I was first licensed on January 3, 1989 at the age of 37. I probably like most of us was involved with CB radio. I ventured that when stationed in the Air Force and stationed on the Island of Guam in 1972. So for the next 17 years was very active with that form of communication. It was in November of 1988 I was invited to the local Ham Radio Club and signed up for a class to receive my Novice license. The instructor and later my Elmer, Scott Lawrence, at the time AA4LY and changed his call to K4SL when the vanity license program started. Scott was at the time a very avid County Hunter and got me interested in it, but having only my Novice & Technician License I could only work 10 meters. I struggled with receiving Morse code and never became proficient above 5 wpm, so County Hunting was put on the back shelf until I was able to upgrade to General Class in March of 2002 when the FCC changed the Morse code requirements. I immediately began County Hunting and completed contacting all 3067 US Counties on August 15, 2005, and again one day after my birthday, November 14, 2011. I am working on my third time but have not been very active due to some work commitments, but will hopefully soon retire and start up once again.
September 19, 2017