Inbound ore boat heading to the Duluth harbor. Taken outside Jeff's office door at SMDC.
Photo taken by Jeffrey Nast in Duluth MN on January 5, 2004.
Northland Weather Group Net
I received my Technician License on 2/25/2002 (my birthday!). On 04/29/2003 I got my first radio, a Kenwood TH-D7A(G). Prior to this I relied on the generosity of my son Ted KC0MKU to let me borrow his ICOM T2H HT. My other son Andrew KC0MKT has purchased a Yaseu VR-7X HT and is enjoying the use of 6m/2m/70cm bands. The three of us are members of ARAC and ARRL. Since then I have earned my General Class exam (11/03/2004), 5 WPM code and General upgrade (11/02/2005) and Extra Class License (03/07/2007). On 11/10/2004 my lovely young bride earned her Technician Licencse. Now the whole family is licensed!
Since my upgrade to General, a number of radios have been purchased or given to me over the past few years... For the base station, I bought a Kenwood TS-520S from Paul KB0P in Ishpeming MI. Since then it has grown:
Our home is on top a hill near Knife River MN. Being about 400 feet above Lake Superior we have a beautiful view of Lake Superior and the surrounding North Shore area. My beautiful young bride Diane KC0TIU and I built our home from the ground up with the help of family and friends. It is also a great place to plant antennas! Once I get my two sons through elementary and secondary school and now college (read $$$$), I'll be able to invest more into Amateur Radio.
I am also very active in our church as a leader (Senior Commander) for a boys ministry program called Royal Rangers. In a nutshell, Royal Rangers is the Christian version of Boy Scouts. See Minnesota District and National Office web sites for more info. I am also active in the Royal Rangers FCF North Star Chapter (Frontiersman Camping Fellowship). My given names are "Web Weaver" and "Dot Com" and my chosen name is "White Raven". I was PLTC/DTC Camp Commander for 8 years, and when there are enough trainees I assist with JTT. There are four Hams in our outpost with hopefully more on the way soon. Needless to say all this activity keeps me running!
Every summer we take a vacation out west, mostly to backpack with the young men that came up through our Royal Rangers outpost. We have so far been to:
I have worked in the computer industry since 1978 and naturally have an interest in not only voice, but also digital communications, especially APRS. My computer background is hardware/software service for IBM Mainframes (water-coooled engines). Currently I am employed as a Senior Systems Administrator at SMDC Health System in Duluth, MN. My job responsibilities include UNIX Admin (IBM AIX, Linux), SAN Admin, AS/400 Admin and Tivoli TSM Backup and Restore.
God Bless and 73's!
White Raven (FCF Name) - Genesis 8:7, 1 Kings 17:2, Luke 12:24
(More or less the same info on www.qrz.com)