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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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