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I am a retired Senior Electrical Engineer from Caterpillar Inc.  My current stint is a Senior Project Engineer at Manufacturing Maintenance Solutions in Pekin Il where I serve as a Training Instructor and Electrical Engineer as needed.
Currently serving as the ARRL ILL Assistant Section Manager (ASM) and the
Central Division Assistant Director (AD). Both of these offices are appointments.

My station antenna has recently been upgraded to a US Tower HDX 589 with a Steppir Dream Beam 36 6 Meter through 80 Meter Beam. Four active elements make this a great antenna. Antenna is coupled to the mast with an NN4ZZ Tilt-Plate that keeps the antenna parallel to the ground as the tower is tilted back to ground level for service.  Rotor is an M2 2800 with a Green Heron Point and Shoot Controller.   The Alpha 87A Amp is a nice addition to any shack and made operating this console lots of fun during contests.

The rig here is a Yaesu FTdx9000 connected to the computer with a MicroHam MicroKeyer II, an LP-100A Wattmeter and an Array solutions Six Pack allowing me to select any of six antennas to either of my two radios. The second station here is a FT1000MP-MK5 with a Rigblaster Pro. PSK-31 used to be my favorite mode for favorite mode for DX until I discovered the thrill of contesting in the CQ WPX. I also keep a Kenwood 480SAT in the van, fully operational with a Tarheel 800A, but this mobile rig is on a quick dis-connect for those times when a quick radio demo is required or a Field Day operation is available.

I just started contesting a couple of years ago and got a serious bug after working CQ WPX.  It was right after this contest that I discovered that contesters will upload their logs to LoTW.  This type of response got me interested in getting an electronic WAS and DXCC.

Contesting also got me interested in CW and RTTY.  My skills are lacking with these modes but I am improving. 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KB9NW
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dedateband mode grid Country op
TF3Y 2014-03-08 10m CW HP94bd Iceland Yngvi Hardarson
AA3B 2014-01-12 80m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
KC0W 2014-01-12 40M CW DN86px United States THOMAS M CALLAS
KF7PBM 2014-01-05 20M RTTY DN08fi United States JOSEPH J SOMDAY
ON6DP 2014-01-05 15m RTTY JO20sm Belgium PAUL DELMELLE
KF7PBM 2014-01-05 40M RTTY DN08fi United States JOSEPH J SOMDAY
VE2SG 2014-01-05 40m RTTY FN46hv Canada Stephane
AA3B 2014-01-04 20m RTTY FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
KP4EU 2013-12-14 10M SSB FK68nk Puerto Rico ANGEL L SAAVEDRA DE JESUS
OP4A 2013-11-24 40m CW JO21lh Belgium Cis (Francis) Bauweraerts
AD5OW 2013-09-29 80m RTTY EM52pj United States James D Swiger
AA3B 2013-09-29 80m RTTY FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
NB3R 2013-09-28 20M RTTY FN20go United States David B Arwood
AJ7G 2013-09-28 40m RTTY EM80ln United States RANDY R WOODS
VE5UO 2013-08-04 40M CW DO62qe Canada David Scarfe

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