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I was licensed as a tech in 1991 and due to a series of life changing events remained one until Jan. 2017. Then I finally upgraded to General and am working on upgrading to Extra. The Extra upgrade happened this weekend 4/9/17, no more testing.  During that time as a tech being limited to 50mhz and above I have owned a six meter repeater and built or helped build many other systems. I was a net manager for a high profile radio club in St. Louis, Mo. and have been very active.

I am a retired electronics tech working full time since 1972 in home entertainment electronics service, everything from tube type black & white tv's up through plasma & lcd/led's. I was self employed for 18 years & spent my last 18 working for Best Buy Service as a tech, a regional tech trainer, a "DRAGON SLAYER" which was an exchange reduction program and finally as a Recon Engineer. I still have a part time job at a local hospital doing distribution system and tv service.

There have been many questions about my vanity call sign, why would I request a call with the suffix KIA. The call was the call of my high school electronics club at Glenwood HS, Chatham, IL. The club was founded my freshman year 1963 and upon graduation in 1967 I was the last member left standing, We had lost our sponsor and the school board wanted the antennas gone. So the call was unused for 39 years until I requested it. I had debated long and hard about taking the call due to what would be the common phoenitics of the suffix "Killed in Action" having lost a few of my high school classmates in Vietnam I was not about to use those phonetics. One day "Keep It Alive" came to mind, then there was no hesitation about getting the call. Below is a scan of the clubs QSL card from 1963.

I am now making up for lost time, working on WAS on 80 & 160. I use a IC-746Pro with an Ameritron ALS-1306 that I was fortunate enough to pick up at a local auction, with a MFJ-989C tuner into a OCF Diople 246' long and a Gap Challenger. I use LOTW & will QSL direct. As well as QRZ log.

I try to check into the OMISS nets a few times a week, my Omiss # is 11026. Am also learning to love 17meters, work some DX and carry on some interesting QSO's. If you hear me on the air please give me a call.

The picture in the upper right corner of this page is of my brother & I's home made Road Locomotive, it is a real steam engine, built on a 1930 Chevy truck chassis in 1962, it has a new all welded boiler installed in 1995. It will run over 40 mph but is a wild ride at that speed, but is quite comfortable crusing about 25 or so. We show it a MidWest Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, Ia. every Labor Day weekend. It is quite an event, if your in the midwest you should try to see it, allow a couple of days to take it all in. The local repeater there is W0MME 147.390.

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WA9KIA
Latest Contacts for WA9KIA at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KE6JI 2018-01-16 17m FT8 DM03 United States Robert P Millard
WA9FBC 2018-01-16 17m FT8 DM04 United States DENNIS A ERICKSON
WH6S 2018-01-16 17m FT8 BL01 Hawaii RICHARD D NELSON
AA6PW 2018-01-16 17m FT8 DM03 United States BOB D HARRINGTON
KB7MM 2018-01-16 17m FT8 CN82 United States JAMES O DUKES
N7LUF 2018-01-16 17m FT8 CN87 United States LARRY G CARBAUGH
AF5CN 2018-01-16 17m FT8 CM98 United States STEPHEN R GILLENTINE
KN4IRH 2018-01-16 40m FT8 EM83 United States Jeffrey N Broder
WD4CNO 2018-01-16 40m FT8 EL87 United States CHARLES H HOFFMAN
WS4AM 2018-01-16 40m FT8 EL89 United States SAMUEL COSGROVE
WB4MNK 2018-01-16 40m FT8 EL99 United States ARTHUR E PETTEWAY
WS9V 2018-01-16 30m FT8 EM59 United States SKIP
LU8EKC 2018-01-15 30m FT8 GF05 Argentina DANIEL EDUARDO COSSO
HK6PAN 2018-01-15 30m FT8 FJ24 Colombia Pablo Andrés Naranjo Echeverry
WQ1H 2018-01-15 30m FT8 FN43 United States DAVID E SMITH

Book Totals: 1086 qso's   589 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#3945
Granted: 2018-01-03 03:42:02   (WA9KIA)

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