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W9BIK is a vanity call that originally belonged to my father, Hugh Barkley, in Hinsdale, IL during the late 1920's & early 1930's. I still have some of his "9BIK" QSL cards from back then -- very interesting to read what they built back then, since there was very little commercial amateur radio equipment. I often think of those days when he was a radio pioneer and what it must have been like back then. He inspired me to become a ham when I was a young boy in elementary school in Chicago during the 1950's. Unfortunately he passed away when I was 15 and I did not carry through with getting my license until I was about 20.

I was first licensed in 1964 as WA9LDU while serving in the U.S Navy at San Diego, CA. Later, in the mid to late 1960's, I was stationed in the Navy at Memphis, TN (the U.S. “4” call area) and changed my call to WB4CBZ as required by the FCC at the time. I retired from the Navy in 1983 while stationed Pennsylvania and changed my call to KC3HK because I decided to remain in the PA, the U.S."3" call area.

I have 2M & 70CM FM in the mobile with an FT-8900, although my commute is a few minutes and that does not give me much time on the air. I also have an FT-857D & Little Tarheel II that will be going mobile soon for longer trips. We have a summer house in northern VT, and the mobile rigs help make that 8 hour drive feel a little shorter. I also have an FT-950 I use as a base station with a 40M doublet on 40M and up. Hope to have an 80M full wave loop soon. My old IC-740 still works well, gets good signal reports, and is kept in reserve as a backup.

See you on the bands!

73,
Chuck

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