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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 and as a backup if all the other rigs are busy  

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. 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 installed in the attic for satellite, 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 attenas 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
AA1SU 2017-11-23 20M FT8 FN34KL67 United States PAUL N GAYET
NB3T 2017-11-23 20M FT8 EM97rh United States Malcolm W Beckett
K4DL 2017-11-23 20M FT8 EM63KD93 United States DENNIS W LITTLETON
N8NIJ 2017-11-23 20M FT8 EN73 United States DANIEL L MARKOWSKI
K0TPP 2017-11-23 6M MSK144 EM48rk United States Larry J Davis
XE2FGC 2017-11-23 30M FT8 DL92ag Mexico J Fidel Garibay Chavez
KD9GSX 2017-11-23 20M FT8 EM57OO67 United States Eric R Harmon
VE4MR 2017-11-23 20M FT8 EN09AU Canada Kevin Ray Munson
LU3HBO 2017-11-23 20M FT8 Argentina PEDRO ORESTE BUONAMICO
N0AN 2017-11-22 6M MSK144 EN22XA69 United States ROBERT A SCHIERS, JR
W5LUA 2017-11-22 6M MSK144 EM13qc United States ALBERT J WARD, III
N0AN 2017-11-21 6M MSK144 EN22XA69 United States ROBERT A SCHIERS, JR
KG5CCI 2017-11-21 6M MSK144 EM34 United States David M Swanson
K4FEG 2017-11-21 70CM SSB EM55aj United States FRANK E GRIFFIN
W7QL 2017-11-21 70CM SSB DN40bo United States CARLOS D CARDON

Book Totals: 1329 qso's   939 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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