Our Stories
 Rick Roznoy K1OF
 Jim Cain K1TN
 Bob Lightner W4GJ
 Rick Tavan N6XI
 Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA
 Gary Yantis W0TM
 Bill Husted KQ4YA
 Mark Nelson AJ2X
 Joe Park WB6AGR
 Richard Pumphrey WN9DDV
 Rick Swain KK8O
 Walt Beverly W4GV
 Steve Meyers W0AZ
 Terry Schieler W0FM
 Fred Merkel AK7D
 Steve Pink KF1Y
 Bob Roske N0UF
 Joe Trombino W2KJ
 "Sig" Signer NV7E
 Glenn Kurzenknabe K3SWZ
 J. Michael Fuller K7CIE
 Michael Betz WB8ZFQ
 Phil Salas AD5X
 John Shidler NS5Z
 Geoff Allsup W1OH
 Ken Widelitz K6LA / VY2TT
 Gary Pearce KN4AQ 
 Dan Gaylord W7IDG 
 AL LaPeter W2AS
 Bob Jameson N3LNP
 Jan Perkins N6AW
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1991 - 2000

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
(formerly WN9AVT, 1961)

Graphic: "SOS at Midnight"I first became aware of radio around the 5th grade through a book in the library titled SOS at Midnight by Walker A. Tompkins. My interest was further stirred by one of the Hardy Boys books – The Short-Wave Mystery. These two books started my SWL career (I was ‘licensed’ by Popular Electronics as WPE9BQH). My receiver was a National NC-60 that Dad bought me in 6th grade – he must have figured something good might come of this interest. I discovered Amateur Radio via the NC-60 by listening to a Chicago-area AM net on 1805 KHz (I grew up in Northwest Indiana).


Graphic: The Short-wave Mystery (Hardy Boys series)But knowing about Amateur Radio didn’t get one a license – you had to actually know an Amateur Radio operator. Fortunately this turned out to be my Social Studies teacher in 7th and 8th grade – Mr. Walters W9MNO. Through his Radio Club at school, I took and passed my Novice exam, and was licensed as WN9AVT on October 11, 1961. In May 1962, a bunch of us Novices (Howie WN9AOW, Pete WN9BAB, Ross KN9FUA, Howie KN9GHL, and Dennis KN9YWO) took the South Shore train to Chicago and we all passed our General exam.


My Novice station consisted of the NC-60 and a Heathkit DX-20. I had 40m crystals for 7170 KHz and 7193 KHz. The 7170 crystal was quite useless at night due to Radio Moscow being on 7170 KHz. The antenna was a 40m dipole between the house and garage, and I had many enjoyable QSOs in the old 40m Novice band. Although I had a crystal for the 15m Novice band, the lack of an RF stage in the NC-60 limited my ability to hear all but the loudest signals. I upgraded to Extra in the mid seventies, and took K9LA in 1977 when the FCC allowed Extra class licensees to acquire a 1x2 call.


Please visit Carl's ham page: http://mysite.verizon.net/k9la/