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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.  

I traded the 6500 in on a new 6600 from Flex. I hope it comes in early 2018. For now I'm using an Icom 7600 that a REAL GOOD FRIEND is letting me borrow!

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 and a DMR repeater, both 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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NAQCC #7510

SKCC #16244

naqcc member kg9dw


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KG9DW
Latest Contacts for KG9DW at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
AK4BB 2014-01-06 20m JT9 EM83cl United States GEORGE D WALDROP
AC7AV 2013-11-15 10m SSB CN88pf United States ERIK D MONTGOMERY
K4MWE 2013-11-15 40m PSK31 FM05pu United States Larry H Royster
K6RWM 2013-11-13 40m JT9 DM14ed United States ROBERT W MUELLER
N7ETI 2013-10-26 20m JT9 CN85qj United States Mark W Aughenbaugh
F4GWY 2013-10-13 10m PSK31 JN25nh France St�phane COIGN�
N2DP 2013-10-10 40M PSK31 FN20ns United States GERARD P KENNEDY
W0THI 2013-08-14 80m SSB EM69hn United States KENDALL L MYERS
EA3KY 2013-07-21 15m PSK31 JN01od Spain Manuel Eloy
KK4FYV 2013-07-20 20M JT9 FM18iq United States Edward M Beaudoin, Jr
N4ABN 2013-07-20 20m JT9 EL98ca United States Eddy
N7NEV 2013-07-08 20m DATA DM43 United States James P Vasfaret
AG1T 2013-06-16 15M JT65 DN41bq United States GARY T ROBERTS
VA2DXZ 2013-06-05 20m PSK31 FN48lk Canada Pascal Tremblay
WP4JT 2013-05-29 20m JT9 FK68mi Puerto Rico JOAQUIN TORRES

Book Totals: 58 qso's   47 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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