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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-British Isles Endorsement
  • IOTA-West Indies Endorsement
  • 2013 RSGB IOTA Contest (SOA-MIX-HP) (77th Place)
  • 2014 RSGB IOTA Contest (SOU-MIX-HP) (39th Place)
  • WPX-Mixed
  • WPX-CW
  • WPX-SSB
  • WPX-Digital
  • WPX-15M Endorsement
  • WPX-20M Endorsement
  • WPX-10M 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)
  • 2014 ARRL RTTY RU (WPA-SO-HP) (2nd Place)
  • 2013 CQWW RTTY (SO-LP-10M) (1st Place)
  • 2014 CQWW RTTY (SO-LP-15M) (?? ?????)

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 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
  • Autek Research WM-1 computing wattmeter
  • Icom SP-20 external speaker
  • Heil Proset Elite 6
  • K8RA P-4 Brass Iambic paddle
  • Hamcrafters WKUSB-SMT electronic keyer
  • 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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