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          7 ft. wide basement studio window of "KZ9V"



                My Andy Griffith QSL card gets lots of comments                       


Started in 1974 -  Licensed as WN9NSI (Novice), and worked exclusively CW with the Heathkit DX-60B transmitter, and the Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver.

A year later I upgraded to General class WB9NSI and rewarded myself with a new Yaesu FT-101EE transceiver and a Kenwood MC-50 microphone, working mostly SSB on HF.  Around 1979 I got busy with other things and the amateur station went pretty much dormant.   


Fast forward 35 years later...


January 2015 - I made it a New Year's resolution to get the amateur station active again, and see if the 40 year old radios were still operational.  Surprisingly they were!  I changed the station call sign to K9KSI and went back on the air.



                                  Station Photo - KZ9V

November 2015 - I finally upgraded to an Extra Class license with the new vanity call sign KZ9V and became an accredited ARRL volunteer examiner. 


After discovering that my 40 year old Yaesu FT101EE transceiver really is capable of operating the digital modes, I found out how addicting all those modes can be.  While I used to be 100% SSB, I now operate about 75% digital modes, 15% SSB, and 10% CW. 


Latest Project - I picked up a 40 year old non-transmitting ATLAS 210X for $15.  Turns out the the obsolete PA transistors are blown.  So I've retrofitted it with a small 5 watt HF amplifier and turned this vintage solid state HF radio into a superb QRP rig.  Working digital modes with just 2 or 3 watts is a blast.  30+ RTTY contest contacts (including Austria, France, and New Zealand!!) in just a couple of hours!  FT8 mode is just amazing too!   


Modified vintage Atlas 210x transceiver with an external 5 watt amp & fan modification            


I've retired from the Television Broadcast industry where I spent 35+ years installing and maintaining commercial television broadcast facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida. 


I'm still actively refereeing high school football, basketball, and softball games, which I've enjoyed doing for over 32 years.  My wife and I are avid downhill skiers and I am the Trip Coordinator for the "Red Eye Ski & Snowboard Club", leading group travel ski trips to destination downhill resorts all over North America, with my wife Pam.


   Ski club trip to Whitefish, Montana.      Motorcycle ride while on vacation in Kauai.







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