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Joan Patrie

Seattle 98102
United States, WA

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Call data

Last update:2021-10-14 03:27:10
QTH:Downtown Seattle, small.spins.wizard
Main prefix:K
Federal state:WA
US county:King
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:3985080

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2021-10-05 07:24:54
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES


SKCC 22447 • Fists 20069 • ‘Joan’ on Phone; ‘Jn’ on CW :)

I can’t have an outside antenna at my apartment in downtown Seattle, and this severely limits my home QTH HF possibilities

BUT, I have an Elecraft KX2, and so I have been able to get on HF by going portable from city parks and off-grid campsites

My first love is CW. However, recently (these past few years, cooped-up in this downtown Seattle apartment) I've been experimenting with other weak signal modes like PSK31, THOR, Feld Hell, and other ‘free running’ radio teletype modes

I’ve installed the KXAT2 internal antenna tuner, and it works like a charm! I’ll never give up my roller inductor transmatch (the MFJ-969 T-match which I use with my Century/21), but the ATU is such a breeze!

I got a SideKar+ so I can type on a QWERTY keyboard without needing to lug a computer around with me camping! I wanted to be able to use the QWERTY keyboard for PSK31 (although it does also mean that, on a bad fist day, I can use it to type CW as well). I love that my KX2 has PSK and RiTTY codecs in its firmware

EDUCATION: Bachelor in Philosophy, History, and Design. Bilingual: English und Deutsch

MILITARY SERVICE: 67 November [UH-1H Iroqois ‘Huey’ helicopter mechanic and air crew] in the US Army in the late ’70s. In early ’80s; served in USN as Opticalman [now a sub-specialty within the Fire Control Technician rating] with TDYs as Yeoman; sea time aboard USS Puget Sound, AD-38 (then Flagship of the 6th Fleet, on the Med). I’m a Veteran with 50% service-connected disability

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: worked 1988 season with the National Park Service as a scientific photographer on Isle Royale Nat'l Park

Volunteer as recovery coach and peer facilitator at Recovery Café in Seattle. Also involved in advocating solutions for homelessness and for reforms to the military justice process to redress the growing problem of military sexual trauma

I’ve been writing memoir and speculative fiction and have two folk harps: a nylon-strung Dusty Strings Ravenna 34 [2019], and my clàrsach [pronounced “CLAIR-atch”], a custom-built Heartland Harps Lyra 25 strung with phosphor bronze and steel [1995]


HF transceivers: Elecraft KX2 all mode, 12~10w (all modes) 80~10m [w/accessories, e.g: QRPworks SideKar+]
Ten•Tec Century/21 model 570 CW 30~25w 80~10m (sans WARC) [+MFJ iambic keyer w/sinusoidal siedetone]
Heathkit AT-1 CW Novice transmitter
Hallicrafters S-38 ‘low performance’ HF receiver
Navaho TRC-490 11m SSB 12w PEP
various QRP CW xcvrs (NorCal20, YouKit40, TunaTin2, Pixie), keyers, paddles, vintage keys, etc

VHF HTs: two Yaesu FT-25 2m FM; an Anytone 878 2m/70cm DMR; Wouxun 6m/2m FM and 2m/125cm FM
VHF base/mobile: Alinco DR-06T 6m FM/dataTNC; ICOM IC-25 2m FM

HF Antennas: MFJ-2289 BigEar telescoping V-dipole (w/Ganella-type transmission-line 1:4 balun) 40~6m; Chameleon EmComm III end-fed tactical 80~6m, a QRP mag loop 80~15m; Elecraft AX-1 40~12m; 40m wire dipole

Microphones: many

Software platforms: iMac [2011]; Mac mini [2014]; iPad mini2 [2015]; MacBook Air [2019]; Raspberry π Linux

Test equipment: RigExpert AA-600 antenna analyzer; MFJ-894 HF/VHF/UHF dual VSWR meter; Hitachi oscilloscope V-1065A 100 MHz dual axis; 0~30 V current limiting bench PS, various VOMs, etc, some vintage

Battery power: three 14v 7 AHr lithium ferro-phosphate; two 11v 2.4 AHr lithium ion; various other lithium and nickel metal-hydride

Photovoltaics: two 20w panels; one 5 w panel; a QRPworks SolMate low RF noise 25w charge controller

Transportation/mobile operation: Joan-brew 36v eBike

Books and documentation: compendious ;)


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