My interest in radio began around age 10 in the early 1960s by tuning around the AM broadcast band late at night. Then I became a shortwave listener after I assembled a Knightkit Star Roamer. I still have my Popular Electronics "Short-Wave Monitor" certificate with WPE9IGS proudly hanging on the wall and it is quite sad that almost all of my favorite stations from those days are now QRT. A couple years later, several of my friends and I became interested in CB radios so I built a Knightkit C-22. Since I was just 13, my father sent in the FCC application to get our license, KLK 1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. Channel 17 eventually became "our" channel and we would often work on our homework together over the air. The ham radio bug bit in 1967 during high school and I found a local ham who graciously offered to administer the Novice test.
Amateur radio officially began for me that December when my call, WN9WNQ, finally appeared in the mailbox. My first station was a Knightkit T-150 and Heathkit Mohawk. That following summer I upgraded to General at the Chicago FCC office and my call changed to WA9WNQ. In 1981, I went back to the Chicago FCC office to take my Extra class exam and I was issued KK9H. I mostly operate CW, but I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. Currently I am president of the North Shore Radio Club and am a former treasurer of the Northern Illinois DX Association. I am a member of the ARRL have DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY modes. I also have 5BDXCC with endorsements for 30, 17 and 12 meters and I am working diligently to add 160. I also have WAZ and 6M VUCC. My station is an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 connected to either a HyGain AV-640, a 130 ft. inverted-L or 3-el 6M yagi at 35 feet. I also have an Elecraft K3 to use for portable operation at Field Day and as a vacation rig.
I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor and I volunteer my industry expertise as a FINRA securities dispute arbitrator. In 1997 I was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield and served two terms for eight years. Having grown up and lived there for most of my life made it the most interesting and rewarding of my volunteer experiences. I am currently a trustee of the Northfield Police Pension Fund. Northfield is a small village with a population of just over 5400 located about 17 miles north of downtown Chicago. 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, WWII history and Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
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