First licensed as a Novice in 1954. Due to school and other conflicts, I never got on the air during the "One Year non-renewable License" term. While attending college I found time to study for the Technician class license, (more conflicts), in 1960 I received the call K1QBP. Most operating activity was confined to 6 Meters using a Harvey-Wells TBS-50 transmitter (single 807 80 to 2 meters)and National NC-109 receiver/converter. Antennas were all homebrew from old, broken TV antenna parts that I found on the connecting flat roofs of my West End Boston apartment. Many enjoyable hours were spent on 6 meters (except for some CH-2 TVI).
The following years went from graduation to work to love and marriage to children (those conflicts again), so ham radio took a back seat until 1975. I decided to get back on the air (six meters). The "BUG" bit again. I thought "I must upgrade to General". Thanks to the FCC grandfathering, I was able to upgrade by passing the 13-wpm code test. In 1980 I upgraded to Extra and requested a call sign change. On March 14 the mail came with my new license and call sign.
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