I got my first license WN9LXZ in the early 70's. In 1976 I got my General license as WD9DNA. In 2006 after 30 years with my call, I decided to apply for the call of my Elmer from my high school days. His was the first amateur call I ever heard of. He taught me the code and gave me my Novice test. Out of respect for him now that he is a Silent Key I applied for his old call. A move in the past few years had taken me off air, but in 2005 got back into everything first using the CQ100 Internet program and Echolink. Then I got an Icom IC-746 connected to a slinky inverted vee in the attic (keeping the prying eyes of the home owners association from knowing I'm here). I've gotten back to my CW roots, and started a collection of keys (over 30 now).
June 07, 2015