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My ham radio life started back in 1974.  I had a couple of mentors, (Jeff W7CTX (now W7ID) and Larry W7ZRQ) who helped me get ready for my Novice test.  When test day arrived, I sat across the table from Jeff who would be sending a few minutes of the Morse code test.  Even though I only had to pass a 5 WPM test, he said, "Let's start at 13, just to see how you do."  Well, my practice paid off because I nearly passed the 13WPM test, and was solid at 5.  Then came the written test of 20 questions. I'm not sure how many I missed, if any, but I passed nonetheless.

It was a long wait, probably 6 weeks or so before I got my Novice call of WN7YXZ.  Well, that suffix was very long to send in CW, but also gave me practice on some not so common characters. 

My first receiver was a borrowed National HRO and a crystal controlled Knight T-50 transmitter.  I think I had 2 crystals on 80m and spent many evenings calling CQ, then scanning up and down the band to see if anyone was answering my calls.

After receiving my Novice ticket, I started my studies toward getting a General class license.  I also studied the material for the advanced class test and figured that I'd take both of them and at least end up with the general if all went well. This time around, the tests were given by an FCC examiner who came to Boise, ID every 3 or 6 months.  I passed the code test, then took the general and then the advanced test.  It was another 4-6 weeks to get the results.  Well, I was very happy to have passed both my general and advanced tests and was assigned the call of WA7YXZ.  Well, not any shorter on CW, but I could use my voice now to communicate.

I saved a bunch of money and purchased a new Heathkit HW-101 and used that for a number of years.  Great radio and fun to build.  It was nice operating a radio where I did not have to manually flip the antenna relay switch prior to sending CW.

During this time I was increasing my CW skills and also studying for my Amateur Extra license.  It required sending and receiving Morse code at 20 WPM and taking a much harder written test.  I don't remember the exact time when I took the exam, but I passed it on my first go around.  I decided to keep my existing call because the new 2x1 calls were being handed out and they just sounded too strange to me, so stuck with what I had.  After a few months I thought, what the heck...I'm going to get a new call, so dropped my application in the mail and a few weeks later ended up with my current call of KK7A.  I was delighted when it arrived and love the call on CW.

Over the years I have owned many various HF rigs.  Some that come to mind are the Heathkit HW-101, HW-8, Kenwood TS-820, 830, 850, 940, Collins S line and KWM2A, Icom IC-720, IC-765, Yaesu FT-847, Flex 1500 and currently the happy owner of an Elecraft K3s.

Antennas haved ranged anywhere from an 80m dipole during my novice days to a 58 foot tower with a 2 element 20-10m quad and dipoles for the lower bands. Then it was onto a 48 foot tower with a HyGain TH-5MK2 yagi and a KLM-40m-1 rotatable dipole. My current antennas are "in the attic" 20, 15 and 10m dipoles.

I love contesting and have had the opportunity of operating the super contest station over at NK7U in Baker City.  I am also a member of the Snake River Remote Contest Club where we operate the NK7U hardware remotely using the callsign of K7JR. Many thanks to Joe Rudi for making this all happen!

You'll find me on many different modes, mainly CW, but also some SSB and various digital modes such as FT-8, JT-9, JT-65, PSK-31 and RTTY.

See you on the bands!


73, Jim - KK7A


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