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My interest in radio began in the early 1960s as an AM broadcast band and shortwave listener with a Knightkit Star Roamer receiver. I still have my Popular Electronics "Monitor Station" certificate from those days identifying me as WPE9IGS. It is so sad that practically all of my favorite shortwave broadcast stations have gone QRT. Later, several of my friends and I became interested in CB radio so I built a Knightkit C-22 base station. Since I was only 11, my father completed the application to get our FCC call, KLK-1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. We would often use them to work on our homework together until well after midnight. Later, when we were sophomores in high school, the ham radio bug bit so we asked a local ham to give us the Novice test and fortunately, we all passed.

Amateur radio officially began for me in late December 1967 when my Novice call WN9WNQ finally arrived in the mail. My first station was a Heathkit Mohawk receiver and a Knightkit T-150 transmitter. That following summer I upgraded to General and my call became WA9WNQ. Finally, in November 1981, I passed my Extra and was issued KK9H. I mostly operate CW, but I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. Locally, I am an active member of the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Assn. I also belong to the ARRL, QCWA, GERITOL, CWops, 10-10 and SKCC. I hold DXCC on CW, Phone and Digital modes, along with 5BDXCC including 30, 17 and 12 meter endorsements. I also have WAZ, WAS and 6M VUCC. My home station is an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 amp connected to either a HyGain AV-640 vertical, a 130 ft. inverted-L through a Drake MN2700 or a 3-el 6M yagi at 35 ft. I use DX4WIN and LoTW for general logging, N1MM for contest logging, MMTTY for RTTY operation and Digipan for PSK-31. I also have an Elecraft K3 that I use on vacation, Field Day and public service events.

I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor and I often volunteer my time as a FINRA securities dispute arbitrator. In 1997 was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield and served in that capacity for eight years. Having lived there for most of my life made that experience one of the most interesting and rewarding volunteer things I have ever done. Northfield has a population just over 5400 and is a suburb located about 17 miles north of downtown Chicago. I am currently serving as a trustee of the Northfield Police Pension Fund. I hold a BA in economics from the University of the South (Sewanee) and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. My other interests include golf, fishing, WWII history and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks.

73, Don

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