HELLO. My name is Vince Ponzio, and my call sign is K3NRX. I am located in Pittsburgh, PA - USA, and I have held an extra class ham license since 1989. After holding the 2x3 call KA3NRX since obtaining my novice ticket in 1985 at the age of 19, I finally, at the age of 48, changed/shortened my call sign for brevity and dx purposes through the vanity call sign program. Seeing that K3NRX (the same call only shorter) was available and finding out it was never issued, I decided to jump on the opportunity.
My station consists of only a G5RV, and a TS440s Kenwood xcvr. I also have a Yaesu FT-857D HF/VHF/UHF transceiver that I purchased in January of 2007. What a great little radio. To have all the HF Bands including 60 meters, along with 6 meters, 2 meters and 440mhz in one tidy package truly is remarkable. Since being first licensed in 1985, and at the time if this update, I have managed to work 298 DXCC countries (including 7 entities deleted from the DXCC list) using all bands and modes (mostly CW and SSB), with most of them confirmed. All worked with wire antennas alone!...That, my friends, took some serious screaming, scratching and clawing!
Most of my DX conquests (297 of them) were worked running only 100 watts, but in January of 2015, that all changed when I finally retubed an Ameritron AL-84 amplifier I bought in 2013 with 4 sweep tubes. The amp can be seen in my station photo with a stack of papers & headphones on top of it. I can only get 400 watts of power maximum (if I am lucky) out of those tubes, but anything is an improvement over running bare naked thru the woods, when the woods are very volatile. It certainly makes a BIG difference having the amp in line. I am now able to work into China (Zone 24) with the extra boost. Something I was not able to do barefoot with my wet noodle antenna.
I am active on pretty much all of the bands, but prefer 20 meters, as the DX always seems to be there regardless of static, sunspots or time of year. 15 and 10 I love when there are sunspots, and the WARC bands are very cool to operate because there are no contests hogging those frequencies. I love working 40 meters and the 80/75 meter DX window in the cold miserable winter months, as well. I can always seem to find a good qso into Europe in the winter time in the 80/75 meter window very easily with my G5RV, even when the east coast big guns pile up.
And, of course, I enjoy clowning around with my local ham friends on 2 meters, especially now that I have a real 2 meter station putting 50 watts out to a J-Pole. Did I mention I love my FT-857D?
I also enjoy sports of most every kind, especially Baseball and (American) Football (GO STEELERS!!!!!)
My interest in ham radio was spawned by my passions for geography, world events, politics, travel, & shortwave radio listening. My shortwave interests include being a fan of the 1950's vintage Zenith Transoceanic radios.
This is one of my Transoceanics, which dates back to October, 1953. It still plays nicely, picking up stations from around the world (that still broadcast on shortwave). You can't beat the audio on these radios. They are true classics.
I discovered back in 2006 that I have a knack for playing the drums. How's that for a 40+ year old?..:-D...
And, I am also a HUGE beer (and wanna-be wine) snob.
Budweiser, Miller or Coors products will NEVER AGAIN be consumed by this beer geek!
Hey, here's wishing you good DX, and I hope to work you on the bands, especially if you are DX, and really especially if you are in MONACO, as Monaco is the only European country I have yet to work to complete the continent. If you are in Monaco or know someone that is,(tell them) I would be willing to set up a QSO schedule sometime for a new one so I can complete Europe. Many thanks...
Vince P -- K3NRX
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