A more recent version of the station
Kevin received his novice ticket in June of 1986, with the call KA9VPK. He upgraded to Technician in October of 1986, then to General class in February of 1987. In January of 1988 KA9VPK upgraded to Advanced class and became KF9AQ in December of 1990. In March of 2000 he upgraded to Extra class.
The KF9AQ HF station consists of a Kenwood TS-440SAT with a Kenwood R-599D and T-599D as a backup. He has two HF verticals, a Butternut HF2V 40/80/160 and a Butternut HF9V 10-80. Kevin has worked and confirmed 260 countries using just these verticals. The antennas have been painted brown to blend in with the natural surroundings. You have to look hard to see them.
After working for NCR Corporation for 23 years as a field technician he decided to leave them and pursue a career as a voice/data/video/fiber technician. He has been doing this for nearly 6 years and is pleased with better hours and NO holiday and weekends work hours!