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Adam Schaible - amateur radio operator in Downingtown, PA, a small town halfway between Philadelphia and Lancaster.

 

Late August 2017 update: Currently in eastern Wyoming to see the solar eclipse! Transmitting WSPR signals and also a little JT65/JT9 from grid squares DN72wb (hotel) and DN72tk (eclipse day).

 

QSL Information:

Currently sending QSLs direct, through the bureau, and as of June 2016, LotW. Paper QSL cards are done printing as of January 2015 and I am slowly beginning to work on my huge backlog. 

 

Rigs (1 HF portable, 3 VHF/UHF mobile, 11 VHF/UHF handheld):

Elecraft KX3 - my HF station. Used as both a base station and for portable ops. Current focus is weak-signal digital (JT65, JT9, PSK31, WSPR) on 20m, 30m, and 40m. I have an (FCC type approved) RMItaly 250W amp for those few times a year I feel like blasting out SSB, along with the PX3 panadapter for whenever I want to chase phone DX.

Kenwood TM-281A - 65W 2m FM mobile rig being used exclusively as my base station for 2m.

Icom ID-880H - 50W dual band mobile rig currently installed in my car. Does analog FM as well as digital (D-Star).

Icom IC-38A - 25W 222MHz FM mobile rig from the 1980s

Icom ID-51A Plus (x2) - dual band analog/digital (D-Star) HT. Commonly paired with my DV-Mega Raspberry Pi hotspot so I can surf around on all the D-Star nets.

Yaesu FT-60 - dual band 2m/440 analog HT

Yaesu FT-1DR - dual band analog/digital (Fusion) HT

Yaesu VX-2 - miniature dual band 2m/440 analog HT

Alinco DJ-S41T (x3) - miniature 440 analog HTs. The first model of radio I ever bought when I got started in the hobby.

Alinco DJ-G29T - 222/902 HT. Hard to find "oddball" HT that Alinco discontinued in 2014.

Tytera MD-380 (x2) - UHF analog/digital (MotoTrbo/DMR) HT

 

My Story:

I first became interested in Amateur Radio in the late 1990s while studying at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was introduced to the hobby by the Panther Amateur Radio Club/W3YI. After joining PARC I earned my Technician license, callsign KB3EDK, in 1999.

A couple years after finishing college, I found myself unable to put the proper investment of time and resources into the hobby and fell out of it for several years. During this time my license expired.

In 2012, my interest in the hobby was revived by a co-worker who told me about all the recent advances in amateur radio. In January 2013 I re-earned the Technician license with a new callsign, along with an upgrade to General class at the same time.

 

QTH/Antenna:

Picture of my house with Buddipole antenna deployed in the yard - this is its 10m configuration, I make various changes for 15, 20, 40, etc. For portable operations (Field Day, SOTA, vacations) I use an AlexLoop magnetic loop antenna with my KX3.

 

Clubs:

LRTS - Lancaster Radio Transmission Society - http://www.lrts.org - LRTS is a small but highly active recreational club focused on DX, ragchew, and building repeaters. I've spent Field Day at the club site the last couple years (2013-14) and have greatly enjoyed it!

CCAR - Chester County ARES/RACES - http://www.w3eoc.org - CCAR is my hometown "club" who I occasionally volunteer with when they need extra manpower for emergencies (such as the awful winter WX in early 2014), as well as volunteer events like the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant safety drill and the annual Chester County homeless census.

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