Amateur radio K3URT

Lower Paxton TownshipDauphin CountyPennsylvania, U.S.A. MaidenHeadFN10og



SkyWarn Observer # 157052


 Technician, 7 July 1994, Smithburg, MD. [Antietam Radio Amateur Club]

 General, 15 March 2011, Carlisle, PA. [South Mountain Radio Amateurs]

 Extra, 23 November 2013, White Marsh, MD. [AERO Amateur Radio Club]

FCC reference license copy

VOLUNTEER EXAMINER (ARRLW5YI and LAUREL) accredited until 6 November 2018.


  • For portable work, I use a Yaseu FT-60 walkie-talkie, FMVHF/UHF.
  • My home base radio is Yaesu FTDX-3000.
    • Digital set up for rig to computer (Macintosh) details here: pdf
  • Retired: an all-mode  Yaseu FT-897DHF to UHF. Modified with a 500 Hz filter (digital and CW).
  • Using a MFJ-949E for the tuner.


  • Diamond Arrow 2-meter/1.25cm quarter wave antenna, 7 meters high.
  • MFJ-1768 dual band yagi for 2m/70cm - back in service after a driven element broke during a wind storm. Works very well. Vertically polarized, up about 5 meters on top of the 6 meter Yagi on a rotor.
  •  For 6-meters I use Cushcraft A50-3S 3-element beam 5 meters high.
  • For HF a What Is My Antenna?, up 8.5 meters) high at center apex; 7 meters at ends. Essentially a 43 meter long doublet fed with ladder line coming into a built in 4:1 balun at the tuner (MFJ-949E). Works FABULOUSLY. I just wish I could get it higher! Runs North/South.
  • Chameleon EMCOMM II, end-fed Zepp, 18 meters long at from 4 to 8 meters; NVIS use, 160-10 meters. Works great!
  • Out of service antennas:
  • 10 meter Extended Double ZeppWorked great, but 10 meters is dead for awhile.
  • Experimental W3EDP, but 84 feet (25.6 meters) long. REMOVED. It worked well, homebrewed the ladder line. Will use for emergencies.
  • 4 element homebrewed cubical quad for 2 meters, 6 meters high. REMOVED. Just not sturdy enough for my windy hill.
  • G5RV for 10-40 meters, erected in 2008, but removed in 2013.
  • Dipole antenna for 30 meter band, up 6 meters running north/south.

QSL POLICY: (all 100%, all welcomed including SWLers, but SWLers please include SASE if possible): eQSL (AG) • LoTW • ClubLog • Direct • Bureau

My Shack photos

COMPUTERApple Macintosh IMac G5 (Late 2009 model) with 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 Gigabytes RAM, 500 Gigabyte Hard Drive; System 10.13.1

SOFTWAREAether 1.6 for my logbook; fldigi for digital work; RumLog for contesting.

Other URL sites you can find me

ACTIVITIES: I am largely a digital operator, using under 30-45 watts, primarily modes PSK-31 and some RTTY and OLIVIA. Depending on the type of contest, I will use voice. I am not a “rag chewer” type.



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