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I have always been interested in radios and electronics and graduated from Electronic Institute in Pittsburgh in 1969. I became interested in ham radio and received my Technician license with the help from my Elmer, Joe Patrick-WN3YVF (W3KWZ) in February of 1978 at the Federal Building in downtown Pittsburgh. 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 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. I upgraded later to a Johnson Viking Ranger. The antenna was a random wire with a homebrew transmatch. I got the DX bug in 1989 after purchasing my first cubical quad antenna, a Lightning Bolt 2-element dual band 15-10M, and achieved Mixed Honor Roll 4 years later. My present quad antenna's (pictured above) are a Cubex Mark II, 2-element 5-band 20-10M and a Cubex Bumble Bee 2-element 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 am a member of the Six Meter International Radio Klub (SMIRK) #6985. 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, visiting ARRL HQ-W1AW in 1994 and operating as W1AW/3 in the 2014 ARRL 100th year Centennial Celebration.


  • DXCC-Mixed (Honor Roll), CW, Phone, RTTY, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 40, 80, Challenge (1500+), 5BDXCC
  • WAS-CW, Phone, RTTY, Triple Play
  • WAZ-Mixed
  • WAC-CW, Phone, RTTY
  • IOTA-400+ Islands
  • WPX-Mixed, CW, SSB, Digital
  • 2012 ARRL RTTY RU (WPA-SO-HP) (1st Place)
  • 2013 ARRL RTTY RU (WPA-SO-HP) (1st Place)
  • 2014 ARRL RTTY RU (WPA-SO-HP) (2nd Place)
  • 2013 CQWW RTTY (SO-LP-10M) (1st Place)
  • 2014 CQWW RTTY (SO-LP-15M) (1st Place)


  • Icom IC-756 Pro II transceiver with INRAD 4KHz roofing filter
  • Icom PS-125 DC power supply
  • BetterRF I-Mate
  • Ameritron AL-1500 amplifier with ARB-074 interface buffer
  • Heathkit SB-1000 amplifier 6M monoband conversion
  • Cubex MK II 5-band 2-element HF cubical quad antenna
  • Cubex Bumble Bee 2-element 6M cubical 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
  • Daiwa CN-801HP 1.8-200 MHz SWR/Wattmeter
  • Icom SP-20 external speaker w/filters
  • Heil Proset Elite 6
  • K8RA P-4 Brass Iambic paddle
  • Hamcrafters WKUSB-SMT WinKey electronic keyer
  • Heathkit SA-2040 antenna tuner
  • Yaesu FT-212RH 2M FM transceiver
  • Yaesu VX-2 HT
  • Hamsource 12VDC EZ Power Strip
  • ElectronicsUSA CK-1000K LED digital wall clock
  • CyberPower 1000AVR UPS
  • Emergency backup battery power
  • Westinghouse WH7500E 7500-9000W emergency backup generator
  • Win-EQF logging software
  • N3FJP VHF contest logging software
  • N1MM+ HF contest logging software
  • Custom QSL card printed by GG Graphics

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WB3LHD
Latest Contacts for WB3LHD at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
E6GG 2015-09-19 20M CW AH50BW Niue SIX-G DX-PED GROUP
V26K 2015-09-18 20M CW FN20EI Antigua and Barbuda JOSEPH TRENCH
P40ER 2015-09-16 17M RTTY FK42XN Aruba EDWARD M. REYNOLDS
K2LIM 2015-09-13 6M SSB FN12MG United States LIM AMATEUR RADIO GROUP
K8EP 2015-09-13 6M SSB FM19FK United States EASTERN PANHANDLE ARC
W3PAW 2015-09-12 6M SSB FM19AW United States PAUL A WACHTER
AK4BB 2015-08-02 6M JT65 EM83CL United States GEORGE D WALDROP
KC2QII 2015-08-02 6M JT65 EM92XW United States JAVIER D FERNANDEZ
WD0BGZ 2015-08-02 6M SSB EN00KR United States ALAN D WEDIGE
VE3EDY 2015-07-26 6M JT65 EN83UA Canada LARRY R PARKER
WV4V 2015-07-21 6M SSB EL88 United States BRIAN W TREADWELL
KM4ID 2015-07-05 6M JT65 EM92VX United States MICHAEL F ABBOTT

Book Totals: 8046 qso's   3651 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#625
Granted: 2015-02-14 20:05:02   (WB3LHD)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#1349
Granted: 2015-01-23 19:13:31   (WB3LHD)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#1229
Granted: 2015-01-23 19:13:30   (WB3LHD)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Phone
  • 20 Meters Digital
DX World Award#350
Granted: 2015-01-23 19:13:29   (WB3LHD)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
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