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In the early 1960s, my interest in radio began as an AM broadcast band and shortwave listener. I still have my Knightkit Star Romer receiver and my Popular Electronics "Monitor Station" certificate identifying me as WPE9IGS. It is so sad that practically all of my favorite shortwave stations from that era are now QRT. Later, several of my friends and I got interested in CB radio so I built a Knightkit C-22. Since I was only 12, my father completed the FCC application to get our license, KLK-1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun with those radios. We would often work on our homework over the air well after midnight. Later, when we were Sophomores in high school, we asked a local ham to give us the Novice test which he kindly did. Then we patiently waited for our results to arrive in the mail to see if we had actually passed.

Amateur radio officially began for me in December 1967 when my Novice call WN9WNQ finally appeared in the mailbox. My first station was a Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk receiver and a Knightkit T-60 transmitter. Six months later I upgraded to General and became WA9WNQ. In November 1981, I became an Extra and was issued KK9H. I mostly operate CW and chase DX, but I also enjoy Phone, RTTY and PSK31. Locally, I am an active member of the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Assn. I also belong to the ARRL, QCWA, GERITOL, CWops, 10-10 and SKCC. I hold DXCC on CW, Phone and Digital, along with 5BDXCC including 30, 17 and 12 meter endorsements, WAZ and 6M VUCC. My station is an Icom IC-7800 connected to either a HyGain AV-640 vertical, a 130 ft. inverted-L or a 3-el 6M yagi at 35 ft. I also have an Elecraft K3 used for travel, Field Day and other uses.

I am married with two adult children. Professionally, I am a registered investment advisor and I volunteer as a FINRA securities dispute arbitrator. I was elected Village President (mayor) of Northfield in 1997 and served in that capacity for two 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 downtown. Currently, I am serving as a trustee of the 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 ice hockey.

73 & Good DX!

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