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WELCOME TO THE HOME PAGE OF AMATEUR RADIO STATION N3SL

 

THE N3SL STORY: I was first licensed in 1963 as WN4MKG while in high school in Richmond, Virginia, and I stayed active until medical school took its toll on anything resembling free time or recreation. After graduating from the Medical College of Virginia in 1973, I went into the service of Uncle Sam. It was while stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, that I got back into ham radio under the original vanity program as N3SL in 1978.

This time I stuck with it, almost exclusively on CW and RTTY, through various Army assignments with activity centered on rag chewing, some DXing, and an occasional foray into contesting - mainly the CW Sweepstakes. It was not until my return from assignment in Germany in 1990 and becoming associated with the Mile-Hi DX Association in Denver that the DXing (and contesting) bug bit hard. I then had 186 countries worked, and 156 confirmed for basic DXCC. Just over three years later, in 1994, I had confirmed 5BDXCC and Honor Roll.

At that point in time, I had only 128 countries confirmed on phone, so I dusted off the mic and began working SSB. By April 2003, I had confirmed 9BDXCC, 9BWAZ, 9BWAS, and had achieved Honor Roll on CW, RTTY, and SSB. With the surprise activation of VU4 in December 2004, I finally had them all - a goal I often thought impossible to attain. In July 2016, J79XE provided #100 on 6 meters (took 4 years from Iowa) for 10BDXCC; and in August 2016 OH1ND provided #101 on 6m AND #3000 for the DX Challenge (after losing 9 slots with the deletion of KH5K).

While reaching "Top of the Honor Roll" certainly was a challenge, the highlight of my ham career was my participation in the 2001 3B6RF expedition. I have a page devoted to it here, and you can visit the official web page as well.

Status as of March 2017:

Mixed

CW

Digital

SSB

Totals

339

338

338

339

Need

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P5

BS7

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160

80

40

30

20

17

15

12

10

6

Challenge

Confirmed

259

316

336

336

338

334

336

331

329

102

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