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Hello from Cliff, M6NRC

QTH is Brixworth, Northamptonshire in central England, UK, at approx 124m AMSL. IARU Region 1; DXCC Zone 223; ITU Zone 27; Lat 52.32695 N (52 19 37 N), Long -0.90775 W (0 54 28 W); Locator IO92NH.  The Worked All Britain [WAB] square is SP77.
Licenced in March 2013 and currently using an Elecraft KX3 [http://www.elecraft.com], 6 - 160m all mode transceiver [#3839] (with 2m option upgrade) and PX3 Panadapter [#2375] both of which I built from kits.  I installed the 2m module at the end of 2017.
I've installed various upgrades to my KX3 along the way, including MCU 2.38 / DSP 1.37 [to increase maxium TX power to 15W], the VFO tuning noise suppression modification rev. B3 (July 2013) and enhanced heatsink modification for additional temperature stability during long TX.
At my QTH I use a home brew "Nested Marconi" limited space multi-band as conceived by Mike Dennis, G7FEK [http://www.g7fek.co.uk] (at about 8m height); and for stealth, indoor and portable work I use a Chameleon CHA F Loop antenna [http://chameleonantenna.com/].
Nested Marconi     http://antenna http://www.g7fek.co.uk/software/G7FEK%20antenna.pdf                             Chameleon CHA F Loop
Chameleon's CHA F Loop is an excellent antenna and compliments well with my KX3.  Both products are made in the USA and the quality shows.  
Before finally deciding on the Chameleon I found an excellent review from Julian, OH8STN, SurvivalTech Nord [http://oh8stn.org] Off Grid and Field Radio Operator - which I have found to be a superb resource for portable and real-world operation.  This includes building and experimenting with portable power supply kits including Li-Ion QRP Battery Pack ('Ultra Pack') utlising four 18650 batteries, battery management and battery charge controller [http://oh8stn.org/blog/2017/06/08/diy-34s-li-ion-qrp-battery-pack/].
I use a SARK - 110 vector impedance antenna anlyser designed by Melchor Varela, EA4FRB [http://www.sark110.com/] and calibration loads from Dave Lankshire, G3TJP [http://www.g3tjp.com/].
Having worked as an electronics engineer for Plessey Military Communications on British Army Clansman and Ptarmigan battlefield radios, my interest in radio since that time has been as a shortwave listener. This changed in late 2012 when I joined the Northampton Radio Club (NRC) [http://northamptonradioclub.co.uk/] [RSGB Region 13, District 134] in January 2013, gaining my licence in March under the excellent tution of Bob Hambly, M0HAF.
NRC is one of the oldest radio clubs in the UK and 2013 was its Centenary Year.  This coincided with RSGB Centenary and to celebrate I used the special anniversary call sign MV6NRC.  NRC has two call-signs, G3GWB and G8LED, plus the contest call G8N.  Regularly helping the British Top-Band DF Association [http://www.topbanddf.org.uk/], in 2013 NRC hosted the National Final and I operated one of the three 'fox stations':  This is me operating on 160m (left) and close up of transceiver equipment (right):-
I work mostly QRP (@ < 5W) phones and digital modes using a DigiMaster MiniPro SC interface by ZLP Electronics [http://www.g4zip.co.uk/unified/DM_MiniPro_SC.shtml] and Digital Master 780 software from Ham Radio Deluxe  [http://ham-radio-deluxe.com/].
I joined the European Phase Shift Keying Club (EPC) [http://eupsk.com/] in August 2017; member number 26149.
I'm also currently investigating the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network [WSPRnet]  [http://wsprnet.org] and WSJT-X version 1.7.0 [https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html] by Joe Taylor, K1JT, using my KX3 and CHA F Loop antenna on 20m @ 30dBm (1W).  Initial TX results are very encouraging with my station being received across mainland Europe, the Canary Islands [EA8BFK] (approx. 2,846 km / 1,768 miles) and New Brunswick, Canada (approx. 2,870 miles).
My next stages include refinement of my station set-up across all bands and using lower power levels [target 200mW [@ <2Hz drift].
WSPR experimentation during 2017 Total Eclipse:  19 successful TX calls on 20m @ 5W including Hawkesbury, Canada approx. 5,300 km / 3,300 miles [293az WNW].
My interests outside ham radio include No Agenda Show [http://www.noagendashow.com/] hosted by media pioneer and Government Legislation Analyst, Adam Curry, K5ACC http://qrz.com/db/k5acc [formerly KF5SLN] and award winning journalist, John C. Dvorak, KJ6LNG http://qrz.com/db/kj6lng
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to work you on the bands sometime.
best 73s Cliff, de M6NRC
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