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My first time ever to Dayton Hamvention 2017!  I was asked to guest a podcast with The Phasing Line and Hamradionow.tv.  See this link for the podcast about National Parks on the Air!


NEW!!!!!  Announcing the Cookie Crumble Contest!  June 2017!!!  This is a low-stress QRP contest for ham radio enthusiasts!  You can operate portable or at home in the shack!  See following links for details! 

http://w3atb.com/cookie-crumble/       https://www.facebook.com/groups/1119686061400901/

Check out my Twitter account @ KB3Emily. 

Feburary 2017: I am attempting to catch up on paper QSLs.  I am now using the Buru for QSLs; both incoming and outgoing.

Wow!  Finally caved in and got the KX3!  What a wonderful little rig!  I worked PJ6Y on 10w as one of my first contacts! 

I have been in Amatuer radio since 2011, although I had to take a break for 3 years while in school. I have a lot to learn yet and am very eager to know more about this facinating hobby! I got into HF in the late summer of 2015.

My first base rig was a Kenwood TS-440s which was given to me by the family of a silent key who introduced me to HF on field day in 2011.  He left this rig and set up for me in his will; it took his family and the local club several months to track me down. I only run 100 watts on a multiple band Dipole antenna about 23 feet off the ground; not ideal but it works.  I also have a Yaesu 859 which I use as my mobile rig, Yaesu HT, and multiple Baofeng HTs.  The Kenwood, after many QSOs, finally retired and made room for the Icom 7300. Quite a nice rig! 

I enjoy SOTA activation as well as chasing.  I am working on activating the W3/PD area.  W3/PD-002, W3/PR-001, W3/PD-007 and W3/PD-015 are SOTAs that I have activated! 

I am learning CW and am really enjoying it.  I am very slow to copy but am trying hard to learn faster! (7.5-8 wpm)(June 2016: 9-10wpm)(Made my goal of 10wpm by July 2016)(Sept 2016: Pushing 12wpm now!)(Nov 2016: 13 wpm)(Jan 2017: near 15wpm)  I like CW more and more every day!!! 

I am a member of a Search and Rescue Team (Cumberland County SAR Team 400, Carlisle PA) where I hold the position of Radio Communications and Assist Chief. Also I am a paramedic supervisor at a rural fire company run ambulance company.

Fall of 2015,  KC3FVN, got his Technician license so he could join the fun; he just passed his General test Spring of 2016.  We use alot of simplex between us for communication.  He helps builds antennas for multiple bands and is the 'antenna man' for SOTA. 

I rarely check eQSL, prefer paper QSLs from USA, eQSL ok for international due to postage costs. I really enjoy receving QSL cards and store them all in an album. 

I am enjoying chasing NPOTA and look forward to continuing all this year 2016!  Some highlights are:

Gettysburg was the largest activation where we scored 397 QSOs, 26 of them being DX.  A few DX were worked on 5w. My second Gettysburg activation was my FIRST CW activation and KC3FVN's first activation as a General!

Allegheny and Johnston with W8JUZ a new record of 78 CW contacts in one day!

Allegheny with a new record of over 50 QSOs in one activation!

Benjamin Franklin, another new record of over 100 CW QSOs in one activation! This was the first time Benjamin Franklin was activated! 

Weekend trip to MD, we activated five parks, totaling 375 QSOs between both KC3FVN and I!

DC trip activation including 5 parks, over 200 cw QSOs with my friend Kayla.

2nd EVER activation of Statue of Liberty!!!! 

Seven activation trip PA/MD/WV with friend Doreen. 

53 Total Activations for National Parks on the Air!!   (Alphabetical order of designator)

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial (AA03) (Oct 31st)

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church National Historic Site (AA08) (Dec 26th)

Antietam National Battlefield (BF01) (Dec 29th)

Monocacy National Battlefield (BF06) (Dec 29th)

Catoctin Mountain Park (DZ01) × 2 (Nov 27, Dec 29th)

Greenbelt Park (DZ04) × 2 (Aug 31st, Oct 21st/22nd)

National Mall (DZ06) × 2 (Aug 30th, Dec 9th)

Piscataway Park (DZ07) × 2 (Aug 30th, Nov 11/12th)

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (HP08) × 2 (Nov 12th, Dec 29th)

First State National Historical Park (HP12) (Mar 12th)

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (HP14) (Dec 29th)

Valley Forge National Historical Park (HP46) (Dec 26th)

Castle Clinton National Monument (MN15) (Dec 21st)

Statue of Liberty National Monument (MN67) (Dec 21st)

Gettysburg National Military Park (MP03) × 5 (May 5/6th, June 4th, Nov 13th, Nov 27th, Dec 29th)

Flight 93 National Memorial (NM07) (Sept 24th)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial National Memorial (NM09) (Dec 9th)

Korean War Veterans National Memorial (NM13) (Dec 9th)

Johnstown Flood National Memorial (NM14) × 2 (Oct 18th, Oct 26th)

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (NM18) (Dec 9th)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial National Memorial (NM26) (Dec 9th)

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (NS01) × 3 (Sept 24th, Oct 18th, Oct 26th)

Clara Barton National Historic Site (NS11) (Nov 12th)

Eisenhower National Historic Site (NS13) × 2 (Nov 27th, Dec 29th)

Hampton National Historic Site (NS33) (Oct 21st)

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (NS37) × 2 (Aug 8th, Nov 3rd)

Steamtown National Historic Site (NS67) (Nov 23rd)

Thomas Stone National Historic Site (NS70) (Nov 12th)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (TR01) × 11 (Feb 6th, Feb 20th, July 19th, Sept 12th, Oct 20th, Nov 10/11th, Nov 18th, Dec 8th, Dec 16th, Dec 30th, Dec 31st.)


