My interest in radio communications began in the oilpatch! My grandfather was an producer/driller, to stay in contact with all their drilling rigs they would use radio-telephones. This would have been in the late 1940's to the mid 1950's. One time just to talk to a rig just a few miles away, he could not hear that rig, but a station in Venezuela could hear my grandfatherand the rig he was trying to contact, so that station in Venezuela relayed the messages to each party. I was born in 1952, so most of the earlier episodes were told to me later. My interest again was renewed in the Boy Scout programs, and Explorers where we learned Semaphore and Morse code although I never tested during those times. My interest again re-newed by Weather spotter friends, and the intoduction of No Code Technician license by the FCC. So, in 1993 I received my first license, and became a StormSpotter myself. After moving to Florida, and 25 years later, became a General License Operator, 4/30/2018, and have begun studying for Amateur Extra, hopefully passing it by years end.
November 22, 2018