Welcome to my Ham Radio Page
My radio story, the abbreviated version...
I got started in Radio when I was in high school
and found myself studying electronics and becoming fascinated with
radio. In the late 1980's I discovered DX using SSB on my CB and was
hooked from there on, studying and experimenting trying to improve the
antenna systems I had for my CB.
In 1996, some years after getting my degree in electronics I discovered
amateur radio and got my license in Minnesota, thus my call sign, N0USR
which I've held onto as I've moved around the country.
My first “ticket” was a Technician Plus class license. I had fun with 10
meters for a while, spent a lot of time listening to other HF bands,
learning more about RF propagation, and building antennas. At the same
time my career as computer network administrator started taking off. As
I discovered the hard way it consumed me for many years during which I
had less and less time for radio (or much else).
Many years later, I found my partner, moved to north Idaho, and started
to settle down. Having our own house and room to put up antennas as well
as more time, I dug my radios out of the attic and started dabbling
again. Shortly after, on my 33rd birthday, I opened one of my presents
to find an ICOM 706 mobile HF rig staring back at me. I think it was all
of a few hours before I committed myself to getting my general class
license. Three weeks later we flew out to Hartford, Connecticut on a
business trip. In the evening of the very same day I took a tour of the
ARRL headquarters in Newington I successfully upgraded my license.
For so many years I had listened to hams talking across the HF bands and
I could finally, truly join them. It was kind of funny really, for 2 or
3 days after upgrading to my general class license I was so nervous I
couldn't bring myself to grab the mic and call CQ. After we returned
home I finally worked up enough courage and had my first QSO on 20
These days I still enjoy experimenting with different antennas and
installations for portable, mobile, and base stations, experimenting
with various emergency power systems, and have recently rediscovered QRP.
I also enjoy dabbling in some of the digital modes from time to time.
My partner, KE7BKE and I have been involved in several ARES/RACES
organizations, Sky Warn, as well as the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We’ve
both had a lot of interest in these groups and really enjoy getting
involved. Through them we’ve met a lot of great people and gotten a
chance to work communications for events like the Ironman Triathalon in
In April of 2007 after studying for about a month
I upgraded to the Amateur Extra Class in Selah, WA. Studying for the
exam was kind of fun as it drew heavily on the electronics courses I
took in high school and college.
When I'm on you can usually find me monitoring
The Noon Time Net on 7.2685Mhz
LSB in the morning thru mid afternoon (PST). Towards evening I'll
usually be on 3.97Mhz LSB with the
Northwest Country Cousins net where I am member number 1523 (Tammy
is 1527). Later in the evening you can sometimes find me on the
Western Country Cousins net where I am member number 2330.
Looking forward to many QSO’s to come;
73's de N0USR (Trish)