I'm a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma Program at the University of Manitoba.(1995)
Since then I've been mostly full time farming except during the winter
and of course flood time! My farm is located just a bit north of
Morris, Manitoba; about 25 miles/50 kilometers south of Winnipeg.
The farm is made up of about 1400 acres of farmland, mostly along the west bank of the Red River. We have about a mile of riverfront property within 7 river lots. We also have land west and away from the river adding quite a variety to the farm in soils, crops, etc.
Soil types include Red River clay (gumbo), Ozborne clay (worse gumbo) and Riverdale silty clay (best gumbo located along the Red River). Some of the farm is divided into riverlots as well as the regular section designations. River lots were surveyed when French settlers arrived in the late 1700's to the mid 1800's.
Crops include most cereal grains, oilseeds (mainly flax and canola) occasional pulse crops such as Soybeans, as well as various pedigreed seed crops
If you are heading to the United States from Winnipeg (or vice versa) on highway #75 you will be driving right through the farm!
Here's a simple map of the farm and adjacent area
Canadian Wheat Board
I'm a licensed mechanic in Manitoba and I enjoy working on the usual cars and trucks, as well as larger trucks and farm equipment. I have experience working on most north american vehicles as well as many of the various imports. If you are interested in getting some repairs on your vehicle/equipment give me a call. I'll be glad to help you out!
2009 flood pictures from low earth orbit
The graphic below updates every 5 minutes. Click on the link below it for the station generated weather report and more graphs & charts.
I recently joined the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (specifically) Winnipeg Centre as I have always had an interest in astronomy. Lots of interesting objects to observe and track including the latest comet Ison that broke up through the sun's corona learlier in November 2013. I got some earlier shots of comet Pan-Starrs (see the section below for some of my images). Although I am not new to this field of interest, I am looking forward to larning more about it though the RASC members and joining them for Member Nights at the Observatory at Glenlea, monthly meetings, and other events.
I run an APRS station at home and also have a Kenwood D7AG portable radio and GPS for use as a tracker. Click here too see where I am (ve4gls-14) mobile.
Click here if you want to look up a callsign, or are looking for the callsign of a ham who you know.
PCSAT is a satellite that is set up as an APRS digi. The link has frequency and operating info. Please read the use agreement, print out a copy, and sign it if you are going to use the system.
Manitoba ARES was activated in late April of 1997 to provide backup communications in the many communities in Southern Manitoba. Stations were set up in Emerson, Letellier, Dominion City, St Jean, Morris, Rosenort, St Agathe, Sanford, and St Adolphe. Winnipeg ARES helped out with providing operators for the South Centeral ARES operations as well as providing valuable communications for sandbagging inside the City of Winnipeg.
Here's some info on our Morris ARES station during the flood. (Some really neat pictures taken in Morris during the flood too!)
I should be adding stuff as time progresses. Look forward to some interesting links!!
This is a satellite picture of Morris and the area surrounding the town. This one takes a while to download (over 1mb!). This image was taken during spring flooding in April 2001; note the areas covered by the swollen Red River!
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Last updated September 27rd 1015; added eclipse picture.