The very last NPOTA activation was right back where we had begun!  Dec 31st, we went back to the exact same spot, hung an antenna and did our last activation.

I went back for my last solo trip to Appalachian Trail where I realized I had left my antenna the house and my spare one broke while setting up. I tore it apart, rebuilt an end fed and managed to squeak out enough QSOs to make a valid activation.

Last whirlwind trip MD/WV/PA with Doreen covering Catoctin, Monocary, Harper's Ferry, C&O Canal, Antietam, Eisenhower and Gettysburg.  We met up at Antietam with Stuart Younkin, WB3FBL, and got him on the air for his first ever activation!

Philadelphia trip with Nick, KC1DKY, Joe, N2CX and son Kevin, Peter, K0BAK to activation Gloria Dei Swedes. We went to Valley Forge on the way home.

Perhaps the most epic activation:  Statue of Liberty!  Joe N2CX, his soon Kevin and Doreen and I.


Castle Clinton after leaving Liberty!


Appalachian Trail again!  This was the trial run for Doreen to put her to the test for the next top secret activation of Liberty!

DC trip with my friend Kayla.  Vietnam, Korea, Martin Luther King Jr, and Franklin D Roosevelt. Also met up with Jeff, KB3ZUK, Jamie, W3UC, and Kerry KB3WAV


Catoctin, Eisenhower, and Gettysburg trip! 257 QSOs during the Thanksgiving Cookie Contest! 


Steamtown with my friend Nick Mollo, KC1DKY. I took my nephew along!

Appalachian Trail.  A friend Richard Jones, N2GBR stopped in! 


Piscataway Park, Thomas Stone, Clara Barton, C&O Canal, and Gettysburg.  Weekend whirlwind trip!  Five activations with 375 QSOs!

Clara Barton with Ian KI9W, Ray KC3RW, and Kerri KB3WAV. Four HF stations on the air and one 2m simplex.


Appalachian Trail, a two part activation, the second day with Joe Everhart, N2CX, who helped me with the new loop antenna!

Hopewell Furnance with Doreen.  We met up with Walt, KB3SBC, Ed, WA3WSJ, and Evan, N3TWM. (Pic to follow of group)


AA03 Benjamin Franklin with Peter Kobak, K0BAK and Joe, N2CX. This was the FIRST time this site was activated. Peter did all the leg work and we were invited to help get it on the air! 

Allegheny Portage and Johnstown Flood with a non-ham friend Doreen.  Her first time seeing morse code and getting on the air!  She enjoyed it! It was 32 degrees when we finished portable outside at Allegheny! 

Hampton and Greenbelt Park with KC3FVN. We had a weekend trip planned but only managed the first two as Keith had a mishap with a knife while setting up at Thomas Stone and we spent the rest of the day in the waiting room for stitches.

Appalachian Trail with SOTA W3/PD-015 with my friend Kayla.

Allegheny Portage and Johnstown Flood with fellow activator Laura, W8JUZ and father Ralph, KW8G.


Flight 93 and Allegheny Portage Railroad


TR01 Appalachian Trail with an old friend Bill O'Dell who wanted to experience ham radio!


DZ04 Greenbelt Park with with Ruth KM4LAO and her mother Sharon KM4TVU

DC Monuments (National Mall) with Ruth KM4LAO and her mother Sharon KM4TVU


DZ07 Piscataway Park with Ruth KM4LAO and her mother Sharon KM4TVU as well as Stuart KB1HQS

NS37 Hopewell; we got to meet Joe N2CX!


TR01, round 3, with KC3FVN and Tim, W3ATB.  July 19, 2016

MP03, round 2 KC3FVN on his first activation, myself first CW activation and Tom, W1TEF, myself and Craig N0SCM

MP03 Gettysburg Activation


HP12 First State National Historical Park in Deleware where we got a visitor, Jerry AG3Q!

TR01, rounds 1 and 2



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K1MIC 2016-07-21 20m SSB FN43aj United States Michael D Heneghan
GB13COL 2016-07-07 40m SSB IO94ft England Raymond McAleer G0VLF
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KD8WCD 2016-05-18 40m SSB EN81dr United States Thomas T Hadeed
EA4GTJ 2016-05-05 20m SSB IN80dk Spain Juan Delgado Vazquez
KB4VVE 2016-03-30 20m SSB EL97tf United States Gregory T Bunting
W2CKL 2016-03-01 40m CW FN22ug United States Robert P Schertl II
W2CKL 2016-03-01 40m CW FN22ug United States Robert P Schertl II
N1SPY 2016-02-28 20m SSB EL96TA43 United States Thomas Cholakov
N2IIE 2016-02-25 40m AM FN20TF81 United States RONALD A BERNKNOPF
VE2BBB 2016-02-20 40m SSB FN25xs Canada Pascal Lanthier
KD2JKV 2016-02-20 40m SSB FN32CP94 United States Peter J Mattice
KM4RAY 2016-02-06 20m SSB EM90EG74 United States Raymond E Hall
AC8UC 2016-02-06 40m SSB EN90hr United States Ray M Humrighouse
KB3DC 2016-02-06 40m SSB FN20hj United States Douglas J Cote

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