My given name is Randolph but I prefer to be called Randy.
For the next 3 years or so, I will ocasionally operate K5RHD/0 from South Dakota Grid: EN12MS. My wife is going to law school at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. We have a small house up there and I now have a full size G5RV up about 60 feet in the trees. It points directly east-west so I am not sure how I will be getting out to the coasts. If my call comes up on JT or PSK modes as K5RHD/0, please work me again for a South Dakota QSO. I will be updating QRZ.com log daily from South Dakota and will upload to other e-logging sites when I return to Albuquerque.
I will also frequent K3UK's sked site for either state: http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=lotw
NOTE: The QSO's below are only when I am in Albuquerque, NM. Here are my latest from Vermillion, SD which I will upload daily or at the end of my visit:
My 100 Watts and a Wire ID is 414
I acheived Mountain Goat Status in the SOTA promgram on August 29th, 2015. I am Goat #NA30
Picture above is from W5N/SE-027
During Field Day 2013, I got inspired by my club's digital station and dove into PSK and JT65 digital modes and when I am at my QTH, I almost exclusively operate digital modes. I find it easier and more fun to add contacts to my log. Shouting repeatedly into a pile up using a compromised antenna (due to yard size, and neighbors, etc) until I am blue in the face is frustrating and not a lot of fun (to me). If propagation is good and there is a rare DX entity on the air, I will change my KX3 config to SSB and try to make the contact.
I now am set up with LOTW and upload frequently, usually the 3-5 times a week. I upload to eQSL but do not maintain any QSL's there because of the horrible interface-I do it only for the benefit of you and not me. Please QSL on LoTW or direct. I will SASE for special event stations only, otherwise you send me one, I send you one. In 2014, I got DXCC mixed. Not bad for about 2 years of being on the air! YOU CAN GET DXCC using just LoTW-I got it 100% electronic with NO paper. PLEASE CONSIDER USING LoTW!
As of 8/31/12, I am the proud owner of an Elecraft KX3 with SN:1383. I love QRP, it is really rewardig to get a good solid QSO with someone on 5 to 15 watts! When I am at home, I most often can be heard using JT65/9 on 80-10M During the day, I run WSPR on 20M and while sleeping at night 30M.
When operating SOTA, I use a 33' wire attached to a EARCHI matchbox. With the KX3 internal batteries, and that antenna, I can operate from virtually anywhere and be completely setup in about 10 minutes or less. Insta-shack!
I have a Yaesu VX-8GR HT that I do APRS both hiking (SOTA)and on my bicycle or in my car using my Kenwood TM-D710G for mobile dedicated APRS. I may be at home and not moving at all. PLEASE NOTE THAT MY APRS DESIGNATOR NUMBERS HAVE CHANGED TO REFLECT PROPER PROTOCOL AND BEST APRS PRACTICES.
I run a TM-D710G in my Jeep with a Browning 38" 2M/440 NMO whip. I also have a FT-8800 sometimes running crossband repeat from 446.68 to/from 146.58 in the shack sitting next to the KX3. It is hooked to a Diamond X50A. If you are ever in the Albuquerque area, tune to 146.58 simplex and give me a shout. Lots of good people on that freq.
Here is my OA-50 and the Diamond X50a:
As I have gotten more into Summits on the Air, I decided to trade the Toyota RAV4 for a more trail ready vehicle. I now have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler-will try to get a pic here soon. I have my TM-D710G in it.
Oh, and in case you were wondering I have The Knack
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