My interest in radio began at age 10 in the early 1960s by tuning around the AM broadcast band late at night. Then I became a shortwave listener when I built a Knightkit Star Roamer around age 12. I still have my Popular Electronics "Short-Wave Monitor" certificate with WPE9IGS and it is really sad that practically all of my favorite stations from those days are QRT. While in 7th grade, several of my friends and I became interested in CB radio so I built a Knightkit C-22. Since I was only 13, my father completed the FCC application to get our license, KLK 1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. Channel 17 became "our" channel and we would often do our homework over the air. The ham radio bug bit during my sophomore year in high school and we found a local ham who graciously offered to administer our Novice license tests.
Amateur radio officially began for me in December 1967 when my new call WN9WNQ finally arrived in the mail. My first station was a Knightkit T-150 and a Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk. I vividly remember pounding away on 3725 or 7156 KHz. That following summer I upgraded to General class at the Chicago FCC office and my call changed to WA9WNQ. In 1981, I went back to the Chicago FCC office to take the Extra class exam (20 WPM CW) and was issued KK9H. I still operate mostly CW, but at I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. I am President of the North Shore Radio Club and a former Treasurer the Northern Illinois DX Association. I am also a member of the ARRL, QCWA, GERITOL, 10-10. CWops and SKCC. I currently hold DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY, along with 5BDXCC that includes 30, 17 and 12 meter band endorsements. I also have WAZ, WAS and 6M VUCC. My station is an Icom IC-7800 connected to either a HyGain AV-640, or a 130 ft. inverted-L or a 6M 3-el yagi at 35 feet. I use DX4WIN with LOTW for logging, N1MM for contests and MMTTY or Digipan for digital modes. I also have an Elecraft K3 that I use on vacation, Field Day and as a back up rig. On VHF/UHF I own two Kenwood TM-V71As that I use at home and in my car.
I am married and we have two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor and I volunteer my time 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. I am currently a trustee of the Northfield Police Pension Fund. Northfield has a population of just over 5400 and is a Chicago suburb located about 17 miles north of downtown. 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, WWII history, Chicago Blackhawks hockey and escaping to Washington Island, WI.
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