Quartzfest Part 2

What a night of sleep! I woke up at 3am after falling asleep at 11pm. What woke me up? It was a huge RV pulling in to the Roadrunner Campground where Quartzfest was located. I also realized that my head was cold. 28 degrees in the desert will do that

Quartzfest Day 1

My alarm woke me up at 5:15 am and I got all my things packed, came out to the kitchen where my mother-in-law Linda was getting ready for work. Linda makes fantastic meals and one of my favorite meals is a southwest egg bake. Luckily she had some in the

Arizona Trip 1/20/18

My life is pretty darn sweet, a great wife, two wonderful sons, and a happy dog. I also get the opportunity to do some traveling. Sarah is a wonderful multitasker and super knowledgeable. Sarah can keep everything going while I go out on adventures. Now, for me, I appreciate all

CW…Cold Weather?

WEATHER I woke up this morning to -30 degrees. I saw the sunrise so that was nice. In northern Minnesota sometimes we just don’t see much sun during the winter. Currently as I am typing this it is -24 degrees. So why is it so cold? I wish I knew.

The Twin Cities Cheetah Run

Living way up north in Minnesota, specifically Ely, we have two State Parks nearby. For me to do a close-to-home “cheetah run” (working from 5 KFF-designated parks) would take a long time with a lot of driving, mosquitoes, negative temps, snow, and other typical Minnesota obstacles. Fortunately, Range Regional Airport

Mother’s Day Weekend 2017

Mother’s Day is very special this year. Asa was born June 1st so this was Sarah’s first Mother’s Day as a mom of two. On Saturday I woke up and had to umpire two softball games. After I was done with my games we made a quick trip to the

New Shack Rig

When I upgraded to General I didn’t buy a radio right away but I knew what I wanted. When one came available, I had to jump on it. Marv, NØOIX, had a Yaesu FT-857D that he wanted to sell me if I was interested. Marv was my first contact when


I recommend that if you are just getting started with portable HF operating that you look into the Parks on the Air program. Parks on the air or “POTA” allows you to operate at various State Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and National Parks. There are awards given to both activators and

Arizona Trip 3/19-3/27/2017

We had a great vacation with ups and downs but it was fun to get out to Arizona. We got out to the Grand Canyon which is truly something you have to see. A Parks on the Air activation was attempted but only 7 QSOs were made before we had