My interest in radio began in the early 1960s as an AM broadcast and shortwave listener with a Knightkit Star Roamer. I still have my Popular Electronics WPE9IGS "Short-Wave Monitor" certificate from those days and it is really sad that all of my favorite shortwave stations have gone QRT. Later while in 6th grade, several of my friends and I became interested in CB radios so my dad and I built a Knightkit C-22 base station. Since I was only 12, he completed the application to get our FCC license, KLK1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. We would often use them to work on our homework until well after midnight. As we entered high school, the ham radio bug bit during our sophomore year so we asked a local ham, WA9NME, to give us the Novice test which he graciously did at his home.
Amateur radio officially began for me in December 1967 when my Novice license with WN9WNQ finally arrived in the mail. My first station was a Knightkit T-60 and a Heathkit Mohawk. I still remember pounding away on either 3725 or 7156 with the crystals I had. That summer I upgraded to General and my call became WA9WNQ. In November 1981, I passed my Extra exam and was issued KK9H. I still mostly operate CW, but at I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. I am an active member of the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Association. I also belong to the ARRL, QCWA, GERITOL, 10-10. CWops and SKCC. I currently hold DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY, along with 5BDXCC including 30, 17 and 12 meter endorsements, WAZ, WAS and 6M VUCC. My station is an Icom IC-7800 connected to either a HyGain AV-640 vertical, or a 130 ft. inverted-L or a 3-el 6M yagi at 35 ft. I use DX4WIN and LoTW for general logging, N1MM for contests, MMTTY for RTTY and Digipan for PSK-31. I also have an Elecraft K3 that I use on vacations and Field Day.
I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor and I often volunteer as a FINRA securities dispute arbitrator. In 1997 was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield and served 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 have a BA in economics from the University of the South (Sewanee) and MBA from Vanderbilt University. My other interests include golf, fishing, WWII history and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks.
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