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First licensed in 1989 as KC4NRD, in Kentucky, and have been almost-exclusively a CW op.

I passed my Novice and Tech exams a couple of weeks apart (although it took another month and a half to actually receive my Technician ticket). 18 months later, I did the same thing; passed my General and Advanced on successive sessions.

A move to Oklahoma prompted a systematic call change to KJ5KX, and shortly thereafter I became inactive. I half-heartedly kept up with address changes over the years, which kept my license from expiring, but completely lost touch with the hobby. Then, in December of 2006, my interest was inexplicably re-ignited. I do not even know what prompted it. I just woke up one morning and wondered what was going on in Ham Radio.

Wow, things had really changed! I learned, not only had they dropped the code requirement to 5wpm during my hiatus, but they'd grandfathered my license class! Just a few days after my reawakening came the sad news that the code requirement was going to be eliminated.

I passed my Extra exam on 2007-02-10 -- still under the code rules, which was important to me. I'd been an Advanced for 15 years. I officially became Amateur Extra Class on 2007-02-16, and W3HR on 2007-03-10. Not to disparage anyone who becomes a no-code Extra, but for me, the 5wpm requirement was better than none at all.

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