No, I'm not an accountant. I am the Grandson of the original W8WAJ (SK 1959). His was the first Amateur Radio station I ever saw. It took me a lifetime of interest, but I finally got a Novice license in 1979. Before the end of that same year, I upgraded to General. I kept the old call KA8EYW until I had more on-air experience. In 1983, I applied for a new call to reflect my General Class license. N8CPA was the result of that application, sequentially assigned just as God intended callsigns to be (hee hee). I knew the moment I opened the envelope, that the call was a keeper. It remains my on-air identity, the very core of my RF soul. I will not change it.
I am an ARRL member because I believe that amateurs need a capable liaison with regulators to ensure the survival of amateur radio.
I am a FISTS member (#2904)because I see CW as the equivalent of knowing how to light a match when electricity fails. It is, of all modes, the closest to natural RF. The ancient Romans had an addage, "You can drive out nature with a fork, but she'll come running back." In other words, the further man separates himself from nature, the farther he falls when technology fails. CW remains the natural baseline of radio communication. And the most natural interface between man and radio is still his ear.
Look for me mostly in CW subbands, or on RTTY. I sometimes use PACTOR. I also enjoy competitive events and public service, ARES, Field Day, Sweepstakes, QSO parties, etc. Who knows, you might even find me on SSB, or VHF FM.
73 Steve [Remember: Pounding Brass Still Kicks .- ... ...]
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