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I had an interest in Ham Radio as a kid, drooling over QRP rigs in the Heathkit catalog, but I never followed through to get licensed. The Morse Code was always my biggest stumbling block. Years later, I attended a Hamfest in Baltimore, MD and met Cynthia Wall, KA7ITT, who had written a series of Ham Radio adventure books for kids. I bought the whole series and read them to my kids during story time each night. After reading several books, my daughter Grace, who was 13 at the time, and I began to study for the Technician exam and took the test a couple months later. We were licensed in 1997 and received concurrent call signs, N3ZPC and N3ZPD. You will never find a sweeter and better looking Ham Radio Operator than my daughter, Grace N3ZPD.



My hobbies include: Ham Radio, Electronics, tinkering with Microcontrollers, Computers, and Photography. I love going to Hamfests and finding something I’ve been looking for, and only paying a few dollars for it. I’m also on the receiving end (maybe too much so) of obsolete / scrapped parts and equipment from my employer, Patton Electronics.

I love Ham Radio and all that are part of the fraternity.  I find a lot of satisfaction in long rag chews as opposed to contesting, but I actually love both. Field Day is my absolute favorite time of the year – almost like a kid looking forward to Christmas.

My current rigs are an ICOM-706MKIIG, which is 15 years old and still kicking, and a new Kenwood TS-480SAT. I live in a townhouse community and I use wire antennas and an Alpha magnetic loop for HF, and Valor vertical for 2M/440.  Finding a decent HF antenna for small spaces, which is also somewhat stealth, seems to be the bane of my existence.  I have an interest in operating QRP and I've always been fascinated how far you can work with such as small amount of power.

My Elmer’s have been Jim Stanicek, AG3Y (SK) and Page Pyne, WA3EOP. Jim was a great guy who patiently taught me so much about Ham Radio, Computers and Electronics over the years. Page and I met at the Antietam Radio Association in Hagerstown, MD and he taught me all about how to be a polite, yet effective contester at Field Day.


Jim Stanicek, AG3Y (SK)



Page Pyne, WA3EOP


Jack Sharkey, III, KA3RJL, son of the late Jack Sharkey, Jr., N1JFJ and Jack Sharkey, the World Heavyweight Champion in the 1930's, is my partner in Ham Radio crime (No Trespassing means what it says – Hi Hi). Jack is the "real deal" and I count it an honor to call him my friend.


Jack Sharkey, KA3RJL and I at the Timonium Hamfest



I look forward to meeting YOU on the air someday soon!

73 and God bless,

Dave N3ZPC

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