Like many future hams in the 1960s, my interest in radio began as an AM broadcast 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 all 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 FCC form to get our license, KLK-1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. We often did our homework together over the air. 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 no more than 75 watts and crystal controlled transmitters back then. 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 favorite ham radio events and in late July you will find me operating from Washington Island, WI. I am an active member of the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Assn. I also belong to QCWA #30253, GERITOL #2208, CWops #480, 10-10 #14855 and the ARRL. I currently have 328 DXCC countries confirmed along with 5BDXCC plus 30, 17 and 12 meters, WAZ and VUCC on 6 meters.
My station consists of an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 amp connected to either a HyGain AV-640 vertical, a 130 ft. Inverted-L fed through a Drake MN-2700 tuner or a 3-element 6M yagi at 35 feet. For local VHF/UHF I use either a Kenwood TM-V71A dual bander, a UHF Motorola XPR-4550 MotoTRBO or an Icom IC-38A for 220 MHz. When operating portable I run an Elecraft K3 into a 6M Moxon or a PAR End Fedz. My car has another TM-V71A installed with a TinyTrak3 for voice and APRS. I am also active on D-Star with an IC-91AD handheld.
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 that experience 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 economics from the University of the South (Sewanee) and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. My other interests include golf, fishing, skeet, WW2 history and Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
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