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-This is me . . . -At my "computer desk." As you will see, I am an advocate of the Macintosh computer family. (Although I still have two Windows computers, and have Windows XP Pro, Ubuntu Linux and Windows 7 running on all of our current Macs in the house.) I also have WINDOWS ONLY computers, but these are used only for ham radio applications. I have two 27" iMacs that run either Windows-XP, Windows-7 or Mac's OS-X operating system; To be able to run the two Flex-radios, I have these set up to run XP, as this is needed for PowerSDR, the Windows-only program that runs the Flex-Radios.

I have now retired from Northwest Airlines, as of August, 2005. I was in electronics there. (-I had been with NWA for 37 years, in total...) It was a GREAT JOB!

NWA has been purchased by DELTA AIRLINES, so this is the newest link to use.

My email address is:


Minnesota SUMMERTIME!

Peg took a picture of me on a bike outing, as Peg and I were camping in Southern Minnesota.

(I might add that this picture was just taken with my PDA!  It was the Sony NX-80V, a very early flip-style PDA.)


HAM-CAMPING!

We recently got a new RV that is a lot bigger than our past "stubby camper" that was originally pictured here. I am still under way with the ham radio installation in our new toy, but it is pretty now well finished. (Soon I'll have a picture of the "portable" wooden fixture that holds the IC-2200 and the IC-7000 control heads.)

Above: The above two pictures show outside views of my "hamshack on wheels." We sometimes do not use the AC-power sites when we camp, so deep-cycle batteries supply our DC power needs, even for the HF radio. The HF radio (An Icom IC-7300) that I have suffers a small bit of transmitter power as a result of being on battery power, which means that I usually run at about 65 Watts of RF power. I have found that this is still doing very well for me.


Above: The updated image above shows my ham position in the camper. -This is now updated from the original IC-7000 to the IC-7300, as shown above. This newly updated radio is followed with an Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier and an LDG AT-1000 Pro-II, which I run at 400 watts.


As shown above, the previous HF radio is shown. (Not shown is the Icom IC-7300.) The other units, the Icom IC-2720 main body and the Ameritron ALS-600 amp with the necessary LDG AT-1000ProII automatic antenna tuner) are all inside the console.

The image above shows the inside of the small console; The ALS-600 and ATU are bundled as a unit with tie-wraps. (The IC-7000 is no longer in the camper, even though it is still pictured in this and other places.)

I made up a wooden hanger-bracket to hold the control heads for the ALS-600 remote control head and IC-2720 radios. This unit is hung from the side of the cabinet, so it is out of the way, but still easily available for easy use, or to be stowed out of the way, if the fold-out bed is needed. (See the lower of the two images above.) The cabling between the control head and the radios inside the console allow the control heads to be moved out of the way, if needed.


Above: Overall view of a typical setup of our new hard-side camper. The mast (clipped to the side of the camper) is a home-made 18 foot mast that is velcro-tied to a fixture on the top edge of the camper. I have the mast painted dark green and a flat black, so it is relatively hard to spot, when were in the trees, at the typical camping sites! Normally, at the top of the mast is a home-made VHF-UHF antenna, which is also camouflaged. The wire for the dipole antenna is very small, and is covered with a dark green plastic. The 107 foot dipole's feed point is at 18 feet, and the ends are as-is, with one end hopefully in the clear. I use an old hockey puck to toss the fish line that is attached to the ends of the dipole up and over a tree branch; This seems to work quite well on all bands from 75 through 6 Meters, thanks to the fact that I am feeding the dipole with 450 Ohm window (ladder) line.

Above: Overall LAYOUT DIAGRAM of the new camper.



Peg's "personal computer" is an iMac, which is located in a nook in our kitchen. She also has an iPod Touch and an iPad. (Peg's email address is shown below....) Peg now has her Technician ham (amateur radio) license! Her call is K0JPG. She has the books for studying to advance to her GENERAL CLASS ham license, but she is way too busy to engage this in the warmer seasons. I might add that Peg and I live in a nice little hut with a VIEW in rural Hampton, Minnesota.

 


Our oldest son is Nick. He works for DELTA AIRLINES as a computer programmer. (Nick and Ann's email address is just below....) He and his wife, Ann have a young daughter Mara, and a younger son Jack. Therefore, Ann has two jobs: Running the household, and running after (or tending to) Miss Mara and Mister Jack! Nick and his family live in a mansion near Hastings, Minnesota. (They are only a 20 minute drive from our home.)

 

Our youngest son is Nate. He lives just South of Frazee, Minnesota. He now works as a SIX-SIGMA engineer at LUND BOATS in New York Mills, Minnesota.

Nate and Stacy have two young daughters, named Rylie and Eryn. Nate now has his Technician ham (amateur radio) license! His call is KB0LHA. In the Summer of 2008, Nate and Stacey purchased a VERY NICE summer-home near Frazee, Minnesota! (This is their rental property, and is on EAGLE LAKE. -It is available by the week, month, etc.) They have a 27 inch iMac as well as a MacBook Pro, iPads, iPhones and an older eMac in their home.