many years on 50mhz, and the North Dakota 75 meter SSB nets, as well as the YL System on 20 meters have also been fun. I operated a little handheld on 144/440mhz satellite for a while, and that's great when the weather is fair, but it gets old real quickly in the cold North Dakota winters. I also enjoy PSK-31 and JT65-hf digital modes, mostly on 20 meters. Love my Kenwood TS-870, love my home brew 20m ground plane vertical, love my 75m dipole and so much more. But there's no question, the most fun and the most rewarding aspect of Amateur Radio hobby is the friendships I've gained along the way. Not only does one gain a new friend with every contact on the air, but the special friends who get together at club functions and help each other out at antenna raising parties, station installation projects and hamfests bring back many many fond memories, as well as creating new ones.

From NDSU's club station. Mid 70'sI've always enjoyed making my own QSL Cards. Here's one (left) I made when photography was my hobby. I took the photo at the NDSU club station (Collins S-line) and created the QSL card in the darkroom at NDSU.

And the one on the right, is when photography was my career. I took the photo in my little photography studio in Mandan (Yaesu FT-101E, FV-101 VFO, YO-101 Scope and that great EV-638 Microphone). The color photo card was printed on a Copal one-hour processing machine.

My hometown is Dickinson, North Dakota. I graduated from Dickinson High School in 1973 (go Midgets!) and North Dakota State University, Fargo in 1977 (go Bison!). I worked in the commercial broadcasting profession for about 10 years out of college, before my move to the Bismarck/Mandan area where I owned a photography business for 27 years. My wife, Mary and I raised 3 great boys during those years in Bis/Man, and we were consistent church members at Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bismarck. Then God called me into full-time ministry as I began serving Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in rural Antler, ND beginning in July 2014. The boys are all grown and on their own these days but Mary and I love it out here on the prairie. Our church and home are almost literally, out in the middle of nowhere. However, the people Shot with a bow & arrow at about 15 yards.here are so warm and welcoming, that we have found a happy little respite here in the country, while at the same time being challenged and empowered by a gracious and loving God.

I have discovered that bow hunting for white-tail deer is fantastic in these parts. The church sponsors a yearly archery club in the church basement, and it's a great family-friendly atmosphere to learn about the sport, and another opportunity for great friendships. This buck made it to the "trophy" category, measuring 131.5" of antler length, equating to about the length in feet of the main street of the small North Dakota town of Antler.

We recently welcomed our second grandson, Breckin, to the family, pictured here with his big brother, Killian.

 

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KD9IWX 2018-02-20 80m FT8 EN62cc United States Benjamin B Lind
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KZ0MBI 2018-02-20 80m FT8 EN32rg United States MICHAEL F CHAPMAN, JR
NI0B 2018-02-20 80m FT8 EN11vg United States LEONARD E WEBER, JR
KC2BBI 2018-02-20 80m FT8 FN20vm United States ROBERT J DE FORGE
WB5BHS 2018-02-20 80m FT8 EM35kg United States JOHN A EVANS
AA1ON 2018-02-20 80m FT8 FN42ff United States MARTIN W BAYES
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