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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 so I built a Knightkit C-22. Since I was only 12, my father mailed in the FCC application to get our Class D 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 Sophomores in high school, we asked a local ham who to give us the Novice test and which he kindly did. Then we patiently waited for mail responses to see if we had actually passed.

Amateur radio officially began for me on December 26, 1967 when my Novice call WN9WNQ was issued by the FCC. My first station was a Heathkit Mohawk and a Knightkit T-60. Six months later I upgraded to General and my call became WA9WNQ. In November 1981, I passed my Extra and was issued KK9H. I primarily 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 hold DXCC on CW, phone and digital, 5BDXCC with 30, 17, 12 meter endorsements, WAZ and 6M VUCC. My station consists of an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 feeding either a HyGain AV-640, a 130 ft. inverted-L or a 3-el 6M yagi at 35 ft. I also have an Elecraft K3 for travel, Field Day 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 there 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 downtown Chicago. Currently, I am serving as a trustee of the Police Pension Fund. I hold a BA (economics) from the University of the South (Sewanee) and an MBA from Vanderbilt University Owen School. My other interests include golf, fishing, skeet, WWII history and Chicago Blackhawks hockey.

73 & Good DX!

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