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I got my Novice ticket in 1979 while in high school (Orrville, OH). My friend's dad (N8GNR) took us to a class at the Wayne Amateur Radio Club taught by a ham named Goose (W8AV). Shortly after that we also took the Tech/General test including the 13 wpm code test, but just missed passing. The teenage life quickly took over - sports, girls, college - then marriage, kids, career, etc - and I never got on the air. However the desire to be a ham never left.

Somehow (thanks Dad, AC8IB) I kept my Novice license and original call (KA8HDE) for 25 years, and then upgraded to Tech in 2004, but still no QSOs. Finally with my wife's encouragement, and a friend's (NØTYE) at work, I bought an HT and got on the air in August 2009 - exactly 30 yrs from the date my Novice ticket was issued.

My main rig is a Yaesu FT-897D with a G5RV over my house - nothing special, but I'm having a blast. I also built an Elecraft K1. I'm learning about chasing DX with the TCDXC, and the world of contesting with MWA.

Many have helped me get back into ham radio, but none more than the folks at the Minnesota Amateur Radio Technical Society (formerly MNQRP), one of the best clubs around. Make sure to check us out if you're in the area.

Pictured above is my daughter (Emily - KD0YZS) and me when she got her license a few years ago – 3 generations!

73 de chuck ka8hde

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