My interest in radio started around age 10 in the early 1960s by tuning around the AM broadcast band late at night. Then I built a Knightkit Star Roamer that I received for Christmas and became fascinated with shortwave listening. I still have my Popular Electronics magazine WPE9IGS "Short-wave Monitor" certificate. A couple years later, several of my friends and I began using CB radios. Since I was only 13, my father sent in the FCC application to get a license and we were assigned KLK-1543.
Amateur radio officially began for me in late 1967 when my Novice call, WN9WNQ, arrived in the mailbox. That following summer I passed my General test at the Chicago FCC office and my call changed to WA9WNQ. Some years later, I finally went back to the Chicago FCC office to take my Extra exam and was issued KK9H. I operate mostly CW, but I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. Chasing DX has always been a favorite pursuit of mine and I have DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY as well as 5BDXCC with endorsements for 30, 17 and 12 meters. I am currently working diligently to add 160. I also have WAS, WAZ and 6M VUCC.
I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I work in the wealth management division of a large bank as a financial advisor. In 1997 I was elected mayor of my home town and served for eight years. Since I grew up and have lived in Northfield for most of my life made that one of the most interesting and rewarding of volunteer experiences. My other interests include golf, fishing and Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
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