My interest in radio began around age 10 in the early 1960s by tuning around the AM broadcast band late at night. Then I became a shortwave listener when I assembled a Knightkit Star Roamer at age 12. I still have my Popular Electronics "Short-Wave Monitor" certificate with WPE9IGS and it is really sad that practically all of my favorite stations from those days are now QRT. 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 license, KLK 1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. Channel 17 became "our" channel and we would often do our homework together over the air. The ham radio bug bit during my sophomore year in high school and we found a local ham who graciously administered our Novice tests for us.
Amateur radio officially began for me in December 1967 when my new call WN9WNQ arrived in the mail. My first station was a Knightkit T-150 and a Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk. I vividly remember pounding away on 3725 or 7156 KHz. 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 (with 20 WPM CW) and was issued KK9H. I still operate mostly CW, but at I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. I am currently President of the North Shore Radio Club and a former Treasurer the Northern Illinois DX Association. I am also a member of the ARRL, QCWA, GERITOL, Ten-Ten, CWops and SKCC. I hold DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY modes, along with 5BDXCC that includes 30, 17 and 12 meter band endorsements and I am working diligently to add 160. I also have WAZ, WAS and 6M VUCC. My station is an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 with the following antennas: a HyGain AV-640, a 130 ft. inverted-L and a 6M 3-el 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 K3/100 that I use for Field Day, vacations and as a back up rig. On VHF/UHF I have two Kenwood TM-V71As that I use as a base station and in my car. Lastly, I am active on the VHF/UHF digital modes with an Icom ID-51A for D-Star and a Motorola xpr-4550 for DMR.
I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor and I volunteer my industry expertise as a FINRA securities dispute arbitrator. In 1997 I was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield and served two terms for eight years. Having lived there for most of my life made that one of the most interesting and rewarding volunteer experiences I have ever had. I am currently a trustee of the Northfield Police Pension Fund. Northfield is a small suburb with a population of just over 5400 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 (Owen School). My other interests include golf, fishing, WWII history and the Chicago Blackhawks.
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