This blog will be about my journey to get back on the air after a two-year hiatus, get my skills polished up, and find someone to Elmer (click here for an explanation of “Elmering”). Along the way I’ll reminisce about my own experience in ham radio, and I’ll critique the state of ham radio today. I’ll also venture an opinion on how we got here and what it will take to improve the hobby.
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 currently run a Kenwood TS-440S and a Heathkit HW-8 into an 85′ end-fed wire with a tape-measure for a counterpoise.
I have been happily married to one woman, since 1987, and am the father of two. From 2006-2013, I was 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 & deer hunting, chess, singing, macrame, and watercolor painting.
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.