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It was many, many years ago (56 to be exact) that I was almost 17 years old 
any couldn't wait to get my "Amateur Radio License". I had bought a Novice license 
study guide at a radio/tv store in downtown Gary, Indiana, and thought I was ready 
to take the code & theory tests. 

Problem was, I didn't know any Ham operators to give me the test! But my dad knew 
a friend, who knew a guy, who knew a Ham operator! A few weeks passed and my dad 
told me the ham operator had the test packet, and told me a time & day had been 
arranged for me to go to his house and take the test.

So after a half hour bus ride & a six block walk, I arrived at his house 
in downtown Gary. All I remembered about the Ham was that his name was Herb, and he was laying on his back in a bed in his living room. He had me send and copy the 5wpm 
code & told me I passed that part. Then the envelope with the written test was opened 
and I took the test, which then had to be mailed to the FCC office (in Chicago I think).

I really don't remember anything more about the visit to Herb's house. But after about a six week wait the much awaited envelope arrived from the FCC with my first license with call sign KN9SSL.

After these many years I learned that "Herb" was the same Herb Brier W9EGQ that wrote a Monthly column for Popular Electronics magazine titled "Among the Novice Hams", as well as countless articles in CQ & QST. 

Three months later, after a trip to the Chicago FCC office,
I had my General class license K9SSL.
From 1971 thru 1974 I held the call LU2EHQ while living in Argentina, 
K9SSL/KP4 while living in Puerto Rico from '74 thru '78, and K9SSL/YV4 while living in Venezuela from '79 thru '81.
My XYL & I then lived in Ohio from '81 thru 2006, and now in Lake County Florida 'til the present day.
I am active in the Lake Amateur Radio Association (LARA) Club in Leesburg, Florida, ARES, 
and currently am president of the QCWA Golden Triangle Chapter 173 in Leesburg.
I am active on HF, VHF/UHF, and DStar using an IC7600, an IC7100 and an ID880H.

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