Lived and worked in the Republic of Mexico for 16 years. My first amateur radio license was XE2BSG, clase pricipiante, in Ciudad Chihuahua, Chihuahua when I was a resident alien in Mexico. The exam was long hand answers in Spanish and the Morse code test was taken before an examiner at the local monitoring station, send and receive from the local newspaper "EL Heraldo de Chihuahua" at 5 WPM, the examiner gave me the 13 WPM exam by mistake. Boy was I sweating! After the earthquake of 1985 in Mexico City I upgraded to segunda clase and ventured to request a two letter suffix because I'd handled so many messages from Ciudad Chihuahua to Ciudad de Mexico because the long distance telephone microwave tower had been destroyed in the D.F. (The total message count was in excess of 400 in one month.) My new call sign was XE2IZ. I returned to the U.S.A. in 1990. My Mexican license has long expired and these calls have been vacated and/or reassigned.
In the U.S.A., I have held KA5UHW - Novice, N5HQN - General, and now hold KM5TP - Advanced.
My job is Division Chief-Emergency Medical Services, for the Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue Department.
I enjoy CW the most.
Saludos especiales a todo radioaficionado hispanoparlante!
73 & DX
Chris - KM5TP
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