To The Rise And Fall Of The Machine!

Salutations all my name is Travis

Welcome to my zone.

A world misunderstood by most. 


In the world of amateur radio I tend to favor Icom an opinion shared by many as well as disregarded by many! Although I must say, I prefer older rigs as opposed to newer rigs. Newer technology has its advantages. However I tend to favor a wide array of radios, which my friends and family always comment on.

It has been awhile since I have updated my page so I felt it was necessary to do so. As such: Update.

At the moment and for the last year I have been living in Spain. As such I have not been active, on the air. What I have been doing, however, is reading, studying, and preparing. IE: Studying antennas, radios, and possibilities for station design. Much like anyone else, my opinion has been influenced and changed over the years, and it will likely continue to evolve as I age and spend more time in the hobby. Having said that, I have recently (over the last year or so) developed an interest in Ten Tec and elecraft. So, my plans for a new station in the somewhat near future include an Elecraft K-Line. 

Well, I promised an update, that's that. 


My station is as follows

Icom IC-756 ProIII Primary/Base

Icom IC-7000 w/LDG AT-7000 Base

Ameritron AL-572

Yaesu VX-7R HT

Previously owned equipment

Icom IC-T7H

Icom IC-W2A

Icom IC-706MK2

Yaesu FT-100D

Yaesu FT-920

Kenwood TS-850SAT

(This is all of my recent equipment, there is more but it would take forever to list.)

The Family

Hams in my family

There are currently 9 active ham's in the family and sadly 1 departed.

KE3CK Frank Keck, Sr my grandfather

AA3MW Rose Keck, my grandmother (SK: Call reissued)

N3SLA Dave Keck, my uncle

N3TTK Karen Keck, my aunt

N3CDX "Chip" my cousin

N3WWY Ken Keck, my cousin.

KB3LAZ Travis Mccurd, Me

KB3NEY Andrew Keck, my cousin

KB3NYU Frank Keck Jr, my uncle

KB3RCL  Frank Keck III, my cousin

So as you can tell its a family hobby

(Calls listed in the granted.)



Tuning The Dial

You can usually catch me on one of the KE3JP Repeaters but if I'm not there you can try 3.955.00, 3.930.00, 3.933.00, 3.940.00, or, 3.973.00 LSB on the 75m band, or 28.480.00 USB, on 10m. But only if your properly licensed, of course. We don't need any infractions of the regulations.

Here's a good link to check out
RAG CHEWERS GROUP If you enjoy rag chewing this is a good group of guys. We hang out on 3.955.00 from midnight (0500UTC) 'till the wee hours of the morning. If you can't find us there try 3.950.00. 


My chatting and operating habits will grow change once I am back on the air. 160/80/40/60/20/10/6m will be my primary bands of choice. Some of them dual purpose. IE: Ragchew and or DX/contesting. Much like before Ragchew will mostly take place on 80(75)m but 160m will be added to the list. 10/6m will be used for local ragchew as well. 20/40m most likely for DX/Contest purposes. Particularly WAS as it will be on my short list for single band QRP. 


Remember when using my site that most of the info on my pages is unofficial and or just opinions. Keep this in mind, please and do not take the info collected from this for granted. Check out official websites for solid reassurance. The same goes for the forums and blog most info will be opinions from other hams and not solid fact. Having said that have fun and check out my blog, forums, links, and guest book.

Thx and 73 KB3LAZ


All info on this page is to the best of my knowledge .
Not responsible for any typographical errors.

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The Amateur's Code

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE... never knowingly operates in such a way as to lesson the pleasure of others.

LOYAL... offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE... with knowledge abrest of science, a well-built and effivient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY... slow and patient operating when requested; friendly advice and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED... radio is an avovcation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school, or community.

PATRIOTIC... station and skill always ready for service country and community.

-The original Amateur's Code was written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928.-

(This information was obtained via the 1990 ARRL Handbook.)

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