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I first became licensed as a novice in about 1971, getting the call sign, WN0FKJ. Back then the novice class license was taken through the mail and administered by a general class or higher amateur. You also had to receive and send cw perfect for one minute out of five. The novice class was only good for one year and then you had to upgrade. I let mine expire. Later on they made the novice class good for two years and it was renewable. I went back and took the test again in about 1976 and got the call sign WN0UCH. They gave the novice class the privilege to use a vfo. That was cool! They took away our N's and gave me the call WB0UCH.

 Well after all that, my wife, two children and I moved from West Central Missouri to Central Kansas, where my wife was from. I went to work in the oil fields of Kansas working on pulling units doing oil well service. I mostly worked on completion and work-over jobs. I later became an operator on a double drum rig.

 In all that excitement, I let my amateur license expire.

 Four years of living in Kansas and we decided to move back home to Garden City, MO. My interest in ham radio was revived and in 1992 I went before a VE team in Independence, MO and got my Tech plus license with the call sign N0UMP. The tech plus was a tech license with the five wpm certificate of completion.

Befor I moved into my new Man Cave.

 In 1993 I took my general class test with the 13wpm cw certification. In October of 1993 I took my advanced test and then in November of 1995 I took my amateur extra class test with the 20wpm certification.

Other life experiences:

 Finished high school in 1970. Worked as janitor at the grade school while in high school and later on I worked in a tv repair shop. I then worked with my father as an auto mechanic. I got married in 1972 to my very lovely and loving wife who still puts up with me and my noisy radios. In 1977 we moved to Kansas and in 1981 we move back to Missouri. In 1981 I went to work for Mission Plastics Inc in Kansas City where my father was working. I worked as a maintenance man. Mission Plastics moved to Grandview with its parent company Peterson Mfg and became Mission Plastics North. I retired from there in  2014, after 33 years.

My wife and I had a total of five children. We lost the oldest when he was 14. He was hit by an intoxicated driver.

Other hobbies:

 I have been a volunteer firefighter for most of my life and later on I was a licensed EMT. I let the EMT part drop but still do the firefighter thing.

 Well that’s enough of that. Hope to see everyone on the air or maybe at a hamfest. 73 es cul es God bless all.

On our way back in from a structure fire.

Coming back from stucture fire. A hard night's work.


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