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10 February 2016

First Licensed 1958 with General exam at age 13.

Upgraded in 1982 to Amateur Extra; bought a “modern” transceiver – Ten Tec Delta 580.

My son nudged me into the digital world with a K3-100 in 2009.

I also have several QRP radios, and some vacuum tube equipment

Retired from my Mechanical Engineering career in 2011.


Main radio interests

Dxing since 1982

QRP – includes QRP DXing, some QRP contests, active on Western States QRP net for years, and Field Day with the Zuni Loop QRP group for years.

Hoping to do a little more homebrew construction.


Ridgecrest, in spite of it's name, is located in the Mojave Desert on the flat surface of an ancient lake bed. We are surrounded by mountains, with the Sierra Nevada range west of us about 30 miles. Elevation here is 2300 feet.

My antennas starting in 1982 were a 40/20 meter dipole at 18 feet and an HQ-1 MiniQuad (small 2-element 3-band yagi) at 24 feet. Frequent winds are a problem here. An Inverted L for 80 meters was added in 2013 with an initial height of 22 feet. In late 2014, the Inverted L was modified to get the top up to 36 feet.  I'm now up to 10 ground radials on the desert soil.

In the 1980's, I received my Mixed, CW, and Phone DXCC awards with 100 watts, and also a QRP ARCI DXCC using 4 watts. I never bothered to keep track of DXCC entities on separate bands.

After my retirement in 2011, I had more time available for radio activity, but was not putting many new contacts in the log. I did not find many new DXCC entities available to work with my limited power and antennas. I entered all my DX contacts into LOTW, and discovered I qualified for single band DXCC on a couple of bands, and was close on others.

About March of 2013, I was ready to try something different. In previous years I had made only a handfull of DX contacts on 80 meters and the WARC bands together, not having antennas suitable for them. I decided to finish up and apply for my single band DXCC awards on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters, and try for DXCC on each of the WARC bands, and on 80 meters to earn my 5 band DXCC. I didn't know how well DXing would work out on the WARC bands, without the benefit of contest activity, but I have qualified for DXCC on each of them.  When my 80 meter Inverted "L" was put up, I found I could also make contacts on the WARC bands with it, using a homebrew tuner in the shack, and 6 radials on the desert ground.  In January 2014, I tried RTTY for the first time, using paddle input to the K3.  I have reached DXCC on RTTY, also.

80 Meters has been a tougher challenge.  Operating at 100 watts with my Inverted "L" on 80 meters is like operating QRP on the higher bands.  I made it to 100 DXCC confirmed on 30 Nov 2015, operating mostly CW.  It seems I also picked the top of this weak sunspot cycle to start 80 meter DXing, instead of the minimum - adding to the challenge.  Below is my DXCC record from LOTW. 

Thanks to all for the contacts.  It has been interesting to see what DX success is possible with a 100 watt transceiver and minimal antennas on a city lot.

73, Keith W6SIY

DXCC Award New LoTW QSLs DXCC Credits Awarded Total (All) Total (Current)
Mixed 0 304 304 298
CW 0 297 297 291
Phone 1 212 213 210
Digital 1 140 141 141
160M 2 1 3 3
80M 1 105 106 106
40M 0 166 166 166
30M 1 168 169 169
20M 1 260 261 259
17M 1 174 175 175
15M 0 212 212 211
12M 1 164 165 165
10M 1 200 201 199
Challenge 8 1445 --- 1453


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