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After years and years of "thinking about" trying to get a ham radio ticket (dating back to the mid 1970's), I finally made the commitment in the summer of 2004, after an amateur friend of mine (John Royer, N9WQT - SK) got my then 12 year old son, Kyle (now KC9GLR), interested in pursuing a license. I thought it would be neat if we worked on our licenses together. Sure enough, we both tested for and got our Technician licenses in August of 2004.

I upgraded to General in March of 2005, and then to Extra in April of 2006. In September of 2008, I changed my call from my sequentially issued KC9GLQ to KJ9B, representing my initials.

I am a member of the Indianapolis Radio Club, Hoosier DX and Contest Club, Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security Ham Team (Indiana State RACES), Feld Hell Club (no. 427), Midwest Country Cousins (no. 1280), and The European Phase Shift Keying Club (EPC, no. 19742).

I still enjoy collecting QSL cards, and participate in Logbook Of The World (LoTW), as well as bureau and of course direct QSLs, with SASE appreciated. OQRS is also available via the ClubLog widget below.

My station consists of an Elecraft K3S for HF and 6 meters, Elecraft KPA500 amplifier, Kenwood TM-V7 2 meter/70 cm FM dual band transceiver, Alinco DR-235 1.25 meter FM transceiver. Antennas consist of SteppIR 3 element beam, 80 meter OCF dipole inverted "V", 15 element 1.25 meter (220 MHz) beam, 12 element 2 meter beam, and tri-band vertical (70 cm, 1.25 meter, 2 meter). I currently have both the 1.25 and 2 meter beams configured in vertical polarization, at approximately 50' for FM "DXing".

Having gotten bitten by the digital voice bug, I have radios capable of operating in D-Star, DMR, and System Fusion modes, and enjoy experimenting with those.

My primary interest in the hobby is "chasing DX". I also like to play around with digital HF modes. I have a Packet station on the air consisting of a Kantronics KPC9612 on 145.05 MHz and 223.6 MHz. If you would like to drop me a note via packet, send it to KJ9B @ W9SEM.#CIN.IN.USA.NOAM

On APRS, follow KJ9B-9.

Operated as KJ9B/9 portable JT65 and PSK31 from EN53, Sauk County, Wisconsin, from 4 June through 9 June, 2017.  

The picture above is of my wife, Carol, and me taken prior to the 2016 DX Dinner at the Dayton Hamvention.


Below is my current station as of 2017.  The Elecraft "K-Line" (K3S Transceiver, P3 Panadapter, KPA500 Amplifier) is in use here.  This operating position allows complete access to the back of all gear.


I was fortunate to be one of the stations selected to operate as W1AW/9 from Indiana in 2014.


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