Hey thanks for stopping by!!! I'm a part-time ham living in Central Illinois. I was licensed in the early 90's as N9OPG. A few tests later, and I stuck with the callsign KG9DW. I took a break from the hobby in 2001, and started up again in 2013. A lot changed during my 12 years away, most notably the popularity of the digital modes. As a project manager for a large insurance and financial company, I work with technology all day long. Still, it is fun to be able to use PSK31, JT65, and JT9 to make QSOs across the world with minimal power.
I live outside a small town of 2900 on a hobby farm of 9 acres. I did have a helicopter at one time, which is why my QTH shows as Brown Heliport on Google Maps. I enjoy spending time with my family at the lake, where we play with an old pontoon boat that I've rebuilt, along with a MacGregor 26S sailboat.
I had an FT-897 but I found the menus irritating when wanting to make quick changes. I then moved to a KX3 for some QRP action in the shack and in the field. I never went too many places with the KX3, and I was using the CW decoder as a crutch. I had picked up an Icom 706 from a local ham to use as an SSB rig. But the filters on the 706 didn't work when it was crowded and the DSP was pretty basic.
So in early 2017 I sold the KX3 and Icom 706 and switched to a Flex 6500. Oh my goodness...what a difference. Again as a computer guy during the day, moving to a real SDR wasn't that hard. It was delivered the day of the CQ WW WPX ssb contest...in 30 minutes I was up and running and making contacts. I wasn't on the radio much that weekend, but I easily made 40 contacts.
The main HF antenna is a Windom up 45 feet in the trees. I use a double bazooka for 160M. It's really too low, and I hope to get it raised higher sometime soon. If you caught me on CW, thank you for bearing with me as I learn!!!
I'm also active with the AREDN group using commercial off-the-shelf equipment to build a high-speed wireless data network for ham radio uses. I am the owner of two UHF repeaters in Heyworth, and I support a UHF D-STAR repeater in Bloomington, IL.
QSL to me via LoTW and eQSL. I'll also respond to any cards sent to my mailing address with a return card, free of charge.
Follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @MBHeyworth
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