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Matthew Kent Pollard

OMISS #9479

Hi, and welcome to my QRZ.com page. I'm a newer amateur operator, with a passion for the hobby. Ever since I was a small child, I've had a strong interest for technology; whether it be computers, radios, or random junk electronics, I was always messing around with something. I never really had a mentor or "elmer," so I did a lot of spinning of my wheels. After high school, I found myself working in the Information Technology field, and eventually ending up at the University of Notre Dame. I currently work in IT Change Mangement in the Office of Intformation Technology, and love working at the university.

In the spring of 2013, I finally decided to get my amateur radio license, it had been only a dream for long enough. I grabbed a friend of mine, Brandon KD8VDX, showed him some radio stuff, and he was immediately on board. In turn, he got his friend Jesse KC9ZFF interested, and we all three went and tested together. We passed the first exam and received our technicial class license. Around that time, I had purchased an ICOM IC-761 HF rig that was in mint condition from a friend of mine. However, life got in the way, and it would be 8 months or so until I finally built a 10m dipole and got on the air. That was just recently, but getting on the air and making contacts with multiple foreign countries has given me the bug. I couldn't believe that a very cheap, and hastely built dipole could do some much. 

Having only access to a very small portion of the HF bands, I knew that I would have to upgrade to General Class. I again got a hold of Brandon KD8VDX, and suggested we upgrade. After a couple weeks of studying, him and I were ready to go take the test. There is always a bit of stress associated with these exams, but both of us passed with "flying colors." And not only did we upgrade to General Class, we also got our friend and co-worker to get his Technical Class ticket, David Seidl KD9ASG. It was also at this time, that I changed my call from KC9ZFI to K1BBB - as I was looking for something shorter, and easy to remember. Unfortunately, I had a very nicely setup QRZ.com page that was destroyed when my new callsign came through. Hopefully this page is as nice, if not nicer.

Being as excited as I am now, I went back to my friends and suggested we start a club of our own. Sure there are other clubs in our area, but we don't know any of them all that well, and we wanted something we could call our own. Thus began OGRES - Off the Grid Radio and Electronics Society. Our callsign is KD9AOQ and we are currently working to plan out some events for the spring and summer, and looking to increase our membership. We are really excited about the opportunity that this will open up, as well as the fun and experiences it will bring.

Ham Radio is an amazing field, with so much to do, and so much to learn. I think that is what excites me the most. And it's not something that will ever end, as there will always be new technologies, new innovations, and new ways of doing things. We hams will be at the forefront of it all, and that's the fun of it!

Interested in more about me? Check out my BLOG!

I currently have the following radios and antennas:

Transceiver: ICOM IC-761 with SP-20

Transceiver: ICOM IC-7100

Tuner: MFJ 969

Power Supply: JetStream JTPS45

Antenna: 40m Carolina Windom (RadioWorks) at 25 feet.


My Wife Heather and I at Disney World  OGRES Seal  Touch Down Jesus at University of Notre Dame  


    My radio setup



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