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I was first licensed as a Novice in January of 1976, as WN9TEW, Acctually, I took my Novice exam and passed it in November of 1975 but in those days, it took about 8 weeks for the license to be issued. In July of 1976,the FCC eliminated the "distinctive callsign status" and changed my call to WB9TEW. I upgraded to Tech that fall in Chicago at the Fedral Building. Yes, in those days you couldn't test locally except in rare occassions when the FCC would go to larger cities and set up a testing session. In December of 1977, I made the trip to Chicago again and upgraded to General Class, I was able to operate on the General bands as soon I reached home with the FCC Form 660-b in my hands but the License didn't come in the mail until March 14, 1978. July of 1978 was the date I passed the Advanced class test, again, in Chicago. The FCC 660-B in hand until August 15th when the License arrived in the mail. On January 23, 2000 I passed element 4b. I played the waiting game again,turning in my CSCE on April 15, 2000 ,May 6th, 2000, the update was listed under new hams on the QRZ page. The ticket finally arrived on May20th, 2000.

I helped found our local club, Area Amateur Radio Operators (AARO)in 1995. Since them we have have done several things to raise money for the club repeaters which are on the air. 145.490 - w/225.7 PL and 442.175 225.7 PL And acquired the call W9YPS for the club in honor of Frank Oberlander a silent key who was one of my elmers as well as many other hams in the area. AARO has acquired the call AA9RO and has replaced Franks call on our repeater, reserving his call for field day and special events.

I am currently the club treasurer,  and the Repeater trustee of AARO. Check out our Web Page at www.qsl.net/index/aa9ro  If you are in the area, give me a call on the "49er", I may just be around and answer.

73 Bill WA9BA

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