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Please call me "LEE" (middle name) and not Russell.

We will again be spending most of the winter on the island of Aruba and I will be operating again as K3DMG/P4 from mid-January thru mid-March, 2018.  This will be a casual operation using an IC-7300 and an 80-10 EFHW antenna using mostly CW, RTTY and various digital modes.  As a participant in the CWT events, I hope to be active in many of the sessions as well as other contests that are scheduled during the time of our stay.  For the ARRL Grid Square event in 2018, the grid will be FK42.

QSL is only electronic via LoTW, QRZ, or eQSL ... PLEASE no paper.


Below are several pictures from our stay last year.  We have a different arrangement for 2018 and I'll post some new pictures after we get situated.

IC-7300 with SignaLink interface for digital modes

Antenna farm in Aruba (MFJ 28' fiberglass telescoping mast raised to only 20' due to constant winds and an EFHW for 40 thru 10 meters by MyAntenna).  This is the back yard of our rented house.

Everything is DX!

 

A native to Eastern Pennsylvania, I was born in 1942 and licensed as a Novice (KN3DMG) in 1958, upgrading to General in 1959 and finally Extra Class in 1971.  Educated as a Metallurgical Engineer at Lehigh University, I spent 40+ years in the steel industry relocating to Western Pennsylvania after graduation and finally to Ohio in 1982.  Living in the Pittsburgh, PA area allowed us to become lifelong Steeler fans and with a daughter graduating from Ohio State forced us to become Buckeye supporters.  Of course, Canton, OH is the home of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, so it is not uncommon to sight many of the greats of the game.  We have two married daughters, one in Ohio and the other in West Virginia and three wonderful grand children.

I retired in 2005 to concentrate on interests for which there simply was not enough time to enjoy during the work life.  Both I and the XYL enjoy playing golf and do so every chance we get.  We also enjoy travel and have visited much of the world including Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, much of Europe and our annual February trip to Aruba.  My career required considerable travel and involved many business trips to Europe and Asia, but we now get to enjoy the people, culture and history of the places we visit.

 

Woodworking is a favorite hobby and the garage houses the shop.  I love to work with Cherry and Walnut woods and usually start with rough cut lumber.  The operating position and related storage cabinets seen in the photos were all made in the garage woodworking shop and there are many cabinets and furniture pieces in our home as well as that of our daughters that were made there.

Of course, ham radio is a major year round hobby.  Chasing DX on CW has been the major interest.  Over the years, I’ve tried most aspects of the hobby including Fast Scan TV, working the “BIRDS”,  weak signal VHF/UHF,  RTTY with the old mechanical machines, and HF CW/SSB,  but CW DXing has always been the basic interest.  However, finding new band countries on CW has become difficult, so in 2014, I decided to go for confirming 100 countries on SSB, but that was pretty easy.  More recently, I’ve migrated to the digital modes and am aiming for DXCC on PSK and RTTY.  Participating in contests has also become an interest in the last few years.  The hobby certainly offers such a variety of personal challenges that it never seems to get old.

The present station equipment lineup is overstocked (at least the XYL seems to think so).  The major equipment items include:

HR Rigs:         IC-7700 (2014 Xmas gift)                          Amps:              PW-1              

                     IC-756ProII                                              FT-100 (for portable operation)                         

                     TS-870S                                                   VHF/UHF:         FT-736R                     

                     IC-751A                                                    Rotor:             G-2800DXA

                               

                                                                       

                          

Antennas:        SteppIR 3-el w/30/40M trombone at 50 ft.         

                       Trapped inverted L for 160 and 80M         

The whole station is tied to an HP desktop computer running Logic9 as a logging program.  Everything is automated including the rotor to make things pretty much “point-and-shoot”.

As many DX’ers have learned, the accumulation of QSL cards becomes massive over time and my collection got too large to simply store in old shoe boxes, so I built a custom filing cabinet to keep them organized.  However, this was filling up quickly.  I’m grateful that the ARRL came to the rescue with the LOTW and I registered to participate at the earliest opportunity.  Today this is the principal, if not the only, method I use for confirmations.

    

Hunting deer in WV has become a big event after many years of not having the time to do so.  Hunting is a family affair that is as much a social event as a serious hunt.  However, we do manage to thin the herd and the above photo shows some of the antlers hanging in the shack along with a picture of my grandson and myself taken after a heavy snow fall during the 2014 season.

           

           

 

 

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Endorsements:
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Grid Squared Award#2866
Granted: 2015-02-13 21:40:07   (K3DMG)

Endorsements:
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    15 Meters Mixed
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    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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World Continents Award#3257
Granted: 2015-02-13 21:00:02   (K3DMG)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
United States Award#606
Granted: 2015-02-13 20:55:07   (K3DMG)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters CW
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
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DX World Award#834
Granted: 2015-02-13 20:50:04   (K3DMG)

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
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
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