N1EVK (previously KA1PRZ novice call sign)
Hello my name is Rob. I was first introduced to amateur radio at the
age of 8 by a local television repairman Bob Letorneau WB1EUB.
Although interested in the hobby, I wasn't financially able at that age.
It wasn't until I was in high school, when Dan Lees KA1CIV had
suggested that I should pursue my novice license. Fortunately Dan
was also willing to take up the task of “elmering” me. (not an easy task)
I passed my novice exam in 1986, and subsequently received the call:
Within months I had upgraded to technician and received my current call.
From there I worked on my CW (Morse Code for non hams) to achieve
the required 13 words per minute for the General and Advanced class licenses
When I passed the Advanced class exam, I also passed the Extra class
written exam, but failed the 20 word per minute CW exam. I struggled
with the 20 word per minute code for quite some time until I discovered
That my friend Andy's dad Gerry was a radio operator with the U.S. Army
in World War II. Although he wasn't interested in amateur radio he loved
operating CW. During his service he'd frequently send and receive code
in 5 letter groups at 25 plus words per minute. We then proceeded to make
a code practice oscillator. He had also taught me a different way of writing
letters and numbers that speeds up your hand writing just as they did in
the Army. Its not quite a short hand but rather more efficient writing
strokes that could be read by anyone. Many times I would go to visit and
he wouldn't talk. He'd slide his key across the table to me for me to “talk”
in code. Then I would slide the key back to him for his reply. We had
many conversations like this where we wouldn't speak a word. As strange
as it was, I quickly improved my code speed and passed the 20 word per
minute test for my Extra class license. When I told Gerry that I had passed
the code test, he gave me his key that he used in the service. I didn't want to
take it, but he insisted. Later on my friend Andy Cote had gotten his Technician
Plus license and received the call KA1ZFQ. Sadly both Andy and Gerry
have both become silent keys. ...more to come as I write it
Please feel free to QSL me. I QSL 100% no postage necessary, but a
self addressed envelope will speed up the process. I also log contacts
here as well as eQsl and LoTW. I also QSL via the "bureau" for your
73 and hope to meet you on the air.
10-X # 45221
SKCC # 8070
Triple Play Award #770
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