I received the license WN5EEY in 1969 or 1970, I'm not sure which. However, I do remember what fun those first contacts were (and still continue to be!) First station I ever saw was in a two-way radio repair shop off West Main St. in Ada. The venerable SB-301 and 401 rcvr and xmtr were quite a pair! Talked to some hams 3rd party from this station. The two guys that ran the shop put on a Novice licensing class, and me and a couple of buddies tapped our pencils during classes to practice the code. Not during tests, however!
First radio: Heathkit DX-60B (crystals for 40 and 80m novice bands only) and HR-10B. Acquired from Jimmy Kingery (ex-ham??) for 50, or 75. it seems like. Mowed a lot of lawns for that setup! He was determined to get his pilot's license as I recall, and needed the money for lessons. A great deal for both of us! Got General class after about a year of operating as a Novice, and the call changed to WB5EEY.
Back in those days, as a teenager, I had a great deal of fun operating in CW and phone section nets, moved on to region as liason to section nets, and even took a few stints checking into area nets. Took on Oklahoma Slow Speed Net, OLZ, to handle incoming traffic at the end of the evening cycle. Was fun to be net manager, put out a newsletter, kept honing the CW head copying skills, Joined Army MARS (AF5EEY) and took electronics courses by mail as our high school didn't have any classes like them. What a great opportunity for growth and "testing the waters"!
Requested the call N5PT (my 3rd choice, I think), when FCC opened up the 1x2 block of calls to Extra class licensees on a first come, first served basis! I chose from the N block because I didn't want to appear to be an O.F! Imagine that in today's mishmash of callsign mania, where the call area doesn't even mean anything any more!
Didn't operate as much throughout the late 70s and through the 80s with marriage, kids, (yes, in that order), career, and so forth. You've seen this scene repeat many times, I know! Got back into it in about '88 or '89 as the sunspot cycle "heated up". Now it is Full-Speed Ahead!
Always enjoyed building/playing with stuff I built. Sometimes it even works!
Now I enjoy: Teaching classes to aspiring hams and upgrades. I teach Tech, General, and Extra classes through the auspices of the FAA Aeronautical Center Amateur Radio Club W5PAA. We have recorded and placed the Tech. and General classes up on the internet (go to w5paa.org for info). Also, enjoy digital modes, dxing, 50 MHZ (200+ grids in VUCC), emergency preparedness, mobile operating, antenna experimentation, and most importantly, CW! SKCC # 7388, Contact and schedule through K3UK SKCC Sched page!
Current equipment: Elecraft K3 SN2196, 100W PA, CW and gen coverage filters, etc. Antennas: Gap Challenger vertical for 80-10 mtrs, Mosley Classic-33 3el triband yagi at 50', M2 6M5 6 meter, 5 el yagi at 55', 80m doublet, balance fed with window line. Just put some 80 m coaxial traps together per VE6YP coaxtrap program (free!) and plan to put up and test before winter weather sets in!
Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org for schedules, classes, ideas...
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