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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 in June of 1957 as an unlicensed ham. 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 1958. My first Filed Day as an operator was in June of 1959, the year I graduated from Puyallup HighSchool. Of course I operated CW!  I spent many Field

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