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Current Station Equipment
          Flex 6500 with a Dell Desktop computer w 2 HD Monitors
               Homebrew 40m OCFD at 25ft

Current operating Modes and Power
                     JT65   JT9   FT8 @ 8-11w,      SSB @ 100w
    LOTW and eQSL    No paper QSL at this time

     My first interest in Amateur Radio started at the age of 13 (1960).  I listen to Amateur Radio operators (AM at that time) on 1940s vintage shortwave radios.  In March 1962 at the age of 15, I passed the Technician test and was issued K3SNU.  (see 1960’s Station Equipment below)  Operated 6m AM on a hilltop in Bulger, Pennsylvania (15 mi SW Pittsburgh).  In those days 6m AM was very active all year long.  1964 brought a transition from AM to 6m SSB with a Heathkit HX-30 transmitter.  June 1965 I move away from SW Pennsylvania and also Amateur Radio.  That license expired in 1967.  In the mid 70’s I purchased a Drake SPR-4 receiver to listen to the Amateur Radio world.

    I am retired now, but since the late 70’s I worked as an ATE (Automatic Test Equipment) Programing Engineer. These were all computer software driven systems.  At the end of 2011, SDR’s got my interest.  Being comfortable with computers, I purchased a SoftRock Ensemble II receiver kit.  This changed my whole thinking of the Hardware part of Amateur Radio.  Computers and Software with Amateur Radio seemed to made sense.  The SoftRock SDR receiver renewed my interest in Amateur Radio.  In 2012, a good friend of mine (Joe WI9Z) knew of my increased interest and encouraged me to rejoin the Amateur Radio community.  I passed the Technician and General test in April 2013 (Thanks Joe for all your help). That was the easy part.  With all this new equipment and antennas to choose from, putting a station together was a lot harder.  Finally in May 2014 with the purchase of the Flex 6500 my station was completed. The current KC9YRA station doesn’t look anything like the 1960’s K3SNU station, more like a computer gaming setup.

     I operate mostly Digital Modes low power JT65 - JT9 - FT8.  I like the challenge of making contacts around the world with 8-11w.  I am just as happy to receive a -26db report as a +12db report as long as I receive that RR 73.  My next challenge is to switch to true QRP.  Maybe Solar Cycle 25!
May 2014 to Sep-2017     JT65   JT9   FT8   8-11w
                4,780 total contacts   114 DXCC worked   111 confirmed
                50 states confirmed on 40m 30m 20m   48 on 80m

Thanks to all of the Amateur Radio Operators around the world who have made these contacts possible.
            K3SNU   1960’s Station Equipment
                                EICO 720 Transmitter (Modified for 6m only)
                                EICO Plate Modulator
                                Homebrew VFO
                                Heathkit HX-30 SSB Transmitter
                                CLEGG Interceptor Receiver
                                7 Element 22ft Yagi at 65ft

Thanks for taking the time to read my Bio page.
Dick, KC9YRA


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