All my friends know me as "Pete"
I was a teenage ham radio operator: I got my novice ticket in 1973, when I was in the 7th grade.
Was a high school athlete (Football, Track and Tennis) and played Rugby in college.
I studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, and Computer Science at Missouri Western in Saint Joseph, MO.
I work for a large Insurance Company in Information Technology. In my free time I love cycling, tennis, running, video games and playing guitar. I'm a lifelong baseball fan - in fact listening to Royals baseball games on an old radio with glowing tubes was how I got interested in radio as a 9 year-old fan.
I'm a veteran of the "Upgrade or Else" era of Novice Licensing, and have held two other calls - WNØLCW and WBØLCW. My first rig was a DX-40 and a Gonset G-66 receiver, used to come home from school to hit 40 meters, rockbound. Had to throw three switches to go from receive to send (and again to get back). I upgraded to General in 1975, and Advanced in 1987. After 25 years as an Advanced Class I took and passed my Amateur Extra Class exam at the Dayton Hamvention in 2012. I moved to the shorter call of NSØD in January 2013.
I live in Independence, Missouri, very close to the house I grew up in, and to the Harry S Truman Presidential Library. I have been in and out of Ham Radio several times, never letting my license lapse. I was President of the University of Arkansas Amateur Radio Club (W5YM) for two terms in 1979 and 1980, and was on the board of the now defunct Kansas City Amateur Radio Club in the late 1980's. I once was Field Day Chairman (yeah, it was fun!).
My current equipment includes an Icom IC-7300, Kenwood TS-590S, a Kenwood TS-480SAT, and a FlexRadio 3000 for HF, using an Ameritron AL-80B amp when needed. HF antennas used are an NA4RR Hex Beam, a Cushcraft R-7, and various wire antennas including: a 75m doublet; 40/20/15 parallel dipole; a 30m Dipole; and a 20m/15m full-wave Delta loop. For VHF I have a 2m/220/440 vertical at about 50 feet that gives me nice coverage from my location at about 1100 feet elevation. I've been known to frequent D-Star, using a DV-Dongle and an ID-51a, with accompanying 440 MHz DVAP. I have a few RTL dongles to use as SDRs and have been known to compile a program or two in just about every language.
My Ham Radio activities include Contests, DXing, Digital Modes, VHF FM, building antennas and kits, and Nets. I'll be at the Dayton Hamvention in May of 2017 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. You can find me at the HamTwit meetup and at the Contest Super Suite and the KCDXC CW Pileup Competition, both in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton.
I'm married with two sons, neither of which has any interest in any of the things I like (except baseball), which is fine.
You can follow me on twitter under username @ns0d (clever, right?).
I was worth 5 points as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner in the ARRL Centennial QSO party.
QSL via the following (in order of preference) - LOTW, eQSL, Direct or Bureau.
I upload all QSLs to the LOTW, eQSL and HRDnet. I will QSL 100% to direct QSLs, no postage necessary.
I leave you with this, the Amateur's Code via the ARRL, 1998:
The Amateur is:
CONSIDERATE. . . never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL. . . he offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE. . . with knowledge abreast of science, well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.
FRIENDLY. . .slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.
BALANCED. . . Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to his family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC. . . station and skill always ready for the service to country and community.
To search for a contact with my old call of WB0LCW, follow this link:https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/WB0LCW
The TS-590S Resources Page ~~~ The one-stop source of information on the Kenwood TS-590S.
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