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 so sad that all my favorite shortwave stations from that era have gone QRT. Later, several of my friends and I got interested in CB and I built a Knightkit C-22. Since I was only 12, my father mailed in the FCC application to get our "official" license, KLK-1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. We often worked on our homework over the air together well into the early morning hours. Later, while in high school, I approached a local ham who agreed to give me the Novice test and then I waited to see what call the FCC would give me.
Amateur radio officially began for me on December 26, 1967 when my Novice license WN9WNQ arrived in the mail. My first station was a Heathkit RX-1 and a Knightkit T-60. Six months later when I upgraded to General, my call became WA9WNQ. In late 1981, I passed my Extra and was issued KK9H. I really like to operate CW and 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 have DXCC on CW, phone and RTTY, 5BDXCC with 30, 17 and 12 meter endorsements, WAZ and 6M VUCC. My station is an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 amp feeding either a HyGain AV-640 vertical, a 130 ft. inverted-L or a 3-el yagi at 35 ft. for 6M. I also have an Elecraft K3 for portable and other uses.
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 and lived there for most of my 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 Chicago's Loop area. Currently, I am serving as a trustee of the village's 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 Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
73 & Good DX!
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