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The picture above is me in my current basement shack. Yes, it is a bit messy, but the choice was clean the shack up or play on the radio.  Radio won, easily. My XYL (my 10 to give me the king high straight) since 1969 would like me to clean up a bit but has never had any interest in the radio world.

I upload all my log contacts from March 1965 to date to LOTW, eQSL, Clublog and QRZ. All new contacts are uploaded daily and sometimes several times a day.  I like LOTW or QSL Cards for the ARRL awards I collect. I also get QRZ.com awards when they happen but not as enthusiastically. I answer all the cards I receive, direct or by the bureau.  Being at the bottom of the most wanted list makes me DX for no one, but I am in a semi-rare county(Marshall, IL). If you need a card or other upload please e-mail me at the above address and I will send or upload them. I live on 2 acres a mile and a half from Varna in the middle of corn/bean fields. My nearest  neighbor is ½ mile away and rarely home.

Currently I have an ICOM IC-7610, ICOM IC-7600, ICOM IC-9100, Yeasu FT8800, ICOM IC-T81A, Kenwood TH-D74A and a couple of SB-220 Amps.  I am still using a KLM KT-34XA Tri-band beam @ 75ft that I bought in 1981 for $389 from one of the local ham stores. The beam is still here but not the local ham stores or those prices. I am using dipoles and Carolina Windom on 30, 40, 80 and 160 meters. 

I was first licensed as WN9OHJ in March of 1965 which I did not upgrade before it expired, the University of Illinois got in the way. In January of 1978 I became WD9HZK with a 5wpm Novice License. To avoid another expired novice license, I quickly upgraded to Technician in May of 1978 at FCC Chicago and then in July of 1978 I went to Chicago again and I passed the 13wpm code, General and Advanced written exams. I passed the Extra written exam in April 2000 and became a 13wpm Extra. Early August 2016 I was issued the K9QJ vanity call and WD9HZK was retired. I chase DX and "sorta participate" in contests. I do mostly SSB, RTTY, JT65, FT8 and dabble with PK31, packet, CW, satellites and VHF/UHF. I am an ARRL VE and instructor.

I am a life member of ARRL, Diamond Club and 10-10 International (#24225). I belong to the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club, the Starved Rock Radio Club, The Society of Midwest Contesters, AMSAT and QCWA. I also provide support to eQSL.com, QRZ.com, INDEXA, NCDXF, ClubLog.org, many DXpeditions and others as my petty cash allows.

I retired from Caterpillar after 42 years, where I started in gas turbine research, moved to facility support and then to component development and engineering. I spent most of my work life in control design and developing programmable controller programs to control transmission and driveline tests. I also was admin of the division's computers and servers.

As a novice I started with a barrowed 20w homebrew CW transmitter and a used HQ-110C receiver I bought. I finally bought and built a Heathkit DX-60 transmitter.  When I got the WD9HZK call I bought a brand new Kenwood TS-820S transceiver which was a great radio.  I also had a Kenwood TS-700SP 10w all-mode 2m transceiver.

Currently I have an ICOM IC-7600, ICOM IC-9100, Yeasu FT8800, ICOM IC-T81A, and a couple of SB-220 Amps.  I am still using a KLM KT-34XA Triband beam I bought in 1981 for $389 from one of the local ham stores. The beam is still here but not the local ham stores or the prices. I am using dipoles on 30, 40, 80 and 160 meters. I use Ham Radio Deluxe and WSJT-X Software.
I am hoping to get an Yeasu FT991A soon for my car.
Dwight, K9QJ

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K9QJ
Latest Contacts for K9QJ at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
W4LDP 2018-02-20 30m FT8 EL89xc United States KEITH J MACKEY
KB5AAM 2018-02-20 30m FT8 EM00sv United States RONALD J BREWER
VK2GD 2018-02-20 30m FT8 QF67af Australia SERGIO SANCHEZ
WS9V 2018-02-20 30m FT8 EM59dl United States SKIP
W5RDL 2018-02-20 30m FT8 DM72tp United States Rix D Lewis
N3GTY 2018-02-18 30m FT8 FM05mf United States WILLIAM L WAGAMAN, JR
KF1SH 2018-02-18 30m FT8 EM85lk United States RICHARD A MCCRORY
KA9OMY 2018-02-18 30m FT8 EN44gu United States Stephen J Bluem
KE5IRK 2018-02-18 30m FT8 EM04so United States GEARY L MCDOWELL
K4GPC 2018-02-18 30m FT8 EM84ot United States WILLIAM C BRACKETT
KL4DD 2018-02-18 30m FT8 EM94nd United States Michael K Beck
VE3IBW 2018-02-18 30m FT8 FN04ga Canada Brian Robert Waterworth
KF4RWA 2018-02-18 30m FT8 EM63ge United States EDWARD P BISHOP, SR
WD4ELG 2018-02-18 30m FT8 FM06be United States MARK T LUNDAY
N5LYJ 2018-02-18 40m FT8 EM05tl United States Kenneth B Hucksoll

Book Totals: 3970 qso's   1556 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#4189
Granted: 2018-02-13 17:42:27   (K9QJ)

  • 40M Digital
  • 40M Mixed
World Continents Award#18138
Granted: 2017-08-29 17:36:31   (K9QJ)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 10M Phone
  • 15M Phone
  • 20M Phone
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
DX World Award#5708
Granted: 2017-07-26 00:27:39   (K9QJ)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#5804
Granted: 2017-01-20 00:06:00   (K9QJ)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#14659
Granted: 2016-12-12 17:36:12   (K9QJ)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 30 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20M Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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