My interest in radio began by tuning across the AM broadcast band for distant stations late at night on my bedside clock radio. Later I assembled a Knightkit Star Roamer receiver and became fascinated with shortwave listening. Radio Moscow, Radio Peking and Radio Havana were blasting out their anti-American "Yankee Imperialist" propaganda which provided many hours of entertainment. I also enjoyed listening to programs from BBC, Deutche Welle, HCJB and Radio Australia. Eventually, I sent away for a Popular Electronics "Short-wave Monitor" certificate and was assigned WPE9IGS. I still have it hanging on the wall in my shack. Around 1964, many of my friends and I became interested in CB radios so I built a Knightkit C-22 base station. Since I was only 12, my father sent in the FCC license form and we received the call KLK-1543. Those were really fun times.
A few years later, at age 15, I became a Novice and received the call WN9WNQ. My first station was a Heathkit Mohawk receiver and Knightkit T-150 transmitter connected to various dipole antennas. After about 6 months I went to the Chicago FCC office to take my General and my call changed to WA9WNQ. In 1976 I passed the Advanced, but kept WA9WNQ which I held until late 1981. At that time I went back to the FCC office, passed the 20 WPM Extra and was issued KK9H. From the very beginning, working DX has been a favorite activity and I currently have 331 DXCC entities confirmed. I have DXCC in CW, phone and RTTY modes as well as on all bands from 80 through 10 meters. I also have WAS, WAZ and 6M VUCC. I am a member of two great local clubs, the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Association. I also support Ten-Ten International, GERATOL Net, SKCC, CWOps, QCWA and the ARRL.
My HF radio is an Icom IC-7800 connected to either a 130 ft. inverted-L at 50 feet, or a HyGain AV-640 vertical at 15 feet or a 3-element 6M yagi at 35 feet. I also have an Elecraft K3 that I use as a portable rig and when on summer vacation on Washington Island, WI. For local operation I have two Kenwood TM-V71A dual band radios in my shack and in my car. I also enjoy using D-Star with an Icom ID-51A and Winlink packet radio with a Kantronics KPC-3+ and Kenwood TM-281A.
I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor with the wealth management division of a major bank and I also volunteer my time with FINRA as a securities industry arbitrator. In 1997 I was elected village president (mayor) of Northfield, IL and served for eight years. Since I have lived there for most of my life, that experience was both fun and rewarding. Northfield is a fairly small Chicago suburb with a population of just over 5400 located about 17 miles north of Chicago's downtown Loop area. Currently, I am serving as a trustee of Northfield's police pension fund. My other interests include golf, fishing, WWII history and Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey.
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