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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 Hamfests and Orlando Hamcation as well as Field Day every year 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 active until April of 2017 when a friend, W0GPW, 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. I operate MSK144 on 6m a few days a week in early mornings and have done pretty well with modest station of a few hundred watts and compromise InnovAntennas 3-element LFA antenna in the attic. To date my records for MSK144 are 1037 miles to Ossian, IN on 2m with W8BYA and just over 900 miles to MS on 6m.

I also operate on satellite as much as I can and am starting to get hooked on it. If you need DM79 let me know and we will arrrange something.  


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

DEMI L144-28 2-meter transverter on the Elecraft for weak signal  

Yaesu FTdx-3000 for HF and 6-meters SSB and digital modes (For sale if you're looking)

Yaesu FT-991 for HF/6/2/70cM SSB and weak signal digital modes. Portable V/U EME and satellite uplink

ICOM IC-9100 for U/v and V/u satellite operation at the home QTH and as a backup if all the other rigs are busy. Also used for 2 meter meteor scatter with MSK144 

Kenwoood TM-D710GA - for FM and APRS U/v and V/u satellite operation from the home QTH and portable, camping, roving.

An SDRplay RSP 2 rounds out the system and serves as a Pan Adaptor, HF SSB search receiver, and downlink receiver for portable satellite work with the FT-991 as an uplink.  


I use TE Systems 0552G and 1452G 375 watt SSPAs for 6 and 2 meters


Advanced Receiver Research (ARR) SP50VDG and SP144VDG RF sensing for 6 and 2 meters


HF 20 meter resonant dipole​. I sometimes use a tuner for 40/30/12/17/15/10 meter on this antenna although it is not very effective. 

VHF 6 MetersInnovAntennas 3-element LFA  for meteor scatter, SSB, and digital modes.  Par Electronics OA-50 Omniangle for non directional SSB and portable and rover operation. M2-6M3 3-element for portable and rover. 

VHF 2 Meters - Diamond A144S10 for portable and rover, Cushcraft 124WB installed in the attic for meteor scatter and SSB, InnovAntennas 9-element LFA for portable, rover, driveway EME, Elk 2M/440L5 installed in the attic for satellite, Cushcraft A148-10S for portable and rover,  Par Electronics OA-144 Omniangle for SSB. Diamond X50A for repeaters. ELK 2M/440L5 and Arrow II for satellite from where ever  happen to be. 

UHF 70cM - Diamond A430S15 for portable and rover and sometimes mounted in the attic for SSB. I have also used this antenna on the driveway and back patio for EME. I've worked 3 countries on this antenna with 50 watts. Par Electronics OA-432 for SSB. Diamond X50Afor repeaters. ELK 2M/440L5 permanently mounted at zero elevation in the attic with azimuth control for satellite and another ELK 2M/440L5 and Arrow II for satellite from where ever  happen to be.

All antennas are fed with ABR Industries LMR240 or LMR400 coax. When operating from the home QTH the antennas are located in my attic antenna farm

I use a Portaple 25' mast when portable and also have a fold over hitch mount that can be used as well.  

Antenna Tuners are the MFJ-993B in addition to the builtin ATU in the Elecraft, ICOM,  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 LoTW (preferred) and QRZ.com 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. I also log to eQSL but am less diligent there. If you need me to upload there or somewhere else just ask.

Best 73 and good DX to you,

​Kevin / K3GYK / DM79nx

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K3GYK
Latest Contacts for K3GYK at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
VE5SWL 2018-01-08 70CM SSB DN79ap Canada Brent Edward Seebach
WA9THI 2018-01-08 30M FT8 EM69HO55 United States Jerry W Hankins, Jr
NT2A 2018-01-08 30M FT8 FN20wn United States GENNADY MOSHKOV
WC3N 2018-01-08 30M FT8 FM19RI United States GARY W KEGAN
W9MDB 2018-01-08 30M FT8 EM49hv United States Michael D Black
W6NIF 2018-01-08 30M FT8 DM06ct United States James R Erbe
W9MDB 2018-01-08 30M FT8 EM49hv United States Michael D Black
KI7PWQ 2018-01-08 30M FT8 DN13RN United States Kim E Gross
W0JMP 2018-01-08 30M FT8 EN34JS United States DANNY M DANTZLER
WB2REM 2018-01-08 17M FT8 EL97ui United States JAMES I MILLNER
KD2HLE 2018-01-08 15M FT8 FN31AI United States Obert R Wood, III
K1BX 2018-01-08 15M FT8 FN43ec United States ARTHUR K HAMBLETON
W1XI 2018-01-08 17M FT8 FN31qh United States BRAD T GARBER
VA3MJR 2018-01-08 17M FT8 FN03BF Canada David Ross
W4IHI 2018-01-08 15M FT8 EL87ou United States GARY A PIERSON

Book Totals: 1551 qso's   1107 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#3738
Granted: 2017-11-24 00:36:02   (K3GYK)

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

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

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
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