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Greetings, and thanks for visiting.

I use my nicname: Nate.  I have an amateur radio-related blog over at http://n0pcl.blogspot.com.  Check it out.  Posting there is sporadic but I occasionally update it.

My interests in amateur radio lie with SOTA, DXing, paper-chasing, and some of the technical aspects radio.  I enjoy building wire antennas and small projects.  I like 6 meters, too--I spend lots of time on that band during Es season.  I work phone, CW, and digital modes (PSK and JT modes)

My home station is built around an Elecraft K3S with most of the bells and whistles.  I have it connected to an LP-Pan 2 to provide a panadaptor display.  I run the K3Suite of software, along with HRD for most of my logging and digital mode operations.  My antennas aren't elaborate--a hidden ground plane vertical fed with window line that the K3S can somehow match from 160-6 meters and a fan dipole in the attic.  I'd really like some better antennas but HOA restrictions stop me.  I also keep an FT-2900 usually tuned to 146.52.














I also do a lot of portable operations--mostly for SOTA.  For that, I have a well-used FT-817ND with a CW filter, an aftermarket WindCamp battery, and a Palm Mini Key.  I've used a number of portable antennas.  I have a trail-friendly Par EndFedz 40-20-10 end-fed wire, which is just great.  I've also used an EARCHI end-fed wire, and with the help of my LDG Z-817 tuner, I've managed to have contacts on all bands from 80-6 meters while on SOTA summits.  I like the frequency agility that brings me.  I've also used an MP-1D SuperAntenna, though I think it's a bit heavy for what you get.  I also carry a Yaesu VX-8DR with the GPS unit, so you can often see me use APRS.  The combination of antennas, the 817, and the VX-8 have allowed me to have SOTA QSOs on all bands from 80 meters through 70 cm, using CW, SSB, and FM.  Not bad.

QSLing:  I will reply to QSLs in batch, but not often.  I tend to update LOTW every day I operate, though.  It's my preferred method.

SKCC: 12204. NAQCC: 7232.  100WattsID:  1496.

I was originally licensed as N0PCL over in the early 1990s. Initially I operated mainly on 2 Meter FM using a Yaesu FT-411E, an aluminum J-Pole antenna, and a 5 element vertically-polarized yagi. I spent a good chuck of time talking with my friends: N0OKA, N0OPC, N0PCC, and KB0JGG, all on the 145.31 N0JVR repeater in St. Paul, MN. Later, other committments entered my life (high school, university, military service), so I fell away from the hobby, but I always renewed my license when the time came.  Later I rediscovered the hobby in earnest, and I enjoy it a great deal.
Additional facts: I'm an active-duty US Marine Corps officer. I am a Green Bay Packers fan and shareholder, and am an alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nate N0PCL

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