QSL VIA WD9DZV for all calls, INCLUDING my homecall, WE9V:
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I became interested in ham radio while wandering the halls of Marquette University back in 1987 during my freshman year of Engineering School. As I was walking down the hall, I heard funny voices eminating from a small room. It was NQ9N tuning the bands. He spun the dial, said, "This guy's in Germany." Spun the dial again and said, "This guy is in Yugoslavia." And again, "This guy is in England." I was hooked. I began learning the code. The theory was easy for me. I passed my Novice and Technician license in one sitting (N9GVT), and one month later passed my General and Advanced (KE9HJ). It took 11 more months to pass my extra and that's the call I kept. No vanity call for me, thanks.
Since then, I've done a little DXing, but most of my operating is Contesting. I like both Domestic and DX contests. You can see my contesting efforts at http://www.we9v.com/scores.htm or at 3830Scores.com.
And I've definitely have been a little on the active side. Since 1994, I've made over 200,000 QSOs!!! That's averaging about 10,000 QSOs per year! If you include my guest op'ing and multi-ops at K4JA, KS9K, FS5PL, KH7R, 6D2X, PJ2T and 6Y1V, that number jumps to over a half million QSOs that I've been a part of!!!! You can see my DXCC totals, and my annual QSO rates at http://www.we9v.com/dx.htm.
I belong to the "Black Hole" group of contesters, the Society of Midwest Contesters. I've done a lot of my previous contesting as a guest op, mainly at the ex-KS9K (ex-W9JA)(now K4JA). I've done a ton of station design, including designing KS9K's amplifiers, antennas, antenna switch controllers, phasing networks, rotator controllers, and other gadgets. I worked at Motorola for over 17 years, where I designed small transmitters for cellular telephones. I am now an Engineering Manager for a company in downtown Milwaukee, WI.
My station consists of two towers, 100' and 56'. The tall tower supports a Cushcraft XM-240 40M yagi and a stacked/phased pair of KLM KT-34XAs at 50'/100'. There is a wire vertical array for 80M and the tower is shunt fed for 160M. The 56' tower supports another tribander at 56', a WARC 12/17M beam at 61', and low dipoles for 40/80M. Inside is two Elecraft K3's and two Ameritron AL-1500 amplifiers for contesting, and for day-to-day DXing, I use an Elecraft KPA-500, 500w solid-state instant-tune amplifier. For 6M, I have a M^2 6M5X at 105', and the KPA-500 does 500W on 6M too.
I'm active mostly on HF CW/SSB/RTTY, 10M-160M, all bands other than 60M. I make just as many contacts on CW as I do SSB. I've made 45.7% of my QSOs on CW, but SSB is essentially tie with 45.2%. I am active on RTTY, but not nearly as much, with 9% (15,000+) QSOs on that mode. That's still a lot of Qs! So, if you need Wisconsin confirmed on any band/mode, I'd be happy to help you out. Either look for me in a contest, or send me an email asking for a sked.
73 and I look forward to working you in the next contest!!
Station from 2006-2013, before second Elecraft K3 added:
Mikey K9NW, Chad WE9V, Paul K9PG
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