Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio, replied:
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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 (K3YB, ex: 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 early June 2011, I took some practice tests here on QRZ.com and found that I could consistently pass Elements 2 and 3 with ease despite having been out of the hobby of about 15 years (I could also still copy and send CW at 15 wpm or better, despite having not used it for at least as long). I went to a VE testing session on June 29, 2011 and passed Elements 2 and 3. 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.
On October 6, 2015, Bobby and I were fortunate enough to hear Dr. Joseph Taylor, K1JT, give his talk entitled "DXing with Weak Signals" at a meeting of the Old Barney Amateur Radio Club (OBARC), who were gracious enough to open their meeting to any who could attend. Joe spoke briefly about his research and mainly about the digital modes he has developed for weak signal communications. In addition to giving so much to amateur radio and revolutionizaing weak signal digital communications, Joe is a very friendly person and an engaging speaker. If you ever have the chance to hear him speak, I highly reccomend you take advantage of the opportunity.
K1JT poses for a picture with my son KD2AWE.
Joe was not only kind enough to pose for a picture, he also brought his Nobel Medal! Yes, that is an anctual Nobel Prize Bobby is holding!
When we got in the car to go home, Bobby said; "I guess that's the only time I'll ever hold a Nobel Prize... till I win my own". Let's all hope!
Some organizations I'm a member of:
The W2EA crew at the top of High Knob mountain in the Pocono Mountains, PA (FN21kh) during the September 2015 VHF Contest
Bob - KE2D
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