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My discovery of Amateur Radio initially became occurring when I went to the Franklin Institute as a child with my parents (both of whom are educators) when I met Rolland ("Rollie") Madara (W3PWG, SK), but I was not interested in learning Morse Code back then. However, not to long thereafter my Father got me a CB radio in the mid 70s, and I became an instant "good buddy" with the license call sign of KAGI0201, and the handle "Firebird-4".

Years later as a teenager, my friend Jay Sokolow (N3ISE) introduced me to "Hamfests", and I began to learn more about Amateur Radio. However, still I did not yet get my ticket due to a disinterest in learning Morse Code.

When I started College in 1983, I again began to take an interest in getting my ticket. For five years (my elmer), Mr. Ed Miller (KA3IDV, SK) of Oreland, PA, a former engineer with RCA and retired student/volunteer at my College, Spring Garden College, pushed me to work towards my license. Finally, my friends Erik Vallow (WB3IXY), Brad Swanson (N3GLH) and Ed Miller (KA3IDV, SK) accomplished their mission, and I completed the requisite studies in order to pass my Novice Class License Exam (with some help from Ameco study guides and tapes too).

Oddly enough, one of the ways I studied for my Morse Code examination was to pick an article in the Wall Street Journal and transmit the article in Morse Code with a practice keyer while tape recording it with a cassette deck. The next day I would listen to the tape and try to copy the code, checking it against the article I had clipped out of the paper the day before. After about a month and a half, my code speed was sufficient to pass the 5 WPM code exam along with my Novice Class theory examination.

I was originally licensed on 16 AUG 1988 as a Novice Class Licensee and issued the call sign KA3TNH by the FCC. My Novice Class examination was conducted by Morton Vallow (WB3IXZ) of Ambler, PA, and John Horton (WA2BWA) of Medford, NJ.

Not more than a month later, on 13 SEP 1988 the FCC issued my Technician Class License, still under the call sign KA3TNH after taking my Technician Upgrade exam at a Philmont Mobile Radio Club testing session, run by William 'Dusty' Rhoads (ND3Q, SK). Later the following year, on 11 FEB 1989, I was issued my current call sign N3GWG after submitting the administrative request again via William 'Dusty' Rhoads (ND3Q, SK) at a Philmont Mobile Radio Club testing session.

My first radio was a Yaesu FT-209RH, because my friend Erik Vallow had one and it seemed like a nice radio. However, it failed to function properly 'out of the box' (actually it worked miserably), and Hamtronics (the folks that sold it to me) had no more in stock to replace it with (since it was within the first 30 days of purchase). So, for about $50 more, I upgraded to the FT-727RH (a dual band 2m/440 radio). Indeed, this radio did function properly 'out of the box', though its overall performance was not that great and eventually it was sold to Jim Zimskin (V31BB,SK) on a trip to the US from Belize. Subsequent to that, I have always owned ICOM HTs such as the ICOM 32AT, the 24AT, the W32A, the ICOM U16 (commercial HT), the ICOM 91AD, and now the ICOM 92AD. For some time I was into Kenwood mobile rigs and owned a few, but later on when the feature set and quality of ICOM mobile radios improved I quit buying Kenwood.

On 04 APR 1998 the FCC administratively upgraded my license from Technician to Technician Plus, as I had passed the Technician Class licensure examination back when 5 WPM was still required, and being a Technician Plus at that time when the FCC administratively upgraded ('renamed') the license provisioned greater privleges than being a Technician Class operator.

On 11 FEB 2003 the FCC issued my General Class license, pursuant to an upgrade examination taken again with the Philmont Mobile Radio Club testing session, still run by William 'Dusty' Rhoads (ND3Q, SK).

Finally on 15 MAY 2006, my Amateur Extra Class license was issued, pursuant to an upgrade examination taken with the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club, in Alexandria, Virginia, and with the assistance of many people at the Alexandria Radio Club at their free Amateur Extra study class. The 'class' was originally intended to be a night that a few people were going to set aside to just study together, but as interest ballooned, people started to step up to teach different sections of the Amateur Extra theory. Thank you very much to everyone at the Alexandria Radio Club that helped me prepare for my Extra Class License! My passing my Extra Class license was most definitely a team effort on behalf of the members and instructors at the Alexandria Radio Club, and is something I shall never stop appreciating.

I have been an ARRL VE for sometime, and now that my VE status has been upgraded to that of an Amateur Extra Class VE I shall be able to more amply serve the Amateur Radio Community in this manner. One day I would like to as well teach some of the topical areas requisite to understand in assisting others to get their licenses and upgrades.

On 24 JUL 2007 I took the examination for Element 1 of the FCC Commercial Operator License, and on 31 JUL 2007 was issued a Marine Radio Operator Permit pursuant to passing the exam with 23 out of 24 correct (or 96% correct).

Currently, I am studying for my Commercial License (GROL), so that I can be qualified for shipboard radio operations.



Stuart B. Tener, N3GWG (formerly KA3TNH)

Beverly Hills, CA / Las Vegas, NV / Philadelphia, PA / Washington, DC / Boulder, CO


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