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I WAS INTRODUCED TO RADIO BY A NEIGHBOR, HARVEY CARR. HE AND I ROAD THE SAME

SCHOOL BUS. HE USED TO BRING THINGS ON THE BUS. ONE DAY HE BROUGHT A ALLIED RADIO CATALOG TO SHOW ME AND LET ME READ. I ORDERED A CRYSTAL RADIO KIT. ONE OF THOSE GURMANIUM CRYSTAL THINGS. I ALSO ORDERED A SET OF EARPHONES FOR IT.  IT WAS EASY TO PUT TOGETHER AND BOY WAS I SUPERVISED, IT WORKED. THE NEXT THING HARVEY BROUGHT ME TO CHECK OUT WAS A RED AND BLACK BOOK CALLED A ARRL STUDY MANUAL AND OFF I WENT.  I WORKED ON THE CODE IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS, I PASSED MY TEST, GOT MY FIRST HAM LICENSE. MY CALL LETTERS WERE KN7DGU. I DON'T REMEMBER WHERE I GOT MY S-40B HALLICRAFTER RECIEVER AND MY HEATHKIT DX-35 TRANSMITTER.  I BELIEVE I ORDERED A BRASS TELEGRAPH KEY FROM THAT ALLIED RADIO CATALOG.  I GREW UP ON A HOG/TRUCK FARM SIX MILES WEST OF PASCO, WASHINGTON. WE HAD AN OLD WOODSHED ABOUT 50 FEET FROM THE MAIN HOUSE. MY DAD HELPED BY CONVERTING IT INTO A BUNKHOUSE/RADIO SHACK. IT WAS ABOUT 12X12. MY DAD BOUGHT SOME 1/4 " AC PLYWOOD AND SOME INSULATION AND WE WIRED IT WITH LITES AND POWER OUTLETS. WE THEN VARNISHED THE WALLS AND INCLOSED THE CELLING. I BOUGHT A SORT OF A TOY TELEPHONE THAT I RAN FROM MY BUNKHOUSE TO THE BACKPORCH SO MY MOM COULD CALL ME TO GET UP IN THE MORNING OR WHEN EVER MY FOLKS NEEDED ME  TO DO SOMETHING.  MY NEXT HURTLE WAS WORKING ON MY CONDITIONAL HAM TICKET. I KEPT MY NOVICE FOR ALMOST A YEAR. I HAD TO STUDY FOR AWHILE FOR THE TEST AND TO GET UP TO 13 WORDS A MINUTE WITH THE CODE . I HAD TO TAKE THE CONDITIONAL TEST THREE TIMES TO PASS IT.  I DID GOOD ON THE CODE.  I HAD A LOT OF FUN IN THOSE DAYS.  I LATER BOUGHT A HAMMERLAND HQ-129X RECEIVER AND A DX-50 FROM ANOTHER HAM BY THE NAME OF GLEN BAKER WHO OWNED A POTATO PROCESSING BUSINESS IN KENNEWICK. WHAT A GREAT SETUP.  I ALSO AQUIRED A VF-1 VFO. I HAD A 129 .FT. 80 METER ANTENNA, A 40 METER FOLDED DIPOLE AND A QUAD  FOR 10 AND 20 METERS.  I LEFT HOME IN 1963 AND LET MY LICENSE LAPSE.  I RELICENSED IN 2000 AND THE REST IS AS YOU WOULD SAY,  IS HISTORY.  I FEEL VERY BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO AGAIN BE A HAM.  I ENJOY DOING A LITTLE TRAFFIC AND NETS AND DX.  I AM WORKING ON MY W.A.S.,  AND AM NEEDING ONLY 1  STATE.  DO SOMEONE A GREAT TURN AND SHARE THE AMETEUR BUG WITH THEM.  I AM 74 YEARS OLDAND I SO ENJOY THE HOBBY. THANKS FOR THE QSO AND GOD BLESS YOU. 73'S JOHN

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