I have been a ham since I was 10 years old, in 1978. I have always preferred HF CW but have also dabbled in HF AM/SSB/PSK and 2m FM/Packet. I run a Kenwood TS-440S and a Heathkit HW-8 into a New Carolina Windom configured as an inverted-V.
I have been happily married to one woman, since 1987, and am the father of two. Since early 2006 I have been the pastor of First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, MN. Prior to going to seminary and becoming a pastor, I was a programmer for 2 years; before that, I was a police officer and supervisor in a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis for 10 1/2 years. My other interests have included flying, sailing, pheasant hunting, chess and singing.
Comments are welcome from all who deport themselves as ladies and gentlemen. May we converse here the way we ought to be having our QSO’s — charitably, humbly, thoughtfully, and constructively.
Todd Mitchell, NØIP
P.S. The photograph in the header of this blog is of my first, novice, CW-only HF ham shack. That’s a Heathkit DX-100 on the left, a Hammarlund HQ-170-A on the right, and a Nye Viking Speed-X straight key screwed down to the desk.