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My interest in radio began by tuning across the AM broadcast band late at night on my bedside clock radio. In 1963, around age 11, my father and I assembled a Knight Kit Star Roamer receiver and I became fascinated with shortwave listening. Radio Moscow, Radio Peking and Radio Havana were constantly blasting out their anti-American "Yankee Imperialist" propaganda which provided many hours of entertainment. I also enjoyed listening to weekly DXer programs from Radio Netherland, HCJB and Radio South Africa. Eventually I sent away for a Popular Electronics "Short-wave Monitor" certificate and was assigned WPE9IGS. I still have it proudly hanging on the wall in my shack. Later, while in 8th grade, many of my friends and I became interested in CB radios so I built a Knight Kit C-22 base station. My father mailed in the FCC license form and we were issued the callsign KLK-1543. Those were really fun times.

In late 1967, while a high school sophomore, I took my Novice test and received the call WN9WNQ. My first station was a Knight Kit R-100A, T-150 and various dipole antennas. After about 6 months I went downtown to the Chicago FCC office to upgrade to General and my call became WA9WNQ. In 1976 I passed the Advanced exam but kept WA9WNQ which I held until late 1981. At that time I went back to the FCC office, passed the 20 WPM Extra and was issued KK9H. From the very beginning, working DX has been a favorite activity of mine and I am currently on the Honor Roll with 331 confirmed. I also hold DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY modes as well as on all bands from 80 through 10 meters. In addition I hold WAS, WAZ and 6M VUCC. I am a member of two great local clubs, the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Association. I also have member numbers for Ten-Ten, QCWA, CWops, SKCC and GERATOL.

My HF station is an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 used with either a 130 ft. inverted-L or a HyGain AV-640 vertical. I also have an Elecraft K3 that I use as a back up and portable rig. For local operation I use two Kenwood TM-V71A dual band radios, one in my shack connected to a Diamond X-50 at 35 ft. and the other in my car that has a TinyTrak 3 connected to it for APRS. I also enjoy D-Star with an Icom ID-51A and Winlink with a Kantronics KPC-3+ and Kenwood TM-281A. The North Shore Radio Club 10M beacon, NS9RC, running 5 watts to a 1/2 wave vertical is located at my QTH.

I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor with the wealth management division of a major bank and I also volunteer my time with FINRA as a securities industry arbitrator. In 1997 I was elected to village president (mayor) of Northfield, IL and served for two terms or eight years. Since I have lived there for most of my life, that experience was both fun and rewarding. Northfield is a fairly small Chicago suburb with a population of just over 5400 located about 17 miles north of Chicago's downtown Loop area. Currently, I am serving as a trustee of the village's police pension fund. My other interests include golf, fishing, WWII history and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks.

73, Don

 

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