I first became interested in amateur radio as a Boy Scout working on my merit badge. Built a one tube radio in an old cigar box. A friend of my fathers became my elmer, Ivan Cook, W7MTX. He was a member of the Puyallup, WA, Valley Amateur Radio Club. I took my novice test from the VARC and obtained my first license as a novice in April of 1956 with the callsign of WN7DNU.
My folks helped me buy my first rig from Heathkit, an AR-3 Receiver and a DX-35 crystal controlled transmitter. I operated as a novice from Feburary 1957 till my licence expired in April of 1957. I attended my first Field Day with the VARC in June of 1957 as an unlicensed ham. The call sign of the VARC for Field Day was W7HZ. I had passed my General but hadn't received my license as of yet. It was a memorable event. My job was to fill the generators in the middle of the night. I can still remember walking through the woods and hearing the sound of CW echoing through the night. My love of CW began that night.
I became W7DNU in August of 1957. My first Filed Day as an operator was in June of 1958, when I was a junior at Puyallup HighSchool. Of course I operated CW! I spent many Field Days with the VARC of Puyallup. In 1960 the VARC set a Field Day record score of 30,735 points with 10 rigs in operation.
I graduated from Puyallup High School in 1959 and went on to take a two year course in radio and TV servicing at the Tacoma Vocational Technical Institute (now BATES). While at the school I met Steve Tillett, K7KOT who became my life long friend. We shared many ham radio adventures over the years. This was when I started to get interested in VHF weak signal work.
After graduating from the Tacoma Vocational and Technical Instituete, I went on to Centrailia Junior College to take pre-Engineering classes. Where I graduated with my Associate of Arts degree in 1962. I then transferred to the University of Washginton and graduated wiht my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
All this time I continued with my ham radio activities, working HF DX and VHF.
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