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Hello from K3SOM, Rich in Beaver Falls, PA. It’s great that you’ve looked me up and I thank you for our contact. On HF I operate on SSB, CW, or one of several digital modes with either a Flex-Radio 6700 or an ICOM 7300.

Here's a screen shot from my Flex-6700 during the 2017 ARRL International DX SSB Contest:


Here's a screenshot from my ICOM 7300 that shows my panadapter (red trace) display modifications for better clarity:


Antennas include a ten-element DX Engineering Skyhawk 3X10 Yagi on a 50-foot tower, a horizontal doublet 130 feet long and up 50 to 70 feet that is center-fed with 450 ohm ladder line, and a Pixel Technologies RF Pro-1B active-loop receiving antenna.  An SPE Expert 1K-FA linear amplifier helps when the going gets tough.

Here's what the yagi looks like on a beautiful fall day:


My "DX Spotter" keeps a hawk's eye on DX for me:


QTH is actually in Chippewa which is on the hill about 500 feet above Beaver Falls. No surprise there!

I was first licensed in 1962 and I enjoy making contacts with people across the world, contesting for fun, field day, designing antennas with software, ragchewing, chasing DX, building equipment and many other aspects of the amateur hobby. Some of my other hobbies include fishing, amateur astronomy, photography, camping, travel and enjoying my grand children.


. . . from a recent primitive camping trip in the Allegheny National Forest:


. . . from a recent vacation in New Zealand:


. . . Field Day with our BVARA Club and I've just made a great 6-meter contact with the portable yagi:


. . . Below I'm surrounded by a few friends from Kruger National Park in South Africa:

With an electrical engineering background, my interest in amateur radio activities lets me continually learn and tinker as new technologies and challenges present themselves. On a recent Field Day, my weather balloon antenna that I designed . . . well, I’ll save the rest of that story for the next time we make contact.

Thanks for stopping by!

73, Rich


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