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
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
Mobile/base rig is Icom IC-707 running 100 watts
into Hustler and K8CW top load resonators.
USA-CA (all 3076 counties in the US at the time)
Since my stroke, I have been inactive on the
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.