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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

You might be here because of a QSO during a Summits on the Air activation. SOTA is a lot of fun. A great way to stay active AND enjoy this great hobby.

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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K5RHD
Latest Contacts for K5RHD at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KC2MBV 2017-03-20 40m JT65 FN30 United States Frank Raffaele
KA1AL 2017-03-19 160m JT9 FN31 United States Alfred A Hambidge, Jr
AF6JO 2017-03-19 160m JT65 DM12 United States Daniel R Lisle
K0ZRK 2017-03-19 160m JT65 EM36 United States LYLE HODGES
W1KF/4 2017-03-18 30m JT9 FN31JM United States Steven V Reinhardt
PY1RO 2017-03-18 30m JT9 GG87 Brazil Rolf Rasp
KB0NAV 2017-03-18 160m JT65 DM79 United States RANDALL K RALPHS
W5UU 2017-03-18 160m JT65 EM36 United States BOBBY G WOMAC
K5URU 2017-03-18 160m JT65 EM10 United States BLAKE R ORMAND
N8XTH 2017-03-18 160m JT65 EN91 United States Deron M Boring
WA9JBQ 2017-03-18 40m JT65 EN53 United States Richard J Wyrwas
KL7HBK 2017-03-12 60m JT65 BO49 Alaska John D O Larey
WH7AA 2017-03-12 60m JT65 BL11 Hawaii USCG Contest Group
AF7NX 2017-03-12 160m JT65 CN84 United States Gary D Rondeau
EA7GVZ 2017-03-11 40m JT9 IM76 Spain Manuel Jimenez Delgado

Book Totals: 8888 qso's   3031 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#2621
Granted: 2016-07-20 23:26:02   (K5RHD)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#332
Granted: 2015-01-15 17:45:59   (K5RHD)

  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 12 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 12 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Award#47
Granted: 2015-01-15 17:45:55   (K5RHD)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#321
Granted: 2015-01-15 17:45:48   (K5RHD)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
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