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

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


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

17 Meter Opening

At about 1420 zulu, while having coffee before my workout, I decided to fire up the Kenwood TS-570D and see what kind of action was going on. 17m was going crazy. I made contact with the following countries: Belgium Italy Bahamas Croatia Slovenia Germany Austria Switzerland With the Solar Cycle

Portable HF at Kawishiwi Falls

Today was a great day for a hike and some radio. With some debate about where to go, we decided to go to Kawishiwi Falls. Sarah, my mother, and Asa all came along. Kawishiwi  is an Ojibwe word that means “river full of beaver or muskrat houses”.  Native Americans, explorers and

VHF, UHF, Echolink, Wires-X

Every shack needs some love from the world of VHF and UHF.I even rigged up some nodes to Echolink and Wires-X. Let me give you the tour. The top radio is the Yaesu FTM-3200DR which I run as an Echolink node. This radio puts out 65 watts and if you