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Larry A Brechner
330 Indian Boundary Road
Chesterton, IN  46304-1511
Porter County USA

N 41 36.8'  W 87 2.8'
Grid Square EN61lo
ITU Zone 8
CQ DX Zone 4
Porter County

Previous QTH (Feb 1992-Dec 2015):
Highland, IN 46322-1038
N 41 34'  W 87 28'
Grid Square EN61gn
Lake County

Previous callsign


12/05/70  - 11/27/71


Mosley TA-33 JR- WARC


  B&W 1.8-30

   Kenwwod TS-850S

Kenwood TS-140S  Kenwood TS-440S

Ameritron AL-811 (572B tubes)        EV 638

Yaesu FT-100D


HF active on SSB on 20m also 80, 40, 17, 15, 12, 10

Kenwood TS-850S / Kenwood TS-140S / Kenwood TS-440S

Ameritron AL-811A (572B tubes)

Microphone: Electro Voice EV 638

Yaesu FT-100D for portable operations

Mosley TA-33 JR WARC 3-elements 20-15-10m / dipole 17-12 (at 10 meters)

B&W 1.8-30 Folded Dipole (at 8 meters)

 Kenwood TM-241A

Kenwood TM-271A

Kenwood TH-F6A

active on 2m and 70cm FM

Cushcraft Ringo 2m vertical at 10 meters

Cushcraft 3-element 2m beam at 12 meters

Arrow 2m/70cm Dual Band J Pole at 7meters

Kenwood TM-271A  
Kenwood TM-241A 
Kenwood TM-231A  
Kenwood TH-F6A    


First licensed as a novice WN9FQS in 1970, Larry has held his current call sign since upgrading to a General Class license in November 1971.  He has held his extra class license since 1990, and is mostly active operating SSB generally on 20m, but also on 80m, 40m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m DX and 2m FM.  Primary HF Station is a Kenwood TS-850S, Ameritron AL-811A, into a Mosley TA33jr-WARC Yagi at 10 meters and a B&W 1.8-30 folded dipole. He serves as an ARRL Official Observer for the Indiana section, a Certified Advanced SKYWARN Weather Spotter for Northwest Indiana, and a member of the Lake County EMA.

Outside of amateur radio, Larry has worked as a theatrical lighting designer and stage director for over forty years.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Purdue University Calumet ( now Purdue Northwest) in Radio/TV/Theater Production and Management, and in 2007 completed his Doctor of Fine Arts  (D.F.A.) in Theatre Studies.  Larry worked as the Auditorium Director for the Munster Auditorium in Northwest Indiana, a 1000 seat theater plus Producer/Director of the Munster Theatre Company for 18 years.

Prior to that was the Theatre Administrator/Production Manager for The Center for Visual & Performing Arts professional theater operation Theatre at The Center, also serving as resident lighting designer. He worked as Auditorium/Theater Director for Highland's Monbeck Auditorium for 13 years.

Larry has been seen as an on-air television and radio pledge host for Lakeshore Public Television / The Lakeshore 89.1 FM, also on the board of directors for Lakeshore Public Media (TV and Radio) , previously on South Shore Leadership Center,  for LakeNET, a 2010 Purdue University Calumet Alumni Leadership Award, a 1997 recipient of the Purdue University Calumet Distinguished Corporate/Community Service Award and the 1999 Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership. He also served as an adjunct professor at Calumet College in the Media Fine Arts department. Larry is a voting member for the recording industry's Grammy Awards.  In January 2016, Larry was inducted into the Indiana Thespian Hall of Fame for his outstanding long-time service in educational theater.

Larry has been active as a fine art photographer for over thirty years. His artistic photography work is mostly in landscapes, scenic, nature, still life, buildings, nautical themes, plus includes abstract figure studies and aerial work. Larry's work is exhibited in galleries throughout Northwest Indiana and Suburban Chicago plus appears in several private collections, and appeared in several regional calendars.

Larry also a holds an instrument-rated commercial pilot's license plus is a licensed Ground Instructor. 

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