WB9FQS - Larry
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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'
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ITU Zone 8
CQ DX Zone 4
Porter County

Previous QTH (Dec 1970-Dec 2015)
Highland, IN 46322
                     N 41 34'  W 87 28' (Feb 1992-Dec 2015)
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Lake County

Previous callsign


12/05/70  - 11/27/71



   Kenwwod TS-850S

               Ameritron AL-811 (572B tubes)        EV 638   EV RE320

Kenwood TS-140S  Kenwood TS-440S

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 or RE 320

Yaesu FT-100D for portable operations

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

B&W 90 1.8-30 Folded Dipole 10 meters  at center  

 Kenwood TM-241A

Kenwood TM-271A

Kenwood TH-F6A

Active on 2m and 70cm FM

Cushcraft Ringo 2m vertical at 10 meters (temporary at 4 meters)

Cushcraft 3-element 2m beam at 12 meters (temporary at 3 meters)

Arrow 2m/70cm Dual Band J Pole at 7meters (temporary at 4 meters)

Kenwood TM-271A   Kenwood TM-241A  Kenwood TM-231A  

Kenwood TH-F6A (2m/1.25m/70cm)     BaoFeng UV-5R (2m/70cm/GMRS)


First licensed as a novice WN9FQS in 1970, Larry "LAB" 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.

Outside of amateur radio, Larry has worked as a theatrical lighting designer and musical theater stage producer/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 / Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM, also on the board of directors for Lakeshore Public Media (TV and Radio) , on several art gallery board of directors, 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 since 1981, and in 2017 he was awarded Lifetime Voting Member Status in NARAS.  In January 2016, Larry was inducted into the Indiana Thespian Hall of Fame for his outstanding long-time service in educational theater.

Larry is a host of a local radio show, ART ON THE AIR on 103.1FM, heard every Friday at 1100-1200CT (1700 UTC-winter / 1600 UTC-summer) with a web page and show archive at .  Rebroadcast Monday at 1700CT (2300 UTC-winter) / 2200 UTC-summer), and Sunday at 1900CT (Monday 0100 UTC-winter / 0000 UTC-summer) on Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM

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 (ASEL), 107 sUAS Remote Pilot, plus is a licensed Ground Instructor. 







DXCC Certificate

WAC Certificate

ARRL Official Observer

eQSL's eDX certificate


eSouth America Certificate

eNAmerica Certifcate 

eQSL's eCanada certificate

eQSL's ePFX300 certificate

OTC Certifcate

RCC Certificate

CQ PFX certificate


Mixed/Phone/20m Continents of the World Award
Mixed/Phone/20m/10m US Counties Award
250 counties Mixed/Phone Grid Squared Award
Mixed/Phone/20m/15m/10m World Friendship Award
5-Band Mixed/Phone Master of Europe Award

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