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Hello!

Like many future hams in the 1960s, my interest in radio began as an AM broadcast band and shortwave listener. I still have my Knightkit Star Roamer receiver and my Popular Electronics "Monitor Station" certificate identifying me as WPE9IGS. It is really sad that all my favorite shortwave stations from that era have gone QRT. Later, several of my friends and I got interested in CB radios. I built a Knightkit C-22 and was quite relieved that it worked perfectly the first time I turned it on. Since I was only 11, my father filled out the FCC form to get our license, KLK-1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. We often worked on our school homework over the air well into the early hours of the morning. Later, while in high school, my friends and I approached a local ham and took our Novice exams together.

Amateur radio officially began for me in December 1967 when my Novice call, WN9WNQ, arrived in the mail. Novices could only use CW on 80, 40 and 15 meters with no more than 75 watts at that time. Six months later I upgraded to General and my call became WA9WNQ. In the fall of 1981, I passed my Extra and received KK9H. I mostly operate CW to chase DX, but I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. I am an active member of the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Assn. I also belong to the ARRL, QCWA #30253, GERITOL #2208, CWops #480, 10-10 #14855 and SKCC #17755. I currently have 328 confirmed DXCC and 5BDXCC with 30, 17 and 12 meters endorsements. I also have DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY, WAZ and 6M VUCC. My HF station is an Icom IC-7800 feeding either a HyGain AV-640, a 135 ft. inverted-L or a 3-el 6M yagi at 35 ft. I also have an Elecraft K3/100 which used for portable and back-up purposes. VHF/UHF FM, DMR, D-Star and packet radio are handled with appropriate radios for those modes as well.

I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor and I volunteer as a FINRA securities dispute arbitrator. In 1997 I was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield and served in that capacity for eight years. Having grown up in Northfield and living there for most of my adult life made that experience one of the most interesting and rewarding volunteer activities I have ever done. Northfield has a population just over 5400 and is a Chicago suburb located about 17 miles north of the Loop. Currently, I am serving as a trustee of the 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, WWII history and Chicago Blackhawks hockey.

73 & Good DX!

Don

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