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My father was an electrical engineer and many of his friends were Hams back in Alabama. I guess I was sort of raised in a Ham Shack. We moved to St. Petersburg in 1950 and our next-door neighbor was a Ham and I started helping him with his antenna experimentation, kit building and he started Elmering me. My best friend's father was a Ham and we used to hang out in his shack. A few years ago I worked a Ham that lived in the very same house although the original ham had become a SK. Itwasin the early 1950'swhen I first took my Novice exam. I could send very well but couldn't copy the 5 WPM. We moved to Palm Harbor in 1958 and there were several Hams in my neighborhood. I took the Novice exam several times and still couldn't copy 5 WPM. In 1960, I joined the Navy and was around all kinds of communication operations including many MARS stations around the world and afloat. I took the Novice exam a number of times and still couldn't pass the 5 WPM. In 1975 I joined the Auburn University Radio Club but still could not copy 5 WPM. In 1979, I moved to Peachtree City and went to work for Delta. There was a ham on my crew and he was going to the FCC to upgrade to Advanced and asked me to ride along and take my Novice exam. Needless to say I couldn't pass the 5 WPM but while I was waiting on him to take his written, I mentioned to one of the people there that I had failed the 5 WPM but I had copied everything on the 13 WPM and most of the 20 WPM in my head while I was waiting on my friend. They asked if I would like to take the 13 or 20 WPM exam and I opted for the 13 WPM exam and made 100% and walked out with a General Class License (KA4MNS) after 27 years of failing the 5 WPM. I still can't copy 5 WPM to this day. NQ4I became my neighbor in 1982 and after one CW contest with him I went back to the FCC and passed the 20 WPM and Extra. Rick and I have been contesting together ever since. We organized the Dixie DX'ers about 1983. I'm still not much of an operator but I enjoy being around the action and watching the real operators. My wife is from Panama so I got WI4R/HP1 back in 1983. I've operated from Panama, Costa Rica, Guantanamo Bay (KG4TT), Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix and several Navy ships and stations. I w We have some beautiful property on a mountain in Panama and I'm planning on building a small place to stay when we go to visit. I will certainly have a small shack there too. I've been somewhat inactive on the HF bands for almost 20 years except for contesting M/M with the NQ4I crew. I recently put up a 60' tower with a 2-element, 5-band quad. Also have a Butternut HF6V, W9INN 40, 80, 160, 6M dipole, and inverted "L". I bought out a Ham friend and ordered a new Kenwood TS-590. During my absence I lost about 20,000 QSL cards in a basement flood. So I'm really starting over.

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