Glenn Johnson

Glenn has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon for over 35 years.  He works for the Mayo Clinic specializing in adult reconstruction.  His interest is in Minimally Invasive Surgery and he has developed a highly regarded practice specializing in outpatient partial knee replacement surgery.

His other area of interest is teaching orthopedic surgery in third world countries.  He is a member of Orthopedics Overseas.  He has spent a lot of time at a crippled children’s hospital in Bethlehem, Israel, and has had four tours of duty in The Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains.  In addition to teaching medicine he also brought amateur radio into Bhutan.  He taught the first group of hams licensed in the country and in later years help establish club stations in several high schools throughout the country.  In 2004, the American Radio Relay League awarded him the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Glenn has an undergraduate degree in Forestry and Ecology.  He has operated amateur radio from many environmentally fragile areas from the Arctic to Antarctica and many places between.  His interest in amateur radio started as a youngster listening to his grandfather’s short-wave radio.  He was licensed at age 15 and within three months had contacted all 50 states using Morse Code with a homemade crystal transmitter. He has always been interested in contesting and working DX. He has several first place world scores and holds several records in international competition.  He has worked all of the countries and has confirmation cards from 354 countries/entities.  He has led two major DXpeditions to #2 Most Wanted areas (Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas (2000) and Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea (2007), both of which were awarded DXpedition of the Year.  He was co-leader for the very successful Desecheo DXpedition (2009).  He has been the medical officer on several other DXpeditions to remote locations.  He was inducted into the CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the DX Hall of Fame in 2012.

Glenn is the trustee of WØNWR.  In addition to Desecheo NWR in 2009, Glenn has operated from Glacial Ridge NWR and Rydell NWR in Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi NWR and Driftless Area NWR in Iowa.  Others have used the WØNWR callsign from Minnesota Valley NWR, Tamarack NWR, Mill Lacs NWR and Sherburne NWR in Minnesota.

His wife and four children are all licensed hams and compete in ham radio contesting from their home.  They have traveled to many countries, some quite remote, for contest activities.  He and his wife home-schooled their four children.

Glenn has many other interests including beekeeping, wood working and building furniture, draft horses and car-riage driving and flying both a float plane in the summer and a ski plane in the winter.  He is also very active in local community affairs and in his local church.

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