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Greetings from Wisconsin!

About KD9CLH...

After retiring in January, 2014, I spent the next 9 months playing catch up on home improvement projects and other things that had been put off due to career and family.  In September, I began to wonder what to do with my spare time.  I suddenly realized that my 40 years in the process and process control design field had prepared me to accomplish what I could not as a high school junior, when I held a Novice license (WN9EZX)... pursue and pass my General license exam.

In October, 2014, I passed the Technician exam and continued to study to take the General.  In January, 2015, I successfully passed the General exam, and proceeded to procure equipment and material in hopes of being on the air by the end of March, Wisconsin weather permitting.  Fortunately, we had a mild March, and on March 28, 2015, I made my first QSO.

Over that first year as a General, I spent a lot of time honing my skills, and was successful in making quite a few DX contacts on 20, 17 and 15 meters, as my free time tends to be in the afternoons.  By March of 2016, I had logged over 110 DX entities!

On March 5, 2016, I applied for and sat for my Extra Class exam.  I was so ready!  With the upgrade, I was ready to expand my horizon with new frequency privileges.  I also began learning about and using JT65 and JT9, and had a LOT of fun with it.  Other digital modes are making the hobby even more interesting!

I've rekindled the old spark that I remember when I was a kid in my parents' basement, wringing out CW contacts on my old Heathkit DX-60B and Knight receiver!

My station...

Kenwood TS-590S, operating at 95 - 100 watts

My antenna...

OCF Dipole and 4:1 Balun with feedpoint at about 30 feet.  It hears very well, and I'm successfully tuning it up on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters.  It seems to give the Kenwood some good ears, and a pretty clear voice!

I look forward to making many QSO's and DX contacts.

Now that I'm back into the hobby, I find still really enjoy the courtesy of sending and receiving QSL cards.  I'm eager to exchange, and to add your QSL to my collection.  I'm not a Luddite, however, and also QSL by LOTW and Bureau.  I maintain a log here on QRZ as well.


Chris, KD9CLH

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Grid Squared Award#13417
Granted: 2016-08-04 13:50:02   (KD9CLH)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#14815
Granted: 2016-08-04 13:48:02   (KD9CLH)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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