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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! I'm fortunate to be on top of a hill, and that does help my modest set-up.

Along the way I've worked every US county, a project that took 18 years, and (finally!) got all 40 CQ zones. Over 2500 prefixes and more than 380 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 that online for a university.

With geography and radio interests it's no surprise that travel is another hobby. In 1973 I went overland from Luxembourg to Nepal, across Australia, and through all of Latin America. Once the boys grew up Lindsay and I starting doing long trips. Tunisia, Rhodes, Albania, Kauai and the Hebrides are among the places we've visited, and the picture above is from downtown Havana.  I still occasionally take off on my own, as to Haiti and Andorra. A big trip in 2018 was taking a small ship from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Petermann Island, Antarctica.  We made a lot of stops by Zodiac and saw plenty of penguins and seals.  So now my count for DXCC visited is up to 103.

Speaking of travel, I like shortwave listening and that paid off big time when I won a contest held by China Radio International.  Amazingly, the prize was a trip to Beijing and 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 based in Osceola, Wisconsin. The club's web site is www.rwsa.org and if you're in the area any nice weekend from April through November, drop on by.  We usual fly off the grass strip by the highway.

Thanks for your interest and good luck with your own activities. I hope to meet you on the air!

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