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6 Meter VUCC #1193 issued 17 Jan 2002 - 6 Meter WAS #1217 issued 09 Sep 2003 First licensed in the fall of 1968 as WN8CKZ - back then the N in the second field of the callsign indicated a Novice license. So, there I was, by law, crystal-controlled transmit at < 75 W DC input power. I learned to grind crystals with toothpaste on a sheet of glass to bring them up in frequency, and rub pencil lead on 'em to bring 'em down. It sure was good to get 'netted' up on the same frequency with your radio pals!

It was only a few months before I received my first (and only ;-) 'Pink Slip' from the FriendlyChirpChecker, but instead of a chirp, I was found outside the approved amateur radio bands. Turns out the 2nd harmonic from my 80M signal was quite strong, and fell well above the legal 40M band. Determining the cause, fixing it, and explaining all that to the FCC got me off the hook. Good thing, because I was a high school student with no job at the time, so might have had to sell the rigs to pay for a fine :{0

As WB8CKZ through the 70's and 80's I did lotsa CW on 40M and 15M, SSB wherever, some RTTY, 2M bicycle mobile, a few years of active traffic handling, and various mobile ops.

Somewhere in there I got sick of the callsign - long and awkward on both CW and Phone but at the time there was no 'vanity' system, so I just let the ticket lapse and wrote the tests all over again the next day.

In the late 80's I moved from my home in the swamp with the 90'+ White Pine trees (lazy H, bobtail and sterba curtain array supports)to a ridge just .5 miles from the highest point in the lower peninsula of Michigan with no good trees for support. Whilst building the new house that summer I noticed that the little 12" b&w TV set with bunny ears and a loop uhf antenna would pick up TV stations from several hundred miles away some nights.

That's how an avid hf'er gets transverted to V/Uhf mania! So now I'm more interested in sporadic-e or tropo ducting than if some island in the south pacific is running a dx-pedition :-0

See ya on 6, 2m, 432, and whatever new band I decide to get next (1296 or ...)

In parting, I must give my rant about CW. All you need to witness to realize that CW will do it when nothing else will is a real heavy aurora on VHF or UHF.

GL es vy 73 de Mark KX8XX

(was KB8GC WB8CKZ )

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