About this Blog

Todd Mitchell, NØIP, Granite Falls, MN

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 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.

Novice Station KAØCEM, circa 1978


One response to “About this Blog

  1. Hi
    I am a new ham, without an antenna. I am reading about a Carolina Windom and it sounds pretty good. IS it possible to make your own matching transformer (balun?) and line isolator (trap?). Where could I find “how to ” instructions?
    I have a Yeasu 2 meter transceiver which I plan to make a J-Pole for, and a Heath SB 1400 HF transceiver which I am considering the Carolina Windom for.
    The HF transceiver covers 10 meters to 160 meters but I am considering building an antenna for 10 to 40 meters because of cost and ease of construction. Do you think this would be limiting and therefore a mistake?
    I appreciate your time and effort in Elmering.
    Edward L Jones
    Monroe Utah

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