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I am just beginning to work CW, and am enjoying it immensely.  Please be patient when working me.

I became a novice in 1967 as WN9IHI, transmitting CW at a blistering speed of 5 WPM; however with no local club or Elmer for motivation, my interest in radio soon waned and my license expired.

After rearing four incredible children and having several career changes I settled down in Carlisle, PA with the wife of my youth, and amongst other things re-pursued ham radio. I passed the General exam in 2010 and became KB3VAX and eventually, got my Extra ticket. Praise God! I am sure glad that is over.

Currently I am the president of South Mountain Radio Amateurs, n3twt.org and their CVE  administering examinations for W5YI.  SMRA is a dynamic and growing club with over 100 members, many who participate in the monthly meetings, nets and activities.  Just recently we hosted PARC (Pennsylvania Area Radio Conference) in Carlisle, designed to bring good radio presentations and speakers into central Pennsylvania. As a prelude to our next project, SMRA has begun a Morse Code Net, with the purpose to teach “real world Morse Code communication."  This is not a sit and copy format, but is designed to teach communication skills using current CW language, abbreviations, short cuts and pro-signs, on our 145.43 repeater Tuesday evenings at 8 PM. Of course this will lead into the next phase of building a 5 watt CW QRP rig.  The foremat includes learning theroy and building skills as we "build from scratch" a nice looking QRP rig.  


Ham radio is just plain fun, interesting and an excellent way to spend quality time with good people. The diverse interests and skills of most Hams in this group are remarkable.  

What an enjoyable way to spend an evening when it is just you, your radio and the ionosphere!  Life, sure is good, I am blessed.                                   


Below is my antenna farm, consisting of a US Tower TX-438 with a Mosley TA-33Jr and a 2 m and 70 cm Yagi’s             

The Mosley does a fine job on the 20, 15 and 10 meter bands

(by the way, the Mosley is 53 years old!!)


Atop my home is the DXCC by Alpha Delta Communications.  This is a nice working multi-band dipole.  I highly recomend it. 


Free counters!


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KB3VAX
Latest Contacts for KB3VAX at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
WA3EWK 2015-07-21 2m FM FM29dq United States Robert Averitt
W7DGZ 2015-07-18 20m JT9 DN06ah United States MALCOLM G WOLFE
US7KC 2015-07-09 20m JT9 KO21wi Ukraine Alexander V. Dragunov
VK4ZPU 2015-07-09 20m JT65 Australia Colin J Nightingale
WX7MB 2015-07-09 20m JT65 DM12ku United States Mark A Bales
KE7II 2015-07-09 20m JT65 DN13uo United States Benjamin R Isla
YO2LAU 2015-07-09 20m JT65 KN05wh Romania LIVIU PETREA
WV7T 2015-07-09 20m JT65 DM78ou United States Michael L Anderson
K2G 2015-06-30 20m SSB United States James Stafford
K2J 2015-06-30 20m SSB FM05tp United States 13 Colonies Special Event - North Carolina
K2L 2015-06-30 20m SSB EM93xc United States 13 Original Colonies Special Event - South Carolina Stations
K2B 2015-06-30 20m SSB United States 13 Colonies Special Event
K2I 2015-06-30 40m SSB United States 13 Colonies - New Jersey Special Event
K2C 2015-06-30 40m SSB FN41gq United States 13 Colonies Special Event Station
KI7RM 2015-06-22 20m JT65 CN85qk United States ALLEN D BURRELL

Book Totals: 1437 qso's   341 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#671
Granted: 2015-01-17 17:04:28

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
  • 20 Meters Digital
Grid Squared Award#625
Granted: 2015-01-17 17:04:26

  • Mixed Phone
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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