Donald K. 'Don' Whiteman
Northfield, IL

QCWA # 30253
KK9H - Donald K. 'Don' Whiteman

My interest in radio began at age 10 by tuning around the AM broadcast band at night and hearing stations from all over the country. Later, my father and I assembled a Knight Kit Star Roamer receiver and I immediately became fascinated with shortwave listening. Radio Moscow, Radio Peking and Radio Havana were constantly blasting out their anti-American "Yankee Imperialist" propaganda. I also enjoyed tuning in to weekly DXer's programs that many stations offered back then. Eventually I sent away for a Popular Electronics magazine "Short-wave Monitor" certificate and was issued the identifier, WPE9IGS. I still have it proudly hanging on the wall of my shack. During that time I discovered the ham radio bands which were also marked on the face of the Star Roamer. In 1964, while in 7th grade, many of my friends and I became interested in CB radios so I built a Knight Kit C-22. My father mailed in the FCC license form and received the callsign KLK-1543. My friends and I had a lot of fun by meeting on the air at night to work on our homework together. I credit shortwave listening and CB radio with sparking my interest amateur radio.

In 1967, I was 15 years old when I passed my Novice and received the call WN9WNQ. After several months of pounding away on CW with only 75 watts, I went to the Chicago FCC office to take my General exam and my call changed to WA9WNQ. Finally in 1981, I went back to the FCC office and passed the 20 WPM Extra during a lunch break from work. From the very beginning, DXing has been a favorite pursuit of mine. I am currently on the DXCC Honor Roll and I have DXCC on CW, Phone and RTTY modes as well as on each band from 80 to 10 meters. I am also 2/3 the way done on 160. In addition I have WAS, WAZ and 6M VUCC. I have been active with two great local clubs, the North Shore Radio Club and the Northern Illinois DX Association. I also occasionally participate with 10-10 International, QCWA, CWops, SKCC and GERATOL.

My station is an Icom IC-7800 and IC-PW1 connected to either a 130 ft. inverted-L or a HyGain AV-640 vertical. I also operate an Elecraft K3 when on vacation and as a portable rig. For local contacts I have an Icom ID-880H and a Yaesu FTM-3200DR connected to a Diamond X-50. On 220 MHz I have an Icom IC-38A connected to a 1/4 wave ground plane and I am still active on packet radio with a Kantronics KPC-3+ and a Kenwood TM-281A which are used to reach a local Winlink RMS node.

I am married and we have two adult children. I graduated from the University of the South (Sewanee) with a BA degree in Economics and from Vanderbilt University's Owen School with an MBA degree. Professionally, I am a financial advisor with the wealth management division of a North American bank and I also volunteer my time with FINRA as a securities industry dispute arbitrator. In 1997 I was elected to village president (mayor) of Northfield, IL and I served in that role for two terms equalling eight years. Having grown up and lived there for most of my life made that experience both rewarding and fun. Northfield is a small Chicago suburb with a population of just over 5400 located 17 miles north of downtown. Currently, I am a trustee of the Northfield Police Pension Fund. My other interests include golf, WWII history, fishing and cheering on our Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

73, Don

February 09, 2017