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As a Boy Scout earning merit badges, I pursued a merit badge in Radio. One of the requirements was to learn Morse Code. It was fascinating and fun to learn. After achieving the badge I wondered how I might use my newly acquired skill.

I forget how but was introduced to ham radio. There was my answer. So in 1955, while still in high school, I became Novice Class WN5KKC. My first rig was a Heathkit AT-1 transmitter (crystal controlled of course) and a National NC-57 receiver. Six months after the Novice issuance, I passed the General Class and was awarded W5KKC. A Heathkit VFO was immediately added to the AT-1. Other rigs were added to the station as time went on.

Years went by, school etc, and my company transferred me to Nevada. In those days, the FCC required region specific call signs so I became W7GXD. I operated some. However, career, raising two boys, and other interests, I let the license expire. Oh well.

When I retired, my wife and I decided to motor home around the country. In 2002, we were attending a large RV rally that included seminars on various RVing subjects. One of the seminars was about ham radio, conducted by Gordon West. I was once a ham so why not attend that one. If anyone has ever attended a live performance by him, you know the enthusiasm and energy he brings. It turns out that there was VE testing that evening. Gordon loaned me his Technician Study Guide and said to come back in a couple of hours to take the test. So I did and passed the exam. He then laid the General Class Exam down in front of me and said to go for it. No review of a study guide this time. What do you know, I remembered almost everything on the exam and passed. I had to take the 5 wpm code test but that is something one never forgets. Suddenly, my license was back to where it was years ago. I became KD7QLM. I did not think much of that call but what the heck.

Two weeks later, after hours of study, I took the Extra Class exam and became AC7SK. "SK" Oh NO! Not yet. Two months after that I discovered that my old W5KKC call was available. I got it back as a vanity call.

Since I currently live in the Pacific NW, I really wanted a 7 call. DX stations sometimes state something like "US Region 7 Calls only" Some domestic stations would ask why I had a 5 call living in Washington State. So, I found that W7KKC was available and nabbed it as a Vanity call. So there I am, at least still have KKC which I treasure.

Long story, I know.

Current station is a Yaesu FT-2000 driving an Ameritron AL-82 into a Hex Beam at 50 ft., and a SteppIR Big IR vertical.  Ham Radio Deluxe controls the rig, logging, and other functions. Thanks to the design and hardware from LP Pan, I am also running a panadapter using SDR software NAP3.  Other equipment includes ICOM 706 MKIIG, and a Yaesu FT-7800 in the vehicle. There are a few HTs in the shack.

I like all modes of operating. I am struggling to get my code speed back up to where it once was. Digital is fascinating. DX is exciting.


Dave, W7KKC



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W7KKC
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dedateband mode grid Country op
HI3TEJ 2015-03-02 10m CW FK49pt Dominican Republic TED Jimenez
AB0S 2015-03-01 40m RTTY EM09wl United States TIM
K6TU 2015-03-01 40m RTTY CM87vk United States STU
W0IZ 2015-03-01 40m RTTY EM79vi United States IZ
N0NI 2015-03-01 40m RTTY EN21vv United States TONI
W1RH 2015-03-01 40m RTTY CM98ms United States BOB
N9LAH 2015-03-01 40m RTTY EN60bx United States PHIL
N6IE 2015-03-01 40m RTTY CM88pk United States RON
K4IU 2015-03-01 40m RTTY EN34ra United States FRED
W6YX 2015-03-01 40m RTTY CM87vk United States MIKE
K5PDX 2015-03-01 20m RTTY DM95cb United States RICH
W4PJW 2015-03-01 20m RTTY FM08jg United States JEFF
N1UZ 2015-03-01 20m RTTY FN42am United States BILL
AA0AW 2015-03-01 20m RTTY EN36vq United States DOUG
W0VTT 2015-03-01 20m RTTY EN33xx United States MIKE

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