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In the summer of 1965 in Ottawa, Illinois I passed my novice exam and became WN9PCF.  I had a couple of ELMERS, but my boyhood friend Jim WA9LAQ (now W7BX) was the one who got me started. Within 6 months I got my General WA9PCF. Ten years later I moved to Iowa. At that time you could not take your 9 call to 0 land so I became WB0KIU, which I have held for 42 years and upgrading to Extra Class.  First rig was a Heathkit DX100 and Hallicrafter SX99 and dipole antenna. Purchased a Hallicrafter SR150 transciever in 1972.  Present rig is a Kenwood TS570D as my digital and backup SSB rig. Main SSB rig is a Kenwood TS590SG. Also use a UV82L for VHF/UHF  HT rig.  I retired April 1st, 2014 after 42 years as a large and small animal veterinarian.  I have enjoyed the extra time to get on the air more.  Above is our cat Freddie, He likes DX.   Antennas are a ground mounted R7000 vertical and a 3 element 10 meter yagi.

After 50 plus years in amatuer radio, I decided to try something new so went digital.  I am happy to report that I am enjoying the new modes (psk31,jt65, and jt9). So hope to see all of you on the waterfall. Who knows I might even take my novice key out of the desk and try CW.  Also been doing satellite with Arrow beam and some SOTA chasing and lastly trying Dstar and Echolink.

Thanks for visiting my QRZ page.  Bill

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