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I was first licensed in November 1957 as K2YHL. I received the W3ACO call in 1963 when I moved to Maryland. At that time, the FCC changed your call when you moved from one district to another. Now, I live in Iowa City, Iowa, about 350 Km west of Chicago.

My station at home in town is an Elecraft K2/100 with 20M, 30M and 40M dipoles. 

My country station is a room in my workshop, 20 Km West of Iowa City, grid EN41

Shop station is an Elecraft K3/10 with a modified Toyko Hy-Power HL 1.2 KFX at 600 watts. Antennas are a 3 element Steppir at 50 ft, and a 33 ft vertical for 40 Meters. I also have the vertical matched for 30 Meters. I work mostly 20 M through 10 M, SSB, CW, PSK, RTTY,  JT65 and FT8.

On 6 meters I use the K3 with a homemade 90 W amplifier.  The 6 meter antenna is a 5 element Yagi at 55 ft.

I am a late blooming DXer. I started working DX in 2005. I am an active supporter of DXpeditions. I have DXCC on 10 through 40 Meters. DXCC challenge count is 1720.

I have 329 Mixed, 311 CW, 309 Phone and 248 RTTY,  still looking for more. I hope to get on the Honor Roll before I am SK!

I was a member of the PJ2T team that came in first in the world in the 2016 CQ SSB contest in multi-multi category. What a blast !!  I answered all QSOs while PJ2/W3ACO in October 2016 via buro. 

I QSL 100 % all foreign contacts by buro except contest QSOs. If foreign contact indicates he wants direct only, I will QSL direct with SAE if I need a new band. I include postage ONLY if contact indicates on QRZ.com that he wants postage. Otherwise I DO NOT include postage. As of Nov 10, 2012, I started using LOTW.   I upload logs to LOTW at least every week.

I do not up-load my logs to e-qsl, too many errors. I do not use QRZ logging.  For those sending QSLS direct, I will reply with return QSL  No return postage is needed.

I retired from Rockwell Collins where I was an RF engineer in the Advanced Technology Group.

I am an ARRL Volunteer Examiner.

A member of the Eastern Iowa DX Association, www.eidxa.org, a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Chapter 123, #35146, a member of the Chiltern DX Club (England),

President of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club, www.icarc.org

I'm a contributor to the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF)

Straight Key Club Member 3565.

My other hobby is woodworking.

I hope to hear you on the bands and thanks for reading my bio.

73 Rich


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World Continents Award#14050
Granted: 2016-06-09 15:15:02   (W3ACO)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12673
Granted: 2016-06-09 15:15:02   (W3ACO)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#4018
Granted: 2016-06-09 15:10:02   (W3ACO)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
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