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My given name is Randolph but I prefer to be called Randy.

You might be here because of a QSO during a Summits on the Air activation. SOTA is a lot of fun. A great way to stay active AND enjoy this great hobby.

During Field Day 2013, I got inspired by my club's digital station and dove into PSK and JT65 digital modes and when I am at my QTH, I almost exclusively operate digital modes. I find it easier and more fun to add contacts to my log. Shouting repeatedly into a pile up using a compromised antenna (due to yard size, and neighbors, etc) until I am blue in the face is frustrating and not a lot of fun (to me). If propagation is good and there is a rare DX entity on the air, I will change my KX3 config to SSB and try to make the contact.

I now am set up with LOTW and upload frequently, usually the3-5 times a week. I upload to eQSL but do not maintain any QSL's there because of the horrible interface-I do it only for the benefit of you and not me. Please QSL on LoTW or direct. I will SASE for special event stations only, otherwise you send me one, I send you one.

As of 8/31/12, I am the proud owner of an Elecraft KX3 with SN:1383. I can usually be found calling CQ on most of the QRP calling frequencies from 6-40 meters. I love QRP, it is really rewarding to get a good solid QSO with someone on 5 or 10 watts!

12/27/13 My HF antennas are as follows: SteppIR BigIR vertical with 80/60M coil along withwith 70 radials rannging from 80 feet to 12 feet and totalling 1,300 feet of total wire on the ground. So far, it is working well for me. I have worked some great DX despite the fact that it is a vertical. It is pretty quiet because my neighborhood has underground powerlines and there are not a lot of overhead high voltage lines to deal with. I also recently acquired a Pixel RX Magnetic loop and run it with the BigIR on my KX3 in diversity mode.

When operating SOTA, I use random wires-41',58', or 84', with tuned radials for the bands I am activating with or the EARCHI match box with a 31 foot wire. With the KX3 internal batteries, and that antenna, I can operate from virtually anywhere and be completely setup in about 10 minutes. Insta-shack! 

I have a Yaesu VX-8GR HT that I do APRS both hiking (SOTA)and on my bicycle or in my car using my Kenwood TM-D710G for mobile dedicated APRS. I may be at home and not moving at all. PLEASE NOTE THAT MY APRS DESIGNATOR NUMBERS HAVE CHANGED TO REFLECT PROPER PROTOCOL AND BEST APRS PRACTICES.

I run anTM-D710G in my car with a Comet 38" 2M/440 whip. It is mounted with a K400S and works well. I also have a FT-8800 sometimes running crossband repeat from 446.68 to/from 146.58 in the shack sitting next to the KX3. It is hooked to a Diamond X50A.

Here is my OA-50 and the Diamond X50a:

 

As I have gotten more into Summits on the Air, I decided to trade the Toyota Yaris for a more trail ready vehicle. Behold! The 2013 RAV4. As of 5/5/13, I have my APRS tracker and my ID-880h in it. The pic is from a SOTA expedition on summit W5N/CO-008. Yes, with only about 375, miles on it, Iwas out getting it dirty.

 

 

I have a blog and occasionally post to it.Stop by, or don't. HI HI

 

Oh, and in case you were wondering I have The Knack

73

 

/randy

 

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