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I became interested in Ham Radio as a very young child through my father K4GYK (SK) and was facinated with the things he built and all of the radios that glowed in the dark. He took me to many a Field Day and would let me climb on the roof to "help" with antenna projects. I spent hundreds of hours learning to tune RTTY signals on a Hammurlund HQ170 and watching it print on Teletype models 15 & 28. When he introduced me to Ham Radio and how I could use it with a computer back in the 80's I was hooked and finally got my Technician Ticket KC4URF and began operating on 6/2/440 SSB in EM80 where I was the only operator active on those bands.

After my father passed away my mother who is also a Ham took his call and I changed mine to K3GYK. It's been almost 20 years since I had been inactive until April of 2017 when a friend told me about PSK-31, JT65 ,and some of the other digital modes and how much things had changed.

I can usually be found operating HF using digital modes and some CW and voice on 20 and 40 meters and when the bands are open look for me on 6, 2, and 70cm SSB and digital. MSK144 is my latest thing and I have done pretty well with modest station of a few hundred watts and comprise antennas in the attic. to date my records for MSK144 are 707 miles to Austin, TX on 2m and just over 900 miles to MS on 6m.

Radios:

Elecraft K3S for HF and 6-meter SSB and digital modes

Yaesu FTdx-3000 for HF and 6-meters SSB and digital modes 

Yaesu FT-991 for HF/6/2/70cM SSB and digital modes.

An SDRplay RSP 2 rounds out the system and serves as a Pan Adaptor or search receiver. 

Antennas: 

VHF/UHF gain antennas are a Diamond A144S10 for 2-meters and a Diamon A430S15 for 70cM aimed ESE for general SSB and MSK144 and other digital modes. For 6-meter SSB, MSK144, and other digital modes I have a M2-6M3. ​A new Cushcraft A148-10S is being added and aimed at the eastern horizon to some EME attempts. I also operate with Par Electronics OA-50, OA-144, and OA-432 Omni-Angles for portable use and non-directional work.

HF antennas are a resonant 20 meter dipole​ and a resonant 20/40 meter trap dipole.

All antennas are fed with ABR Industries R8x and LMR400 coax and are located in my attic antenna farm

Antenna Tuners are the MFJ-993B in addition to the builtin ATU in the Elecraft and Yaesu rigs so that I can work some of the other HF bands as needed during openings.

I'll also be operating occasionally from our travel trailer in and around Colorado using the Elecraft and FT-991 rigs using some wire antennas or the MFJ Hamtenna whips. 

I use eQSL, LoTW (preferred) and QRZ for my logs and will QSL direct with an old fashion QSL card. If you drop a card in the mail I'll be sure to respond. 

73s and gud DX to you

​Kevin (K3GYK)



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Grid Squared Award#15995
Granted: 2017-05-11 05:22:02   (K3GYK)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 6 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#6525
Granted: 2017-05-07 23:26:02   (K3GYK)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
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