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Hello, I’m Walter Hall, as if you didn’t know.  I’m 89 years old now and have been an Amateur Radio Operator for about 57 of the years of my life.  I first became interested in the International Morse Code when I worked in a Navy Yard Communications office during WW2.  I was a pretty proficient typist and as a teletype operator I was in the company of a couple of old timers that were former American Morse Operators, and at that time International Morse Operators.

Before the end of WW2 I was drafted but chose to join the Navy rather that be an infantry soldier.  After Boot camp I tried to go to a radioman’s school but there was never a quota.  Aboard ship, because of my clerical ability, I became the Ship’s Yeoman. The ship’s radio shack was adjacent to my office so that’s where I spent much of my time, drinking their coffee if nothing else.

Fast forward to 1947.  Looking for employment in my hometown wasn’t very productive.  Veterans were being paid $20.00 per week for 52 weeks while seeking employment. Hence  52 – 20  was coined.  I signed up for my first $20.00, and when I went back the following week for the first $20 (pool room money), I was directed to the Railroad Yard and a rail pass to Division Headquarters, where I was hired as a Student Telegrapher, to be trained to become an operator and to perform agency work.

During my first years as Extra Board Agent/Operator, another employee and good friend, and an Amateur Radio Operator, encouraged me to seek an Amateur license.  Enough said!  My novice call sign was KN4DAL.  I’ve never seen need for a vanity call.

I retired from railroad after 42 years 9 months service, which includes my time in the Navy, and moved to our present home on Brunswick Lake, a man-made lake in Brunswick County, Virginia.  I have small acreage in the waterfront with a hardwood forest all around my home, where I enjoy pursuing the hobby.  I work all HF bands and can usually be found on the lower end the 40-m band.  Look for me and give me a call.

 

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