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Amateur Radio is a great hobby and it has been an important part of my life for nearly 60 years. I first learned of it while reading SOS Radio Patrol in grade school. Later I was building and flying model airplanes when I consulted my neighbor, a ham, about radio control. He said I should study to be a ham and use 6M. He demonstrated his home brew,10M, AM mobile transmitter and converter on his car radio. He then took me inside and introduced me to morse code. To make sure I stuck with it he gave me an old 78 code practice record and a license manual. Don was an engineer with RCA and on assignment to our local Air Force base. In March 1958 he administered the Novice class exam. I have not flown a model airplane since.

In May of 1958 my Novice ticket arrived with the call sign KN7EAM. I fired up my 6L6, 3 watt rig on 40 M. I built it on a cigar box. My receiver was a Hallicrafters S-85. Great fun for a 14 year-old kid. The FCC traveled to Spokane from Seattle to administer license exams twice a year. Our high school math and physics teacher, H.Tex Clark K7ASO had us all fired up and, in October of 1958, he rounded up several of us novice hams attending the new Shadle Park High School including Alan Kaul W6RCL (then KN7EHW), Bob Stone KN7ELG, Mike Vaughn KN7BTR, Craig Jungers KN7EXJ and hauled us to the local Federal Court House to take the General Class exam. We had been studying and I believe we all passed. I barely made it through the 13 WPM code test. I looked at my scribbled page and tried to make heads or tales of it. Something about an airplane. The examiner leaned over my shoulder, scratched a few lines and gave me a passing grade. Now K7EAM.

Ten years later a few locals challenged each other to get a Amateur Extra Class ticket although there was no real incentive for upgrading. I had to get my code speed up to pass the 20 WPM test. Listening to ARRL code practice became a daily ritual. I also recorded several sessions so I could practice when time allowed. We joined many others at the local Community College to take the exams in front of the FCC. I used a keyer on the air so I packed along my Eico 717 electronic (tube) keyer (still works great). The FCC welcomed it and others used it as well. I passed the exams. My Extra class ticket was dated May 24, 1968. In 1977 the FCC allowed Extra class licensees to chose a 1X2 call sign. I have been K7GS since.

I supported my family and my hobby in the real estate industry. Primarly as a commercial real estate lender (mostly construction lending) for 32 years with a major commercial bank. I studied real estate appraisal and was an appraiser for 15 years prior to joining the bank. I was designated a Senior Real Estate Appraiser by the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and a Member of the Appraisal Institute as well as a licensed commercial real estate appraiser in the State of Washington and Idaho. Also was a licensed real estate managing broker in Washington State and Idaho. The appraisal education added greatly to the analysis of commercial real estate loan requests.

Now that I am retired I am on the air almost daily chasing DX and building or rebuilding home brew gear. CW and RTTY contests are a lot of fun but I don't like to sit in the chair for hours on end. Four to 8 hours of 1 to 2 hour stints is long enough for me. For seveal years I ran QRP in the CW contests. I was amazed by the number of dx qso's could be made with 5 watts. I qualified for QRP DXCC in those contests. I live on a postage stamp sized a lot but am lucky enough to have a 3 element SteppIR and an inverted "L" with a remote tuner. These antennas allowed me to be listed on the Top of the Honor Roll (349/340) and achieve 8BDXCC.

ARRL Life Member (50 years), Spokane DX Association, CW Ops 1624.

Thanks for the contact and I hope to meet you on the air again soon.

73 and Good DX,

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