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2014 CQ DX Marathon 15 Meters Plaque

 


Greetings from Northeastern Pennsylvania! When I am on the air you will almost always find me on the low bands chasing DX.

Located in a river valley, precisely 2,817 feet (0.859 km) from the borders of PA, NY, and NJ, and at approximately 430 feet (131 m) ASL, K2CD is situated on a very small corner lot (50' x 125'), and thus challenged in regard to antennas. Current antennas include a Mosley TA33-M up at 40 feet on a free-standing aluminum tower, a 12 m/17 m rotatable dipole, and a full sized G5RV installed as a flat-top at 40 feet. 

In late 2016 I purchased a new Yaesu FTDX-3000 to use as my main transceiver.  It was quite a learning curve for me, with no less than 196 menu options, and far fewer discrete knobs compared to the venerable FT-920 pictured above, but now that I am getting familiar with it, I'm really loving its capabilities and interference eliminating features.  Compared to anything I have owned before, its receiver performance is truly outstanding.  I recently added the optional XF-126CN 300Hz CW Roofing filter, and DVS-6 Voice memory unit.  I purchased the FT-920 in August of 2002, and over the past 14 years it has certainly proven its worth.  I therefore have no plans of parting with it, and it will serve as the back-up rig.

A new (to me) solid-state amplifier has also been added to the station: a Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.5KFX with remote bandswitching from the FTDX-3000.  Being able to switch bands as it follows the radio and be QRV instantly anywhere from 6 m - 160 m is a beautiful thing indeed!

Last but not least, I recently acquired a Kessler/Palstar AT-AUTO tuner.  All I can say is "WOW"!  An absolute rock-solid piece of gear, that I trust will last for many years.  I haven't yet got it interfaced to work with the FTDX-3000 in full autonomous mode, but it is still plenty fast working in "semi-automatic" mode, where I initiate the tuning with a carrier and the press of a button when needed.  So much more convenient than having to jockey three very touchy tuning knobs and often still be unsure if I really have the optimum combination of settings.  This tuner removes all the guesswork from the equation and finds the most efficient match every time, then memorizes the settings for nearly instantaneous future recall.

I have older Ten-Tec Centurion 422 (2x 3-500z) and Ameritron AL-811H "hollow-state" amplifiers on the shelf for back-up use if needed.

The main keying device is a Bencher BY-1 Iambic paddle, and for SSB I prefer using a Heil Pro-Set Plus headset in the "Full Range" position (HC-5 element).  A couple of Astron power supplies: an SS-30M switcher, and an RS-35M power the transceivers and accessories.

Some other transceivers I have owned over the years include two (2) Kenwood TS-940S/AT, a Kenwood TS-850S/AT, and a Kenwood TS-440S/AT.  I prefer radios with lots of knobs and buttons.  I've adjusted to the FTDX-3000 despite this, thanks in part to my logging software suite (DXLab) which allows me to assign many of the menu controls to clickable buttons and sliders within the rig "Commander" application.  Many thanks to David Bernstein, AA6YQ for the fantastic free software and support!

First licensed in 1991 as a Technician with HF (later to be known as "Tech Plus"), I was issued the call sign N3KFN. Three months later I earned a General class ticket.  Advanced class, and then finally Amateur Extra class, were earned over the course of the following year. On November 4th, 1996, I was issued the call sign K2CD, which I opted for through the Vanity call sign program.

Though I do enjoy occasional ragchewing, my primary interests are working DX, and Contesting, and after nearly a 25 year hiatus, I am re-exploring the digital modes.  I am very seldom on VHF or UHF, mainly on account of my location which is not very conducive to line of sight propagation.

Other interests of mine include Geocaching, Photography, and building computers.

Worked DXCC Totals:
347 Entities Mixed
Mixed: 347 - SSB: 346 - CW: 339 - RTTY: 143 (Includes Deleted Entities)
 
Confirmed DXCC Totals:
339 of 340 Current Entities Mixed
346 of 347 All Time Entities Mixed (Includes Deleted Entities)
Mixed: 346 - SSB: 345 - CW: 334 - RTTY: 121 (Includes Deleted Entities)
Mixed: 339 - SSB: 338 - CW: 329 - RTTY: 121 (Excludes Deleted Entities)
 
Best PAQP Effort to Date:
Year: 2002
Class: Single Op. Med Pwr (150W or less)
QSOs: 1,041 - Mults: 133 - Points: 169,580 (Current Pike County Record)

Please look for me using the club callsign K3MX from semi-rare Pike County during the Pennsylvania QSO Party in October. All QSL requests found in the log are always answered promptly.

QSL Policy:
My QSL policy is simple: all direct QSL requests, provided the contacts are found in my log, are answered promptly, usually the same day received.  An SASE, SAE, or IRC is always appreciated but not specifically requested.  If you send via postcard, I return via postcard. 
 
LoTW is the preferred QSL method, and I upload my contacts in realtime.  I also upload my contacts to Club Log, and eQSL in realtime, and to QRZ.com Logbook daily, as a courtesy.  I NO LONGER USE THE INTERNATIONAL QSL BUREAU.
 

Thank you for viewing my QRZ.com page. If we haven't already worked, I hope to meet you on the air soon.

73/DX, C. Michael D'Alto, K2CD

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United States Award#3322
Granted: 2017-08-19 23:49:23   (K2CD)

United States Counties Award#7063
Granted: 2017-08-19 00:06:53   (K2CD)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#16711
Granted: 2017-08-16 00:35:31   (K2CD)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10M Mixed
    12M Mixed
    15M Mixed
    17M Mixed
    20M Mixed
    30M Mixed
    40M Mixed
    80M Mixed
World Continents Award#18031
Granted: 2017-08-16 00:35:25   (K2CD)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10M CW
    12M CW
    15M CW
    17M CW
    20M CW
    30M CW
    40M CW
    80M CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10M Mixed
    12M Mixed
    15M Mixed
    17M Mixed
    20M Mixed
    30M Mixed
    40M Mixed
    80M Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10M Phone
    12M Phone
    15M Phone
    17M Phone
    20M Phone
    40M Phone
    80M Phone
DX World Award#5777
Granted: 2017-08-16 00:35:20   (K2CD)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10M Phone
    12M Phone
    15M Phone
    17M Phone
    20M Phone
    40M Phone
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