I was first licensed as a novice in 1987 in New Paltz, NY, while I was in middle school. I upgraded to Technician in 1989 while in High School, but never spent time on VHF. My favorite mode was always CW QRP, which I would frequenlty use to talk to hams in the midwest in the evenings on 80 meters.
I upgraded to Extra in the 90's while attending Georgia Tech for Electrical Engineering. The amateur radio club at Georgia Tech had a great shack, and I spent many hours there working a barefoot TS-440S I had bought on e-bay for a few hundred bucks.
After grad school, I moved to a townhouse in the Philadelphia area where I was not able to have an outdoor antenna, but I did have a monoband 20m dipole in my attic along with a 2/6/440 vertical antenna.
After my stint in Phila, I got married and my wife and I relocated to Seneca, South Carolina, where I took a job at a local engineering office / factory, and my wife enrolled at Clemson University to complete her Environmental Engineering degree. I am still only on VHF, and cannot hit any repeaters from my house, but once we find a property and build our house, it will come with a nice, big tower to help me get back into the hobby :)
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