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Got my first license (Novice Class) in May 1964 as WN9LKD.  Spent a lot of time on the air that year, studied hard and got my General Class in April 1965.

While living in New Hampshire (mid 70s), I briefly held callsign WA1SBU.  But, on return to the "9" call area, I was able to get my old call back.  Having it for nearly 40 years now, I have no desire to change it for a shorter call.

Mobile/base rig is Icom IC-707 running 100 watts into Hustler and K8CW top load resonators.   I hold USA-CA (all 3076 counties in the US at the time) number 946.

Since my stroke, I have been inactive on the air.

Code has been eliminated as a requirments for a ham "ticket". I think is another "dumbing down" of Amateur Radio. At one time, it really MEANT something to get a ham ticket.  You needed to LEARN about radio.  Now about all it takes in memorization.

I did use 2M for a while until I lost my Yaesu HT. In the Fall of 2016, I picked up a Chinese HT.  Still have problems getting everything programmed. With my move to New Mexico, I joined the High Desert ARC.  This is a very friendly and action club.  Its members are mostly on the West side of the Rio Grande River. They have shown me digital modes.Now I just need to get an antenna in the air.



For 5 years, I served as Webmaster to SouthWest Iowa Amateur Radio Club. Dennis (and the club) presented me with a home made key as a momento.






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