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Hello There OM / XYL / YL!

I'm Brian, WD9HSY. Thanks for taking a peek!  This is my original and only call sign since being licensed back in the late 70's while I was at the University of Illinois. My Home QTH is in Mokena, IL which is about 35 miles SW of Chicago, IL. (EN-61BL)

I'm an emptynester with my wife Betsy, N9FUW. My kids are Libby, KB9WOV and Daniel, KE7WQQ. Libby is a High School teacher and Daniel is in the US Air Force. Dan has been stationed in Wyoming, South Korea, Italy, Qatar, and Germany.  After years overseas, he is now stationed back in the SW USA,  Go USAF!!

Grand Daughter #1 Evelyn is ...... is a 4 year old Toddler and grabbing for the mic!
Grand Daughter #2 Ainsley is ..... is 2 year old and wonders "Who is this Big Guy that likes to play with me?"
Grand Son Bryce is the newborn as of March 31, 2017! 
 

I'm active in the Local Ham Radio Club, Tri-Town Radio Amateur Club, WWW.W9VT.ORG and I play on HF, VHF, UHF, and am the Trustee of 3 VHF/UHF Repeaters (All Motorola Repeaters) and help out with 3-4 other systems here in the Chicago Area. I'm a trained weather spotter and have done my fair share of chasing severe weather.

I play and sell on Ebay, where you can see what I'm peddling at my ebay account of ... WD9HSY

Hope to meet you on the air, whether its Field Day, a Special Event station, a QSO Party, or chasing a little DX!

Lets see (brag tape) DXCC, 75DXCC, WAS, WAS200, WAC, WAC Satellite, W1AW/9, Top 100 NPOTA Chaser, and NPOTA Honor Roll plus a bunch more initials that I cant remember right now!

Equipment as of 2017: FlexRadio 6300 SDR Radio, Kenwood TS-570SG, Ameritron AL-80A 1KW Amp, 72'  Rohn 25 Fold over tower, Mosley TA-33 (circa-1963!! & Still works Great!!)  Double G5RV 260' (160-thru-10) and a Huslter 5BTV (circa-mid 70's!)

73, Brian WD9HSY

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While I was on my 1st pretend DX expedition, (while on my small yacht behind me!!)
OK, I was on a cruise, the ship is the Disney Cruise ship, Magic ..... A what a Great Time!!
BTW, 440 HT's work great on cruise ships!
 
Thanks to the cruise ship industry I have been:
 
WD9HSY/PJ7, WD9HSY/FS, WD9HSY/KP2, WD9HSY/C6,
WD9HSY/6Y, WD9HSY/ZF, WD9HSY/XF3, WD9HSY/VP9,
WD9HSY/KP4, WD9HSY/V2, WD9HSY/FM, WD9HSY/J6, 
WD9HSY/HH, WD9HSY/HR, WD9HSY/V3, WD9HSY/VE7
& WD9HSY/KL7 and soon WD9HSY/VE1, WD9HSY/VE9 
 
Thanks to Disney Cruise Lines, Royal Caribean, Princess & Carnival
 
Pls QSL via my Home Adress in Illinois!

OK, I admit it, its Patriotic, but I made it back in the early 1980's during the Reagan Years!

Here is the current layout --

Here is the bulk of the equipment. A FlexRadio 6300 SDR Radio, Ameritron AL80A Kilowatt Amp, Kenwood and Bird Watt Meters, B&W Antenna Switch, LDG AT1000-PROII Auto antenna tuner, and the Ham IV rotor.  Antennas include Mosley TA33 SR, Double G5RV, Hustler 5BTV, and a NVIS 80/40 dipole.

I have switched over to Flexradio SDR (Software Defined Radio) I have rediscovered HF Radio again! OMG!! Can't beat the performance, ease to operate Digital modes.  Brick Wall Filtering (I use a 25 hz filter on CW), and being able to Hear and SEE HF on the computer makes one heck of a difference in Operating, Contesting, and DX'ing!

With the Addition of the FlexRadio 6300, I upgraded to Quad 24" monitors.  Here pictured is N3FJP's ACLog and the Flex Display of SmartSDR, FLDigi and DX Cluster stuff.  There is a FlexControl wheel for some "Buttons and Knobs" to the FlexRadio 6300.  Behind the monitor is a HP Elite 8300 I7 computer running the whole shack.

​Here is My 1963 Mosley TA-33 SR Tri-Bander .... Still works Great!

He is a picture of the "old old setup" (2014) a TS940SAT, Icom 745, Ameritron 811, and a manual MFJ tuner.

Had lots of Fun as W1AW/9 --- 1400+ QSO's on PSK31, PSK63, PSK125, PSK250!   And RTTY, SSB too! 

Of the 1475 QSO’s about 780 (53%) were USA hams and 695 (47%) were DX stations.  The top DX countries I worked  were Italy, Germany, Japan, and Canada in that order. Those 4 countries made up just under half of the DX stations. 67% of my contacts with Japan came during a 15 mtr opening in mid afternoon.  I had a run of around 60-65 Japanese contacts in a 45-60 minute period.  WOW!  I thought it was also interesting that the Japanese hams kept asking me go up in speed to PSK-63, 125 and 250. I made around 95-100 contacts with Japan.  The Data was flying, but you had to be there, JA’s didn’t show up the rest of the week due to conditions. 

I expected to spend most of my time on PSK-31, but I was being asked or called at the higher speeds.  About 67% (1066) of the contacts were on PSK-31, 330 on PSK-63, 90 on PSK-125, and 6 on PSK-250. After the Logs were put together I made all but 13 of the higher speed PSK-63, 125, and 250 contacts (413 of 426) FUN!!

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