A Bit of History
In 9th grade, I joined the radio club at Test Junior
High School in Richmond, IN. I joined because my
friends were joining. I didn’t have much interest in radio.
One of the requirements of membership was
learning Morse Code. I couldn’t. Maybe the fact that I
never studied in order to learn it was part of my problem.
Within a few weeks I was booted from the radio club. So,
even then, I was no stranger to failure.
Fast forward to 1984. I became the staff advisor to
a student organization at Purdue University that included
a ham radio club, W9CLY. My interest in radio was
rekindled but I did not have the time then to pursue it. I
found the time in 1993 and was first licensed as N9UXK,
a Technician Plus. I soon upgraded to General Class,
then Advanced (KF9WX) and earned an Extra Class
license in 1994. I acquired the K9WX vanity call sign in
I’m interested in a number of facets of ham radio
but, historically, my greatest interest is contesting. I also
chase some DX if it doesn’t get in the way of a good
contest and completed 5BDXCC in August of 2016. I
also completed DXCC Challenge in December 2016 and
have the 1500 point medallion. My antennas are limited
so I favor domestic contests and work mostly CW and
RTTY events. I usually operate SO2R during a contest to
help maximize my score.
I retired from Purdue in July 2014 after a 37-year
career and appreciate being able to spend more time in
the shack. I served on the Board of Directors for the
Society of Midwest Contesters 2019-2021 and currently
manage the data for their Lifetime Achievement Award. I
was the Editor of Solid Copy, the CWops monthly
newsletter 2017-2022. I was also the manager of the
now-concluded NAQP Challenge.
Tim Gennett, K9WX
1914 Arrowhead Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47906 USA
CQ Zone: 4 IARU Zone: 8
TimK9WX at geemail dot com
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