My primary HF station consists of an Elecraft K3 Transceiver with P3 band display. The K3 drives an Amp Supply LK 500 ZC amplifier that puts out about 1000 to 1500 watts.
I use an LDG AT1000Pro automatic antenna tuner, a LP-100A Power/SWR meter for tuning. My primary antenna on 10,15 and 20 meters is a three element Mosley CL-33 yagi at 60 feet (18 meters). The tower is a US Tower TX 455 crank up that is 55 foot high when fully extended. I am currently using a Butternut HF6V vertical for 40 and 80 meters.
I also have an Icom 706 MKII-G all mode all band radio that I now use as for 70 centimeter, 2 meter and 6 meter operation that I use in the car.
I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since I received my technicians license on July 20, 1993. On February 2, 2010 I changed my call from my original N3PSJ to KE3C. I enjoy working HF and contesting.
In 2009 I decided to write a program for controlling my Elecraft K3 radio from the computer keyboard. I was annoyed that I could not activate my voice keyer without switching between the contest logging software and the rig control software, so I built K-Keys, a program to control the voice keyer and other functions from the keyboard without having to switch windows. If you have a K2 or K3, download K-Keys and give it a try.
In June of 2009 I joined the VE2DXY CQWW contest DXpedition. We operate from the small town of Sept Ìles in Northern Quebec in Zone 2 each year during the CQWW contest. Please see our website at http://www.wix.com/andyvavra/VE2DXY.
I am a member of the ARRL (Life Member), Warminster Amateur Radio Club and Frankford Radio Contesting Club.
I am a graduate of Ligonier Valley Sr. High School and I have my bachelors degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) in Mechanical Engineering. For the last 14 years I have worked for Merion Matters, a publishing, media and marketing company as the Director of Business and Information Systems where I manage helpdesk, technology, development and warehouse operations.