My interest in radio began fairly young by tuning across the AM broadcast band for distant stations on my bedside clock radio. Sometime around age 11, my father and I assembled a Knight Kit Star Roamer receiver and I became fascinated with shortwave listening. Radio Moscow, Radio Peking and Radio Havana were constantly blasting out their anti-American "Yankee Imperialist" propaganda which provided many hours of entertainment. I also enjoyed listening to DXer's programs from Radio Netherland, HCJB and Radio South Africa. I even sent away for a Popular Electronics "Short-wave Monitor" certificate and was issued WPE9IGS. I still have it hanging on the wall in my shack. While I was in 8th grade, many of my friends became interested in CB radios and I built a Knight Kit C-22 base station. My father sent in the form for our FCC license and we were assigned KLK-1543. Those were really fun times.
In 1967, at age 15, I passed my Novice test and received the call WN9WNQ. My first station was a Knight Kit R-100A , T-150 and various dipole antennas. After about 6 months I went downtown to the Chicago FCC office to upgrade to General and my call became WA9WNQ. In 1976 I passed the Advanced exam 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 of mine and I am currently on the Honor Roll with 331 confirmed. I also hold DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY modes as well as on all bands from 80 through 10 meters. In addition I hold 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 belong to Ten-Ten Int'l, QCWA, CWops, SKCC and the ARRL.
My HF station is an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 connected to either a 130 ft. inverted-L or a HyGain AV-640 vertical. I also have an Elecraft K3 that I use as a back up and portable rig. During late July will find me operating with it from Washington Island, WI. For local operation I use two Kenwood TM-V71A dual band radios, one in my shack connected to a Diamond X-50 at 35 ft. and the other in my car that has a TinyTrak 3 connected for APRS. I also enjoy operating D-Star with an Icom ID-51A and Winlink packet radio with a Kantronics KPC-3+ and Kenwood TM-281A. The North Shore Radio Club's NS9RC beacon on 28.297 MHz is operating from my QTH running 5 watts from a Radio Shack HTX-100 to a Cushcraft AR-10 vertical at 30 ft.
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 to village president (mayor) of Northfield, IL and served for two terms equal to 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 Loop area. Currently, I am serving as a trustee of the village's police pension fund. My other interests include golf, fishing, WWII history and the Chicago Blackhawks.
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