Hi! My name is Tim Totten. Thanks for dropping by my little corner of cyberspace. The resources you find here represent many of my personal interests, with a strong emphasis on amateur radio (N4GN is my amateur radio call sign, in case you were wondering about the strange title for this web page).
If you'd like to learn more about amateur radio (a.k.a. "ham radio"), check out the Hello-Radio site, or drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll try to answer any questions you might have. I'd love to hear from you!
My primary ham radio interests are DXing (see my DX totals below) and contesting on the HF bands, particularly on CW. I'm also active in other areas such as 6 meters and the other VHF/UHF/microwave bands up to 24 GHz, and I've recently gotten into RTTY. I am a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a founding member of the Kentucky Contest Group (KCG), and a member of the Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (ARTS). I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF). If you're a DXer, please consider supporting the NCDXF!
I received my first amateur license in 1976, at the age of 10 (WN4UYU, which later became WA4UYU). I soon upgraded to a General class license. Eventually, in 1985, I upgraded to Advanced, changed my call to KJ4VH, then quickly upgraded to Extra. I needed those Extra class privileges once I was bitten by the DX bug!
In November, 1996, I changed my call once again (under the vanity call sign program) to N4GN. It's much better on CW! In 1997, I passed the highest-class Finnish amateur radio exam, and also received the Finnish vanity call OH4GN.
If you ever have the chance to "be DX" for a while, don't pass it up--it can be a lot of fun! In recent years, I have had the fortunate opportunity to operate from 45 different DXCC Countries, including Morocco, China, Nauru, Grenada, Huang Yan Dao (Scarborough Reef), the Netherlands Antilles, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, ITU Headquarters, Antigua, Palau, the Philippines, the Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Monaco, San Marino, the Temotu Islands, Montserrat, Dongsha Dao (Pratas Island), Turkey, the Aland Islands and Market Reef. See the complete list if you are interested. It seems I'm always thinking about "where do we go next?" Indeed, I already have more dreams for future DXpeditions than I can possibly squeeze into the limited vacation time I have!
After many years of bachelorhood, I finally met the woman of my dreams in January, 2002. Her name is Joana, and we were married on 04 October, 2003. The ceremony took place in Tagaytay City, Philippines. You can get all the details on Tim and Joana's Wedding Site. As if that wasn't enough, Joana also has a terrific son, Phivocs, from a previous marriage. He's really a fine young man, and I can't believe what a 2-for-1 deal I got!
Today, the three of us run a small on-line business selling Diana Stalder skin care products, which we import from the Philippines. Check out our latest store (SouthGain-Skin-Care.com) and new blog (SouthGainBlog.com). You can also follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/SouthGain/). For all our contact information, see SouthGain.tel.
Well, enough about me. If you are really bored, you can find out more by clicking on my picture above. Or check out my LinkedIn profile or Facebook page. And for anyone who might be interested, my résumé is available (PDF format, 90 kB).
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This is my latest QSL card. The
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