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All 'Bout 'EBE:

One Man. Many Transmitters. A Key Always at the Ready.

by Will E. Bindle*


First on the air as WN9EBE in 1970, "Chip" is first and foremost an avid CW operator, usually on 40 or 30 meters, with 80 meters also regularly used during the fall and winter radio seasons. Other bands of operation include 20, 15, 17, 12, and 10 meters.

On extremely rare occasions (at gunpoint) he reluctantly agrees to operate HF 'phone.

I jokingly call him a "CW Snob;" he emphatically insists he is not. He did, however, insist that I include the following Z-code in his biography:


What does "ZUT" mean?  Find out here.


ARRLFISTS  #12885;  SKCC  #3511T;  CTC  #2120;  WCC #24;  EUCWA;  RCC



Chip wishes to publicly express his heartfelt appreciation to me, world renowned radio guru, author, and biographer Will "I-let-my-Amateur-Radio-license-expire-and-returned-to-CB-when-I-could-no-longer-tell-the-difference-between-it-and-75-meters" Bindle (KBX-8659 Unit 3), for my never-ending support and encouragement as he diligently sought and was finally granted membership in the prestigious SOC on October 19, 2013. Congratulations, Chip!

W9EBE now proudly holds SOC #1053.


Chip is also Chief Operator of REGISTERED  MONITOR STATION KIL9NX.



The 1970 Novice Class WN9EBE station, located in Geneva, IL, included a Knight-Kit T-60 transmitter, a Knight-Kit R-55A receiver, a Navy surplus RBC receiver, an "el-cheapo goldtone deluxe" straight key (remember those?) and, eventually, a Vibroplex Champion bug. Antennas were a 40 meter dipole and a 15 meter dipole.

Rockbound until he was granted the General Class license in 1971, WN9EBE operated on 7.161 MHz. The (rarely used) 15 meter Novice fundamental crystal's frequency was 7.065 MHz, and, upon license upgrade, and until the acquisition of a Knight-Kit VFO, 7.065 MHz also became a 40 meter frequency in use as a General Class amateur radio operator. A Galaxy V tranceiver soon found a place on the operating desk, opening the door to the novelty of SSB operation, often on MidCars (7.258 MHz).

Over the years, fixed stations were on the air from various northern Illinois locations including Geneva, Batavia, Big Rock, Aurora, Dismal Seepage, and Hinckley. Mobile stations were operated throughout the USA during vacations, camping trips, jailbreaks, etc. In 2005, W9EBE began operation from southern Illinois, y'all.


The ALL-AMERICAN equipment in the main shack is pictured above. The Ten-Tec Jupiter transceiver with an outboard Ameco PT-3 preamplifier is a CW operator's dream, while the highly regarded Drake R8B communications receiver is used for general SWL'ing or for diversity reception in conjunction with the transceiver. Above the R8B receiver sits an Ameritron QSK-5 T/R switch that allows full QSK operation with the Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier. Atop the amplifier is a Ten-Tec 238 B antenna tuner. And yes, that is a paper log that's kept for laid-back ragchewing.

Antennas: Alpha Delta DX-OCF (high power version) off-center-fed inverted-V for 80, 40, 20, 15, 17, 12, and 10 meters, with its feedpoint at 45 feet, and a 30 meter inverted-V with its feedpoint also at 45 feet. The R8B's antenna is a low random wire.

Keys: Vibroplex Blue Racer 2000 Standard bug, and a Vibroplex Deluxe Double Key with iambic paddles/straight key. All keys are used regularly. Morse speeds vary from <10 WPM to 30 WPM. Chip says, "It's all good!" He will gladly QRS.


The W9EBE Casual Contest Corner


Because his desktop computer is located approximately four feet away from his operating position (pictured above) and cannot be easily moved closer to the Jupiter, Chip decided to take the Jupiter to the computer, as it were.  Hence, the Casual Contest Corner or "CCC," as Chip calls it, was built.

