My interest in radio started in the early 1960s as a shortwave
listener (SWL). Many hours were spent listening with a Hallicrafters S-120 (a
great Christmas gift), a Knight Kit R-100 (completely taken apart and
re-assembled), and a Hammarlund HQ-180C. My SWL interests continued as I
collected QSL cards from many countries. I became registered monitor WPE9FFD and
I started my RF transmission experiments as KRJ-2714 unit 1 by sharing my father's Class D call. This is also when I started fixing radios and building projects.
A long time elapsed. I
got some education and a career. I got back into the ham radio hobby as N9VSL. I
became a life member of the ARRL. After a
couple of upgrades and I became KG9DO. I got the bug for DX and old radios so I
changed my call to W9DAD.
I work for Eaton Corporationin the Power Electronics Research center in Milwaukee. I am one of the ARRL Technical Specialists for Wisconsin. For 1999, I am also the Secretary of the Racine Megacycle Club, a member of the Racine/Kenosha ARES chapter, and the Chapter Head of the Windpoint Lighthouse Chapter of 10-10.
In my spare time, I like to chase DX on 10 meters.