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Spring is when a young man’s fancy turns to Ham Radio. I was no exception in 1956 when I received my Novice License, WN7HYT. What an exciting time that was. I could hardly tap out my first CQ, my hands were shaking so much.


I had to take the day off from school and travel by ferry from Bremerton to Seattle in order to take my test at the FCC office. I got an A in Radio Shop for passing the test. I got another A when I passed the test for General a few months later. Then I was able to remove the “N” from my call to W7HYT.


Time went on and I joined the Navy. During those eight years in the Navy, I let my Ham License expire and lost the call sign W7HYT. In those days there was no way, after a years laps, to get the same call sign back. During those eight years, I did fly 1800 hours as a radio operator so my CW was well over 20 wpm. That made it easy to get my 20 wpm Extra about 30 years ago with the call KD7ZD.


Moving forward to about fifteen years ago my wife got her Technician License. She then applied for the Vanity Call W7HYT. Thus my old call was back on the air. Shortly after receiving the call, she got an envelope containing a QSL card I sent out as a Novice back in 1956. Can you imagine how precious that card is?


After 38 years working as a technician in Land Mobile Radio I decided not to make a career out of it so I retired. We moved to Myrtle Point, Oregon to be near my wife’s family.


The shack line up here in Myrtle Point is as follows:

Yaesu FT-991a

ZeroFive 33 foot vertical with a SG230 coupler

HP laptop computer.

FT-857d in the pickup as a mobile.

FT-817 for SOTA.

Several hand helds.

Other misc goodies as needed.


My Ham Radio interests tend toward digital modes. I’m active with FT-8 and other modes as the mood strikes. I’m a member of the Pacific Northwest VHF Society, NW Country Cousins, Oregon Emergency Net and the Straight Key Century Club. I'm in the process of upgrading my CW skills.




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