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I was first licensed 1975 as WN0OLJ (then WB0OLJ) - remember the old days with novice calls?  - Back then you had to be licensed for one year with a higher grade license above the novice ticket before being egible for the Extra class license - later in 1975 that requirement was dropped and I got my Extra class that year.  The unusual thing about it was that I started trying to learn Morse code in 1953 while in grade school, in 1957 in high school, 1962 in college, after I was married in 1964, and finally got 5 wpm in December 1974.  That's when the novice test was a one-volunteer mail-in test.  Just as soon as I passed five wpm,  I went for 20 wpm.  73 magazine's code tapes became available then and that made the difference!

Meanwhile, I got married, got a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in Ames, practiced food animal medicine for 18 years (we called it "Large Animal practice" then), then worked for the U.S.D.A. as a Supervisory Veterinarian  in meat packing plants. I retired in August 2008 after 24 years in the Food Safety Inspection Service. 

I have a commercial pilot certficate  and instrument rating. I was working on my CFI rating and hope to get back to that. (like learning the code, it is took longer for me than most people - I just bought my own airplane - a 1979 Piper Archer - one that I used to rent 15 years ago.  So far I gotten 3 hours in it.  I can't wait for spring.

My wife of over 52 years, Joyce WB0ZQC (zq's chick), passed away January 19th of this year (2017) after mutiple bouts with breast and ovarian cancer.

I live on an acreage near Defiance Iowa but the only livestock I have is some cats.

 

 

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