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If you are interested in my May 2013 QST article called "Adding Frequency Shift Keying to the TigerTronics SignaLink USB", you can purchase the FSKit PCB from Far Circuits. You can purchase the programmed Atmel ATtiny45 microcontroller from me. I will accept a check, money order or send money via PayPal. Contact me for my PayPal email address. The cost is $7.50 via USA or $12.50 outside USA. Visit my WB3LHD web site for additional information.

I was always interested in electronics and graduated from Electronic Institute in Pittsburgh in 1969. I got my Technician license in February of 1978 at the Federal Building downtown. In 1979 I upgraded to Advanced taking the exam at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in the Oakland district. In 1989 I upgraded to Extra Class taking the exam (20 WPM) at the Penn State campus in McKeesport. I have retained the same callsign WB3LHD since the beginning.

My first working ham station was in December 1978. My receiver was a National NC-303 and the transmitter was a homebrew 40/80M 35W that I built from the 1969 ARRL handbook. The antenna was a random wire with a homebrew transmatch. I got the DX bug in 1989 after purchasing my first cubical quad antenna (Lightning Bolt) and achieved Mixed Honor Roll 4 years later. My present quad antenna's (pictured above) are a Cubex Mark II, 5-band 20-10M and a Cubex Bumble Bee 6M quad. My main interest is still chasing DX on 160-6 meters, using SSB, CW, JT65, PSK31 and RTTY. I need to work 3 more entities to achieve my final goal of DXCC #1.

I was a member and the Webmaster for the Western PA DX Association. I have been a member of the ARRL since 1978 and was an Official Observer "OO" for the ARRL Amateur Auxiliary. I was the QSL Manager for the USS Requin Submarine-NY3EC docked in the Ohio River at the Carnegie Science Center. I'm now semi-retired working as an RF Engineering Technician at GigaHertz LLC. I am the president and QSL manager for the GigaHertz Radio Club-K3ITS.

Some of my most memorable events were building my first CW transmitter, working Bouvet Island-3Y5X through my first mega pile-up and visiting ARRL HQ-W1AW in 1994.

Awards:

  • DXCC-Mixed (Honor Roll)
  • DXCC-CW
  • DXCC-Phone
  • DXCC-RTTY
  • DXCC-10 Meters
  • DXCC-12 Meters
  • DXCC-15 Meters
  • DXCC-17 Meters
  • DXCC-20 Meters
  • DXCC-40 Meters
  • DXCC-80 Meters
  • DXCC-Challenge (1500)
  • 5BDXCC
  • WAS-CW
  • WAS-RTTY
  • WAZ-Mixed
  • WAC-CW
  • WAC-Phone
  • WAC-RTTY
  • IOTA-400 Islands
  • IOTA-EU Endorsement
  • IOTA-NA Endorsement
  • IOTA-OC Endorsement
  • IOTA-West Indies Endorsement
  • 2013 RSGB IOTA Contest (SOA-MIX-HP) (77th Place World Wide)
  • WPX-Mixed
  • WPX-CW
  • WPX-SSB
  • WPX-15M Endorsement
  • WPX-AF Endorsement
  • WPX-AS Endorsement
  • WPX-EU Endorsement
  • WPX-NA Endorsement
  • WPX-OC Endorsement
  • 2012 ARRL RTTY RU (WPA-SO-HP) (1st Place)
  • 2013 ARRL RTTY RU (WPA-SO-HP) (1st Place)
  • 2013 CQWW RTTY (SO-LP-10M) (1st Place)

Equipment:

  • Icom IC-756 Pro II transceiver with INRAD 4KHz roofing filter
  • BetterRF I-Mate
  • Ameritron AL-1500 amplifier with ARB-074 interface buffer
  • Cubex MK II 5-band 2-element HF cubical quad antenna
  • Cubex Bumble Bee 2-element 6M quad antenna
  • DX-Engineering DXE-FCC50-H05-A feedline current balun
  • DX-Engineering RR8A-HP remote antenna switch with CC-8A controller
  • TigerTronics SignaLink USB with FSKit (FSK RTTY)
  • ARS 30M dipole at 75' with W2DU choke balun
  • ViewSonic VP100 computer (1.6 GHz XP/SP3)
  • Yaesu G-800SA rotator
  • Autek Research WM-1 computing wattmeter
  • Icom SP-20 external speaker
  • Heil Proset Elite 6
  • K8RA P-4 Brass Iambic paddle
  • Heathkit SA-2040 antenna tuner
  • Yaesu FT-212RH 2M FM transceiver
  • Hamsource 12VDC EZ Power Strip
  • Restored 1949 Hallicrafters S-40A SW Receiver
  • Win-EQF logging software
  • N3FJP VHF contest software
  • Custom QSL card printed by GG Graphics

 

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