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This picture was taken in the early 1990's back when I was a lot younger and had a lot more hair!  I think it was taken by Bruce Boston, KD9UL when we were working with the Red Cross during the flooding along the Illinois River.  We were providing communications for the Red Cross to location they were feeding sandbaggers along with interop communications for the Scott County Sheriff and the Illinois National Gaurd.

My current station includes several different rigs.  My main rig lately has been a Anan 200D. I also have and run a Ten Tec Orion II with a Heil Pro 7, SignaLink USB, a Ten Tec Omni VII, Yaesu FT-991 or an Icom IC-765 from time to time. I have a home brew solid state amp that a good friend Mike, W1FO built from the W6PQL boards.  It runs a BLF188XR device. I might also be on a Ten Tec Centurion or a AL-1200.  I run a Yaesu FT-891 mobile with a Yaesu ATAS-120 antenna.  I am active on most HF bands and have operated quite a few of the digital modes including PSK-31, Hell, RTTY and others.


Here is a picture of my station with the Omni VII on the desk with the FT-991.


Here is a picture of the latest addition, the Apache Labs Anan 200D.  The SDR rigs have an amazing recivers and will sure change the way you operate. The 200D has 2 ADC's and will do deversity reception.

I added a LP-100A meter a while back.  It's hard to catch the call sign with a camera when it scrolls across the screen.

Past this I get a little wordy! :) If you want to know my lifes history in radio please read on! The last paragraph is what I am doing now.

I had a keen interest in electronics from a very young age. In 1974 I made my first contacts on the radio when CB was the craze and had the license KWW8241. When I was in high school in the 1970s I took every electronics class there was to offer. The electronics teacher was a local ham named Ed Ahlquist, WD9EYU. He was my first real Elmer. One of the classes was electronics communications. He taught everything you needed to get your amateur radio license, even the dreaded code. At the time though, I didn’t make the trip to St Louis to take the test with the FCC. Along about this same time cars were getting more of my attention and that started a long career in the auto body business. I was still interested in the radio though and a friend of mine Ron Ward, KB9EYB wanted me to study with him. Its amazing after about twelve years of not using CW after you learn it, how easy it seemed to come back. This was in the winter of 1989-90.

At the same time we were studying we heard a local club was giving a class too. We went to some classes on Monday nights and the first hamfest of the year was fast approaching in Sullivan IL. They offered testing now that the FCC had set up a system of VEC’s. We went and took our Novice test on 4/22/1990. I passed elements 1A and 2 to earn my Novice license! Yeah! The three hams that signed my CSCE were James Riddle, KD9ACAlan Dickens, KA9Z – and Ralph Zancha WC9V. They probably don’t remember that day or me but I will never forget it. I probably couldn’t pick them out of a crowd now either. Sullivan is on the East side of the state and I never have come across them since. Now we wait for the license to come in the mail………

It was issued on 5/29/1990 with the call KB9FBI! I didn’t get to find out till a little while later though because back then we didn’t have the speed in processing or the ability to check and even see if it has been issued like we do now. It finally arrived in the mail on 6/6/1990. I already had my HF rig (TS-520) set up and ready to get on 10 meters so when I found the license in the mailbox on my lunch break, I fired up the rig and tuned down the band. One of the stronger signals and my once in a chance in a lifetime to work as my first contact was none other than that of W1AW! They were calling CQ! I gave my call and that was my first contact in the logbook! WOW! Ryan Bassette, KA1URP was there visiting and working the controls. I have not spoken to him since and didn’t even know it was him operating until I received the QSL back in the mail. I hope all is well with him now. In just a little over a year from when I first passed the Novice test I had upgraded four times, going through every class of license to Amateur Extra Class. 

After 26 years with the same call I changed to K9CQ on April fools day.  The former holder of that call was Jim Puglise. He was one of the founders of AMSAT in 1969 and passed away in 2013.  I have done some research back through old call books from before they even issued prefixes and found that Jim was the first holder of the call. It was issued in 1977 when they had a short Vanity type program that Amateur Extra Class OP's could request whatever calls they wanted.  Many requested the initial calls at that time.  Jim went for a unique one.  I am proud to be the second holder of K9CQ. 

If your interested in researching your callsign, the place to look is the internet archive.  https://archive.org/details/callbook

The first place I found my own call listed was in the Winter 1978 callbook.  https://archive.org/stream/Winter_1978_Radio_Amateur_Callbook/Winter_1978_Radio_Amateur_Callbook_District_9#page/n11/mode/2up


My first amateur radio Elmer is gone now. By the time I got my license, his had lapsed. I would have loved to made him my first contact but I have met many more Elmer’s along the way. Some of them are gone now also but many are still around. Some of the ones I miss are Francis Walton, W9ACU, OOTC #905 licensed in 1925 and a great CW op. Others from up his way were Norm Hume, K9EZL – Jim Dunham, KA9UFX – Guy Trone, KB9FAY. There have been a few locally that are gone now but not forgotten. Vince, W9OES - Jay, W9UFL - Gordy, W9AVC - Sully, WD9DSU – Charlie, W9HUX (His call was adoped by his grandson Chuck) - Don, WA9GMM and his wife Helen, WA9GUJ – Steve, W9QLF – Kenny, K9AHY – John, WD9FYZ - George, K9LUO - Russ, N9QJM - Rod, WA9NZF and Doc, W9ZIT. I am sure there were many more before my time also.  A great friend and DX mentor passed away a few years ago also, Steve, W9HA (Ex K9AGB) who sat on top of the DXCC Honor Roll with 379 countries worked.  Steve had worked all US counties and tracked IOTA and prefixes.   Another good friend and DXer to pass a few years ago, Ron, WA9YTQ was very successful even though he lived on what I would call a postage stamp size lot.  I still use the TT Omni VII and Centurian that I bought from his wife after his passing.  Just recently (Nov 2017) we lost one of my best friends in amateur radio and a High School classmate, Rich, K9IXO.  Eaach one of these OP's touched my life in the hobby in one way or another.

I own my own paintless dent removal company now as far as work goes. I am currently the President of the local club, Jacksonville Amateur Radio Society. I am the Vice President of the Illinois Repeater Association, the ARRL Illinois Section Official Observer Coordinator and an ARRL VE that has been admistering testing in the area since about 1992. I have a son that I am very proud of with a grandaughter. I am married to a wonderful woman, Betty and we have seven grandchildren. If you hear me on the air, give me a call. I am active on HF, VHF, UHF, both phone and some CW.  My amateur radio page is www.k9cq.com
Until then 73
Tim, K9CQ



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DX World Award#5019
Granted: 2017-01-27 11:53:13   (K9CQ)

United States Award#2821
Granted: 2017-01-27 11:53:10   (K9CQ)

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United States Counties Award#5589
Granted: 2016-12-27 15:43:19   (K9CQ)

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Grid Squared Award#14775
Granted: 2016-12-27 15:43:16   (K9CQ)

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World Continents Award#16192
Granted: 2016-12-27 15:43:15   (K9CQ)

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