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I was first licensed in 1981 out of a necessity to communicate with family operating a placer gold mining operation in Eduador, South America. After realizing that I needed to get my HAM license, I visited the local radio shop (Radio Inc - Tulsa, OK) to enquire as to how to go about that. After a few weeks of study and learning the code, the store clerk, Vern Skinner (WD5GHC), gave me the Novice exam and off I went. A daily schedule was established with HC7CM (aka W5VFO) on 21.100. I operated CW and Charles operated SSB (authorized mode for that frequency in Ecuador). Operating CW/SSB cross-mode was a bit awkard but interesting. Since sending CW is much easier to learn than receiving CW, it actually worked quite well, but Charles always kidded me about having to "stay in the Novice band." That inspired me to upgrade, achieving my Extra Class within ten months of first being licensed. Well, the gold ran out, but HAM radio has stayed with me ever since. Maybe I got the gold afterall. 73     

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