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In 2008 I returned to the air after a ~30 year hiatus (school, kids, etc). First licensed in 1971 as WN2APO, then WB2APO, in New Providence, NJ. College etc in Atlanta (W4AQL - Georgia Tech), and then to Portland Oregon in 1984.

My principal activity is contesting, which I do from a ridgetop QTH outside Newberg, OR (Yamhill county).  Highlights include winning the 2013 SSB November Sweepstakes low power plaque, and qualifying as a team leader for WRTC 2018.  My rig is a K3, sometimes paired with a TS-850 for SO2R.

In 2016 I installed a Red Pitaya SDR skimmer at the Newberg station, and in 2017 set it up to watch 6m and the 10m beacon band (tnx to W2NAF).  The skimmer antenna is either an R9 vertical, or a low C3SS tribander pointed SE, aided by a preamp.

Below is a picture of dawn light looking north-northeast from Newberg QTH, towards Mt. Ranier (120 miles) and Mt. St. Helens (70 miles), with Europe beyond,

After daydreaming for 40+ years, I finally put up a tower and rotatable antennas in 2011. Tnx to K7PN, K7ZSD, K7EM, KR7X, W7RR and W7ACD.

How it all began. . . a National NC-183D receiver that OM (soon WN2APR, then WA2APR, then N4GDU, now SK) bought at a Boy Scout auction for SWLing, and his recall of morse code from his Navy days, which led to discovery of local hams, radio club, Elmers, etc.

Serendipity happens . . .



Bill, K2PO/7

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