Licensed as a novice WN7AEB in 1962. My test was administered by Sgt. Bowen who ran the MARS station, while I was in the Air Force and stationed at Stead AFB, about five miles north of Reno, NV. Got married in 1963 and let my license expire that year. Novice licenses were good for one year and not renewable. Finally got around to getting my Conditional (General by mail) in 1969. My test was administered by Art Sowle, W7CX(sk). His office was next to the police dispatch room. Art was the 'captain' of the City of Reno Communications Department. The code test was administered from a reel to reel recording. Art used standard text, with the letters intermixed with numbers, ie. 'work' was 'wo4rk'. (Think that's an available call now) I sweat bullets taking the test, 'knowing' I'd blown it. He picked up the paper looked it over and said, "Good!...you passed." Suppressing the strongest urge to jump up and strangle him, he handed me the written. Four months later I got an envelope from a QSL card manufacturer. I saw 'WA7LNT' above my name. A few seconds later it registered. I think I touched the sidewalk three (maybe four) times from the mailbox to the front door. My license arrived about a week later.
I moved to California in 1973 and had to change my area designator. I was issued WA6BOY. I didn't know whether I was cursed or blessed. I kept that call even after getting my Extra in 1988. I decided to go back to being a '7' in 2000 and was lucky enough to get W7AMX. Its got a great CW 'swing'.
I retired from broadcast engineering in October 2013 and moved from the San Francisco bay area to a small town outside of Auburn, CA, east of Sacramento. Enjoyed living close to my brother. As of mid 2016, I now live in Maine. I'm able to be close to my son, daughter in law and grandchildren. I've been helping my son with technical issues in two businesses he owns. After repeated flights from California it was decided best to make the move. Quite a change of course but I'm orginally from Pennsylvania, so the winter months are known.
Effective 2/7/2017 I was lucky enough to change my call to W1AMX. I think this will be the last change.
I like to build stuff, tube and solid state. I like crystal sets, and especially taking disimiliar metals and a high impedance earphone and cobbling up detectors for 'non-believers'. I've enjoyed the look on their face when they hear what comes from these contraptions!...hi!
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