Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio, replied:
2013 ARRL Field Day - Top Score in 2A Category for all of NJ (SNJ & NNJ)
Thanks to: WB2REM, KD2AWE, V. Piccin, J. Clarke
I received my first amateur license on March 7th,1972 when I was 15. This was a Novice license and my call sign was WN2EQX. At that time Novice tickets were only good for 2 years. This was intended as an incentive to upgrade quickly and it worked.
On February 20th, 1973, I was issued my first General Class license after passing the exam at the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia at 2nd and Chestnut on December 27th the previous year. My call sign became WA2NKK. In August of 1973, I passed the exam for Advanced Class and was awarded my new privliges on September 11th, 1973. I had gone from Novice to Advanced in just 18 months and still wasn't old enough to drive. During this time I was a member of the Delaware Valley Radio Association (W2ZQ), and the Princeton, NJ YMCA Radio Cllub (K2PWK).
I fell out of the hobby for a number of years while I went to college and started my career. In 1986 my friend and colleague Dave Culver (KE2OE) encouraged me to renew my ticket after he joined the hobby about a year and a half earlier. Dave had done some checking with the FCC on my behalf and found that I was only a few weeks away from exceeding the grace period. I was living in Philadelphia at the time and was issued KC3UY. I kept this call active for a number of years. I once again became active in the DVRA (W2ZQ) and helped organize several Field Day outings with the club. I made some good friends and had a great time during this period of activity.
The arrival of my daughter in 1996, my son in 1999, and an increasing work load kept me off the air and inactive. My license expired in 2001 and it wasn't until I went to check it several years later that I discovered I was past the grace period.
In summer 2011, I took some practice tests online and found that I could consistently pass Elements 2 and 3 with ease. I decided to take the tests on June 29, 2011. Less than two weeks later, I received my General ticket for the second time and was issued the call KD2AMN. I regret letting my Advanced ticket expire and resolved to get my Extra class license to regain the privileges I lost. In a stroke of pure coincidence and irony, I passed my Element 4 Extra exam on December 22, 2011 while sitting behind my Friend Dave, KE2OE who also passed his upgrade to Extra just a few minutes ahead of me. We hadn't spoken in at least 4 years and just happened to show up for the same exam on the same night. On January 3rd, 2012 I applied for my current call sign: KE2D. On Saturday January 21, 2012 the FCC issued this call to me.
On September 17, 2011, my 12 year old son Bobby passed his Technician test after studying on his own for about 1 month, mostly from a study guide on his Kindle and using the practice exams here on QRZ.com. He received the call sign KD2AWE on September 26, 2011.
73 and best wishes to hams everywhere.
QRO (relatively speaking) - Kenwood TS440S-AT
QRP - Heathkit HW-7
Ensemble RX II SDR reveiver designed by Tony Parks, KB9YIG. SDR is amazing!
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Mobile - Kenwood TM-732A
Home - packet, repeater, etc. - Kenwood TM-241A
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