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I started out in 1971 building my first Heathkit Shortwave receiver (SW-717) when I was 11 years old (in Newton, NJ), and received my WN2QHN novice license on my 13th birthday. I was inactive from 1977 - 2001, and then got into DX-ing at the end of July 2001.

DX Accomplishments (100% from my own back yard):

  • I have 337 / 342 confirmed DXCC Entities - so 2 away from Honor Roll #1 (need Bouvet and Glorioso)
  • DXCC Honor Roll in 11 years (2001 - 2012). First 300 with 200 watts or less and wire
  • DXCC 8BDXCC in 3 years
  • 160M DXCC - 91 entities, my most memorable QSO ever was VK0EK on Top Band
  • Co-organizer of the 2016 VK0EK Heard Island DX-pedition:



    My all time favorite amateur radio organization and their legendary magazine - QST:



    and the entire January / February 2017 issue of DX Magazine was dedicated to VK0EK:
     

         

        And we ended up on the cover of the ARRL's DXCC 2016 Yearbook:

         

Earning DXCC Honor Roll and then DX-pedition of the Year represented the end of an "Era" for me. Honor Roll is an intensely personal goal and award, and DX-pedition of the Year is an intensely Team effort and award. They were two very big projects that took years and ended up with successes exceeding my expectations and will always be fond memories. Once I've worked the last counters for Top of Honor Roll and last counters for 9BDXCC (DXCC on 160M) my DXCC days will be done.

I hacked the Elecraft KPOD device driver and use the KPOD and call it the URAT - Universal Remote Antenna Tuner because you can attach stepper motors to any old tuner and automate it. That's my first "Maker" project - using Raspberry Pi Zero W and Adafruit OLED.

My current Goals, in priority order

  1. Continue to explore new technologies, mostly in the "ham-maker" space
  2. Complete 160M DXCC (and 9BDXCC)
  3. Complete Top of the Honor Roll with Bouvet and Glorioso. Its seems that Glorioso will be my last . . 

My dedicated 40M antenna (which also is a superb 160M RX antenna) is the DX Engineering DV-40-P phasing solution with two 33' verticals:

I also have a 2 element 20M homebrewed yagi up 50' and designed using YW:

And a really superb (commercially made) antenna for the low bands - and AM BCB DXing - the Wellbrook ALA1530LNP:

Here is the shack:

A K-Line with SPE 1.3K is the core station and the KX3, KXPA100 and PX3 are my backup station. I have a Palstar R30 receiver for BCB DX-ing and LF DX-ing below the AM BCB.

I have presented at Pacificon for more than 10 years - and some of my past presentations are posted on the East Bay Amateur Radio Club's web site:

http://ebarc.org/links.htm

I have a blog that concentrates on Low Band DX-ing:

https://topbandchordalhopper.blog/

The VK0EK blog that I ran is here:

http://www.vk0ek.org

I graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, moved to California and became Oracle's 127th employee - Gupta Technologies (SQLBase and SQLWindows) employee #30 and PeopleSoft's 400-something employee, and have worked in the database field for 36 years. I work for Credit Karma in San Francisco as their Staff Data Architect and am designing and building the companies first Data Dictionary. Its probably my favorite place of work since I left college. My LinkedIn profile is here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rholoch/

73,

Rich

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