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



My 100 Watts and a Wire ID is 414


As of 2/10/2016, I have (FINALLY) caught up on ALL paper QSL's sent directly to me. If you did not get a return QSL card from me, I didn't get yours.  PSE send again. It was very expensive to send out all that mail and going forward I ask for SASE with any DX direct QSL request. U.S. QSL request policy is 'send one get one' - no SASE required.


My 100 Watts and a Wire ID is #414 

For the next 3 years or so, I will ocasionally operate K5RHD/0 from South Dakota  Grid: EN12MS.  In 2015, I operated from November 23-27 and December 21-January 1, 2016.  I will update online logs to reflect this once I figure out how. My wife is going to law school at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  We have a small house up there and I now have a full size G5RV up about 60 feet in the trees. It points directly east-west so I am not sure how I will be getting out to the coasts. 

I acheived Mountain Goat Status in the SOTA promgram on August 29th, 2015. I am Goat #NA30

Picture above is from W5N/SE-027

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 the 3-5 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. In 2014, I got DXCC mixed.  Not bad for about 2 years of being on the air! YOU CAN GET DXCC using just LoTW-I got it 100% electronic with NO paper. PLEASE CONSIDER USING LoTW!

As of 8/31/12, I am the proud owner of an Elecraft KX3 with SN:1383. I love QRP, it is really rewardig to get a good solid QSO with someone on 5 to 15 watts!  When I am at home, I most often can be heard using JT65/9 on 80-10M During the day, I run WSPR on 20M and while sleeping at night 30M.

When operating SOTA, I use a 33' wire attached to a EARCHI matchbox. With the KX3 internal batteries, and that antenna, I can operate from virtually anywhere and be completely setup in about 10 minutes or less. 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 a TM-D710G in my Jeep with a Browning 38" 2M/440 NMO whip. 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.  If you are ever in the Albuquerque area, tune to 146.58 simplex and give me a shout.  Lots of good people on that freq.

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 RAV4 for a more trail ready vehicle. I now have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler-will try to get a pic here soon. I have my TM-D710G in it. 



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





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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K5RHD
Latest Contacts for K5RHD at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KH6CE 2016-08-28 20m SSB BL11BI Hawaii Emergency Amateur Radio Club
RG4F 2016-08-28 20m SSB LO33HC Russia Andy Belov
WH7W 2016-08-28 20m SSB BL11CG Hawaii MARK S GERBER
W9KKN 2016-08-27 20m JT65 CM87 United States WILLIAM D FEHRING
KK7UQ 2016-08-27 40m JT9 CN88 United States Clinton J Hurd
W6IA/7 2016-08-27 40m JT65 CN94 United States MARK SAYRE
KJ6UD 2016-08-27 40m JT9 DM03 United States DARRYL Y SUE
CA3ECM 2016-08-27 40m JT65 FF46 Chile EDUARDO CARREÑ
N2IEL 2016-08-27 40m JT65 FN21 United States NIEL E MELENDY, SR
AA7VA 2016-08-27 40m JT9 DN40 United States BARTON E VAN ALLEN
K4VD 2016-08-27 40m JT9 FM08 United States Kevin der Kinderen
W8LMG 2016-08-27 40m JT65 EM98 United States LIONEL M GRAY, JR
N7WSQ 2016-08-27 40m JT65 DN13 United States TIM A HENDERSON

Book Totals: 6410 qso's   2420 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#2621
Granted: 2016-07-20 23:26:02   (K5RHD)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#332
Granted: 2015-01-15 17:45:59   (K5RHD)

  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 12 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 12 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Award#47
Granted: 2015-01-15 17:45:55   (K5RHD)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#321
Granted: 2015-01-15 17:45:48   (K5RHD)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
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