CCC Station Control and Contest Logging is accomplished by:

Dell StudioXPS w/Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS; AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor @ 3.2 GHz; 12 GB RAM; 26" Dell LCD Monitor; APC Back-UPS CS350 w/PowerChute PE; N4PY Pegasus Plus rig control software; N1MM Logger; SKCCLogger; Hamcrafters/K1EL WinKeyer USB SMT; Vibroplex Vibrokeyer Deluxe converted to a Sideswiper/Cootie Key; Brown Brothers CTL-B Iambic Paddles/Straight Key

For SKCC contesting/events, Chip uses either the Vibroplex Sideswiper/Cootie key or the Brown Brothers CTL-B's Straight Key.

Below is a view of the CCC in action.  Windows L to R are: SKCCLogger's QSO entry window; N4PY Pegasus Plus; SKCCLogger's log; Firefox browser displaying both the SKCC's "Member Info" page and QRZ.com

Below is a photo of the Ten-Tec Model 302 Remote Encoder/Keypad for QSY and other Jupiter control functions via N4PY Pegasus Plus; Hamcrafters/K1EL WinKeyer USB; Vibroplex Vibrokeyer Deluxe Sideswiper/Cootie Key; Brown Brothers CTL-B Double Key.

2014 W9EBE contest participation as of September 14:

Ohio QSO Party


Colorado QSO Party

Tennessee QSO Party

SKCC September WES

More to come!



Chip thanks Carl Moreschi/N4PY for his fabulous Pegasus Plus software and for his outstanding customer service.  Chip also thanks Tom Wagner/N1MM and the development team for the amazing N1MM Logger.  Thanks to Steve Elliott/K1EL and Art Hambleton/K1BX for the highly versatile WinKeyer.  And a special thank-you goes to Ron Bower/AC2C for his superb SKCCLogger software and for all he does to make SKCC such a truly enjoyable club.

And last but certainly not least, Chip gives a special THANK YOU to Fred Lloyd/AA7BQ and the QRZ.com team for this invaluable resource we have come to know and love over these many years.  WHAT DID WE EVER DO BEFORE THE ZED!???


Good luck in the contest!





In the Official Registered Monitoring Station KIL9NX located seperately from his main shack, Chip uses an ICOM IC-706 MKII, a Ten-Tec Argonaut V, and a Uniden Bearcat 9000XLT scanner. The main shack's antennas can be switched to this setup. Other dedicated antennas are also utilized.



Presently, W9EBE/m is VHF/UHF FM only. The rig is a Kenwood TM-V7A dual band transceiver. The antenna is either a Comet SBB7 or a Comet B-10 mounted on the luggage rack of a full-size van. Mobile operation averages 2 or 3 times/year. Maybe. (Probably not.)


Please note that all CW signal strength reports given by W9EBE in RST format follow
traditional standards, and do not reflect actual S-meter readings:


1 - Faint signals, barely perceptible

2 - Very weak signals

3 - Weak signals

4 - Fair signals

5 - Fairly good signals

6 - Good signals

7 - Moderately strong signals

8 - Strong signals

9 - Extremely strong signals (typically metered signal strength levels > +10db/S9)




Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus.
-- Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)


W 9 E B E


Chip and his XYL, Stephanie, are partners in their family oriented Christian ministry.

Stephanie is the author of the groundbreaking book about biblical parenting, Gentle Firmness.




*Will E. Bindle, (ex) WA9YDR, is best known as the author of Naked Field Day; Let’s Make Contact!  His most recent book is titled A Shortwave Listener’s Guide to Nauseating Broadcasts.  Internationally recognized for his numerous biographies of notable amateur radio operators of yesteryear, Bindle continues to put his unique biographical writing style to work on a select few modern-day hams listed on the website QRZ.com.  In 2004 at age 49, he graduated with his Associate of Science degree in automotive repair from Pudding Community College.  He presently resides in the core of apple country in southwest Wisconsin with his estranged wife, Naomi, in a fairly large house.

For inquiries regarding the creation of a one-of-a-kind custom biography for placement on QRZ.com, Bindle can be contacted via CB radio channel 14 (amplitude modulation).  Holler for "Typewriter."




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