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SKCC number 429 FISTS# 12263

i started in amateur radio in 1961 at 13 years old. i had been interested in the great big glowing boxes that people talked on since i was 10. In 1961 i aquired my novice license with the novice call of KN7UPA. After the mandatory year of working only CW i took a tentative step and went to portland oregon to test for my general. After passing the CW i then was presented with a sealed general class license exam. As i was taking the test, i recall the examiner looking over my shoulder.(i was the only one testing that day.) i learned first hand what "a cold sweat" was. For the next several weeks i spent alot of time thinking about the exam and how i missed so many questions. the wait was torture and the weeks seemed like months and then one day i opened the mail box and inside was my FCC General Class license. That terrible "N" i would never see again and i sported the new call of K7UPA. i was active in radio all through high school and up to the time i was drafted and went to Viet Nam. i came back, my license was expired and in those days they didn't accept excuses of any kind. a period of years past, i became a king county sheriff deputy in 1978 and in 1978 my interest in radio returned and i won my general ticket back. In 1982 i applied to the state of alaska and was hired as an alaska state trooper. in 1989, while arrestting an individual he picked me up and threw me down some stairs, breaking my neck in two places. after 12 surgeries, the state of alaska retired me. since 1989 i have been hot and cold being active but now i spend alot of time talking to friends and future friends every day.

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