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.