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Greetings de N0GRM


>> Click here - for photos from my August 2012BWCA DXpedition. KX1, QAMP20 (40 meters), EndFed long wire & Tractor battery.

>> For a walk around the yard with the dogs, in the snow, (Click Here)

As a kid, my folks were friends with a family where the Dad was a Ham. I remember being intrigued by all the dials, meters, lights and his straight key. Although I never saw him operate it, or even have it on, it remains one of my earliest memories of the hobby.

I've always had an interest in electronics, especially radios. I took apart the family phonograph while in kindergarten. While growing up, we had a cabin several miles from the local waste-site where I was a regular Sunday morning visitor. It was a gold mine of discarded radios, TVs, clocks and other items (never identified and probably containing carcinogens) which supplied me with toys to be tweaked and played with. I�m sure you can remember back in the 60�s when radios were in wood cabinets and their schematics pasted inside the back panel. I learned how to read schematics by following the circuits and associating the parts with their symbols. Somehow I managed to figure out how they worked, what tubes were inner-changeable (and not!) and what NOT to touch when the radio is plugged in. Looking back I don't remember much parental supervision -that may explain a few things.

Adolescence found me with multiple Walkie Talkie sets with which I talked to CB�ers. However, my real passion from junior high on was building and flying model airplanes. I currentlybelong to the Stillwater Sod Buster RC club and generally have two planes under various stages of development down here in the Shop / Marconi Shack.

Zip past college to my carrier as an Electrical Engineer, where I�ve been writing software / firmware since the late seventies. Back in the early days programming was without the aid of a PC - that�s another story to be shared over a long rag-chew. In 1985 a couple of Ham engineers encouraged several of us to get our ticket. Later that year we did and enjoyed the hobby as a group for a few years, until the company (high-tech) went belly up.

Modes back then included SSB, PACKET, SSTV, RTTY  but no CW, just enough to pass the test.

Today, my favorite mode is CW, via Vibroplex bug or straight key when operating QRP. Some days I do work side band for some variety, participating in contests or to listen in when not sitting in front of the radio. I even have a circa 1959 Collins 75S-1 Receiver in the kitchen, for some "easy listening."

Many thanks to those who stuck through a long rag chew - my favorite. I've made manyfriends via CW, and love picking up where we Ieft-off from a previous QSO. Looking forward to chatting with you again down the log!!


Memberships include:

Stillwater Amateur Radio Association - SARA W0JH-RadioHam.org (click here) - Past President (two terms)

Twin City DX Association - TCDXA.org - (click here)

SKCC #9062
NAQCC #5986
FISTS #15704
Flying Pigs#2945

DX QSL via - eQSL or Log Book of the World - Thanks!


Peter N0GRM

P.S. Please click on the "web" tab at the top of this page and enter your call sign - Tnx


Home rig:

  • - icom-7600
  • - Ameritron AL-82
  • - Palstar AT2K Tuner
  • - Mosley PRO-57-B orHome brew Dipole
  • - Vibroplex "Bug"
  • - Heil PR781 Mike
  • - Heil Pro Set iC
  • - Ham Radio Deluxe v6.x

QRP / Portable:

  • - Elecraft KX1 for wilderness backpacking
  • - Elecraft KX3 for wilderness canoecamping
  • - Boddipole
  • - iP30z Antenna Analyzer
  • - EARCHI long wire - Multiband 6-40meters
  • - J38 straight key, 1943 Vibroplexorbuilt iniambicpaddles (KX1/KX3)



Home QTH

Updated pads to my Vibroplex:

October 2013 - Thanks to WB8LZG for the idea!


Installing myMosley PRO-57-B, note the contraption attached to the center of the boom. Either end can rotate up - moving the other end of the boom along the tower. This allowed me to install the elements with out assistance. The attachment and ropes were removed after the antenna was fully installed.


Dipole is a homebrew tri-bander (160, 80,40 meter)
Camping QRP - Battery and end-fed antenna wire


My first rig consisted of a Heathkit DX-100 transmitter / HW-7 receiver - and Vibroplex Bug



Then I moved up to a Drake TR-4C / Astatic Silver Eagle


Yaesu 757GX

Yaesu 450D



Current Rigs

IC-7600 Home QTH Rig


Elecraft KX1 Backpacking


Elecraft KX3 Camping / General Travel Rig



Other Activites:


Reef Aquariums - 90 & 30 gallons

Bee Keeping

Builiding and Flying RC Airplanes since Junior High

AMA #137927Member Stillwater SodBusters (click here)



Most importantly Tracy - XYL married 1982 
Duke & Chance



73's - Peter NGRM


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