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I got my novice license in 1963 while living in the San Fernando Vally, CA.  My first rig was a Heathkit HX-11 3 tube transmitter and a Hammarlund HQ-129X into a 14AVS Vertical.  It was amazing to me, tapping out code to fellow hams accross the country.  I worked 40 meters obessevely and 15 during openings.  I just loved it.  A friend of mine and I would come home from high school and rag chew.  My speed got up to over 20 wpm but when it came time to take the general test, I failed the code test!  I was devistated and quit for years.

Later in the late 1970's, I had a girl friend who was an airline attendant and had to relocate to Ill.  I remember seeing a ham a few blocks down and thought here's a way I could talk to her for free - Phone patch, I remembered but never had the opportunity.  I was so impressed with that so, that I studied and got my general.  To my delight, the code requirements had changed.  Yes, still 13 wpm requried but the test was a comprehensive message for 5 minutes and you had to answer 20 questions (multiple choice) on the contents of the message.  What a breeze!

Currently very active with a Kenwood TS940S, SB220 Amp driving a Mosely TA63N up around 55 feet.  Now retired, I enjoy the hobby even more than before, especially with so many added features since the 70's.

Thanks for stopping by.  73's and Shalom.




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