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My interest in radio began around age 10 in the early 1960s as an AM broadcast band listener with my bedside clockradio. Then I became a shortwave listener when I built a Knightkit Star Roamer around age 12. I still have my Popular Electronics WPE9IGS "Short-Wave Monitor" certificate from those days and it is really sad that practically all of my favorite stations are now QRT. Later while in 7th grade, several of my friends and I became interested in CB radio so I built a Knightkit C-22. Since I was only 13, my father completed the FCC application to get our call, KLK 1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. Channel 17 eventually became "our" channel and we would often work on our homework well into the night. The ham radio bug bit during our sophomore year in high school so we found a local ham who graciously offered to administer our Novice license tests.

Amateur radio officially began for me in late 1967 when my Novice call WN9WNQ finally arrived in the mail. My first station was a Knightkit T-150 with a Heathkit Mohawk receiver. I vividly remember pounding away my CQs on 3725 or 7156. That following summer I upgraded to General class at the Chicago FCC office and my call changed to WA9WNQ. In 1981, I went back to the Chicago FCC office to take the Extra class exam (20 WPM version!) and was issued KK9H. I operate mostly CW, but at I also enjoy operating Phone, RTTY and PSK31. I am President of the North Shore Radio Club and a former Treasurer the Northern Illinois DX Association (and W9DXCC). I also belong to the ARRL, QCWA, GERITOL, 10-10. CWops and SKCC. I currently hold DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY, along with mixed mode 5BDXCC that includes 30, 17 and 12 meter endorsements. I also have WAZ, WAS and 6M VUCC. My primary station is an Icom IC-7800 connected to either a HyGain AV-640 vertical at 15 feet, a 130 ft. inverted-L at 50 feet or a 3-el 6M yagi at 35 feet. I use DX4WIN and LOTW for general logging, N1MM for contests and MMTTY or Digipan for digital modes. I also have an Elecraft K3 that I use for vacations, club events, Field Day and as a back up rig. On VHF/UHF I have two Kenwood TM-V71As that I use at home and in my car.

I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor working in the wealth management division of a bank and I volunteer as a FINRA securities dispute arbitrator. In 1997 was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield and served two terms for eight years. Having lived there for most of my life made that experience one of the most interesting and rewarding volunteer things I have ever done. I am currently serving as a trustee of the Northfield Police Pension Fund. Northfield has a population of just over 5400 and is a suburb located about 17 miles north of downtown Chicago. I have a BA in economics from the University of the South (Sewanee) and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. My other interests include golf, fishing, WWII history, Chicago Blackhawks hockey and being on Washington Island, WI. (Yes, I know George W9EVT.)

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