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K2MOB is a vanity call sign replacing KM4KOA which I've operated under since returning to amateur radio in May of 2015. I chose it in recognition of a USAF unit I served in for eight years at Patrick AFB, Florida, known as the 2nd Mobile Communications Group (2MOB). The 2MOB (later known as the 2nd Combat Communications Group) consisted of tactical communications and air traffic control and landing systems supporting USAF operations world-wide. The 2MOB could turn a bare runway or section of highway into a working airfield complete with air navigational aids, a control tower, a radar approach control / GCA facility, and world-wide data and voice communications within 24 hours of arrival while under austere or combat conditions. Although no longer in existence, the 2MOB truly lived up to its motto of "Second to None"

About Me - My name is Dick. I've also been known as Rich or Richard, I answer to all three... From 1965 until 1972 I was active on two meter AM and very involved in Civil Air Patrol communications in the Long Island, NY area. I worked for the NY Telephone Co. as a crossbar switchman in the Hempstead tandem central office. Enlisting in the USAF in 1972, I spent the next 25 years traveling the world - Viet Nam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Egypt, Philippines, Korea, Guam, Honduras, Panama, Japan (including Okinawa), and Shemya Island in Alaska as a radar technician. Retiring from the USAF in 1997, I worked as an electrician and HVACR technician and supervisor in Facilities Maintenance for the next 16 years. My XYL of 43 years is from Thailand. We have two kids, six grandchildren, one dog, and a cat. Retiring for good in late 2013, I built fishing rods and worked on my house until a Ham friend sparked my interest in amateur radio. I was again licensed as a Technician in May 2015 and upgraded to General in July. In September 2015 I went ahead and upgraded to Extra. Things sure have changed over the years, no code required, no trips to see the happy FCC examiners, and all kinds of new modes. The rigs are much improved and my beloved 2 meters has gone FM! Some changes are for the better and some maybe not so much!

I'm on the 2, 1 1/4, and 70cm bands with a Kenwood TM-281A and a BTECH 2501+220 transceiver in the mobile. At home it's a Yaesu FTM-3200DR or a Yaesu FT-2900R feeding a Diamond CP-22E antenna.  I also have the usual collection of BaoFeng analog and digital HT's, along with a TYT MD-380 DMR HT.

I work 6 meters with an RCI 5054, an ICOM 502a, or a Yaesu FT-450D feeding a Sirio 5060 5/8 wave Ground Plane at 22 feet, a Cushcraft A50-3S 3 element Yagi at 22 feet, or a home brew aluminum tube Moxon at 30 feet. 

I operate 10 thru 160 meters with a Yaesu FT-450D  and a MFJ-969 manual tuner, or an ICOM IC-718 with a MFJ 939 auto tuner (it's nice to change frequencies and just watch the lights flash...). For antennas I use a North-South oriented 84' wire configured as an inverted L at 40 feet, an East-West oriented 42' wire configured as a sloping inverted L at 40 feet,  an east-west oriented K1JEK Cobra Ultralite Kid configured as an inverted V at 32 feet,  a helical wound 64' wire vertical, and a 57 inch diameter 7/8 inch copper tube magnetic loop. Yes, I do like to build antennas and I'm lucky to have good neighbors who tend to ignore what I'm doing in the back yard...

I use a Yaesu SCU-17 USB Interface and a SignaLink USB Interface along with HRD and WSJT-X & JTDX software to work the digital modes with an addiction for FT8, JT65, JT9, and PSK31. Unlike some, I remember this is just a hobby so I welcome repeats. When they happen the same day my life isn't ruined, I just smile to myself and hope I don't do the same thing too often as I log the contact...

Started working on my code again, never was my favorite thing in the past but it sure seems like 13 wpm was a lot easier 50 years ago... 

When not on the radio, I'm fishing the Gulf of Mexico or local bays in my Ocean Kayak. I also enjoy collecting and shooting black powder rifles and pistols, pre-WW2 rifles, and high power pistols. Retired with Ham Radio, fishing, and the shooting sports... Life is good indeed!

I upload every QSO same day to LOTW, eQSL, HRDLog, and QRZ 

If you want a paper QSL and send me your card for a valid QSO in any mode, I will happily send you mine - no money, coupons, or SASE required. 


Member of the Playground Amateur Radio Club

Member of the American Legion ARC #201520379

Member ARRL - WAS Digital #1808, WAS Mixed #60547, DXCC #62836

CQ WPX Digital #557 & WPX Mixed #3292

30 Meter Digital Group member #7438

Digital Modes Club #08413 

JT Digital Mode Club #025


Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans

Life Member of the Air Commando Association

Member of the Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood

Member of American Legion Post 0235

Member of the National Rifle Association

Member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association


Some rigs from my Air Force days - When Magnetrons, Klystrons, Traveling Wave Tubes, and burning carbon composition resistors kept my life busy...






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Grid Squared Award#18440
Granted: 2018-01-12 23:24:02   (K2MOB)

  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    6 Meters Digital
    60 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
World Continents Award#19107
Granted: 2017-12-04 05:50:02   (K2MOB)

  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#503
Granted: 2016-07-19 06:40:03   (K2MOB)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
United States Award#2302
Granted: 2016-07-13 05:00:02   (K2MOB)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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