(Please note: I am not a QSL manager for any K9W DXpedition to Wake Island.)
Like many future hams in the 1960s, my interest in radio began as an AM broadcast band and shortwave listener. I still have my original Star Roamer receiver and my Popular Electronics "Monitor Station" certificate, WPE9IGS. It is really sad that most of my favorite shortwave stations from that era have gone QRT. Later, many of my friends and I got interested in CB radios. I built a Knightkit C-22 and since I was under 18, my father dutifully completed the form to get our FCC license, KLK1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. Two of them later became Novices at the same time I did.
Amateur radio officially began for me at age 15 in December 1967 when the FCC issued my Novice call, WN9WNQ. Novices could only operate CW on 80, 40 and 15 meters with up to 75 watts of power at that time. Six months later I upgraded to General at the Chicago FCC office and became WA9WNQ. Finally in the fall of 1981, I upgraded to Extra and was issued KK9H. I still operate mostly CW and love to chase DX, but I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. Field Day is one of my absolute favorite ham radio events and in late July you will find me operating portable from Washington Is., WI. I am an active member of the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Assn. I also belong to QCWA, GERITOL, CWops, 10-10 and the ARRL. I currently have 328 DXCC entities confirmed along with WAZ, 5BDXCC plus 30, 17 and 12 meters, and VUCC on 6 meters.
My station consists of an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 amp connected to a HyGain AV-640 vertical, a 130 ft. Inverted-L and a 6 meter 3-element yagi. For local VHF/UHF I use either a Kenwood TM-V71A dual bander or a Motorola XPR-4550 MotoTRBO. I also have an Icom IC-38A for 220 MHz. When operating portable I use an Elecraft K3 with a PAR End-Fedz 40/20. My car has another TM-V71A for voice and APRS with a TinyTrak3. I am also active on D-Star with an IC-91AD.
I am married and have two adult children. Professionally, I am a financial consultant and registered investment advisor. In 1997 I was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield and served in that capacity for eight years. Having lived there as a child and for most of my adult life made it one of the most interesting volunteer things I have ever done. Northfield has a population of 5400 and is located about 17 miles north of downtown Chicago. Currently I am serving as a trustee of the Northfield Police pension fund. 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, skeet, WW2 history and the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup champions!
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