SKCC #11766S **** NAQCC #7610 **** 10-10 #39847 **** DXCC #47944
I was licensed in 1976 as Novice WN9VLS and upgraded within a few months to WB9VLS. My early days in Ham Radio centered on VHF, mostly six meter SSB and local 2 meter repeaters. As the HF bug bit me, I spent more time on HF, learning the code and theory. In 1982 I upgraded to Advanced and received the randomly assigned call of KC9IL. During the 80's I explored Packet on both HF and 2 meters. In 1987 I upgraded to Extra and started spending more time on CW. In the 90's I dabbled in Satellite and the new WARC bands. My favorite of the three is 17 meters, where a ragchew is pretty easy to find. In the new century I began to explore 60 meters, QRP, PSK-31 and most recently JT-65, JT-9, FSQ and FreeDV (HF digital voice). I really enjoyed my return to keyboard-to-keyboard QSO's. Most recently, I got bitten by the CW bug again. I joined the Straight Key Century Club, and am currently an SKCC Senator. Look for me around 7.055 MHz or so.
I have been an avid foxhunter on 2 meters for over 35 years and still enjoy the thrill of the hunt. While I enjoy contests, I'm not a diehard, but do try to make Field Day, Sweeps, selected DX contests and QSO parties and the VHF/UHF events each year. I've been an active member of at least one local radio club in the Chicago suburbs since 1976. In 2008 I joined the D-Star revolution and signed up with another local club with a D-Star machine, the North Shore Radio Club. I currently serve as the Treasurer of the NSRC, which fits with my professional background (see below). In 2011 I joined another digital voice revolution and got on MotoTrbo, which is the ham variant of the worldwide Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) standard. In 2016 I've added Yaesu System Fusion to the digital voice collection. I operate a WIRES-X node locally on the 2 meter band.
My station consists of an Icom 756 Pro III running 700 watts from a Heath SB200 amplifier to a Cushcraft AP8A ground-mounted vertical. In 2009 I put up a G5RV at 45 feet (now a ZS6BKW version), which serves as an alternate for the lower frequencies, but works great on 6 meters as well. I recently added an Icom IC-7000 to serve as an HF backup rig and for use on VHF/UHF. I use a PAR horizontal omni antenna on 2 meter SSB and a Comet dual band (VHF/UHF) vertical on 2 meters and 440 MHz. The computer in the shack runs my logging program (Ham Radio Deluxe), operates the digital modes on the Icom and controls the DV Dongle. In 2013, I added a Raspberry Pi microcomputer to run the 70cm DVAP (D-Star). A Motorola XPR-4550 UHF mobile for DMR rounds out the home station. In the mobile, I run an Icom ID-800 for VHF/UHF analog and D-Star and a Yeasu FTM-400 for System Fusion.
Recently, I have rediscovered CW and you may find me working the SKCC members on various bands with my new Elecraft KX-3.
Professionally I am a former Chief Financial Officer, but now I do Financial consulting for a variety of clients in the Midwest. For other fun I play Senior traveling softball (Chicago Prime), enjoy biking, boating, photography, astronomy, cross-country skiing and golf.
As a volunteer, I am an ARRL accredited Volunteer Examiner (VE), and work various public service events locally, including the American Diabetes Association's Tour du Cure as a bicycle mobile and the Evanston Bicycle Club's North Shore Century ride.
I'm pleased to work you on one of the bands, and will always answer your QSL card. I am also good on eQSL and LoTW.
All the best,
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