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I learned CW at the Fleet Air Wing Eleven Radio School, Jacksonville Naval Air Station in 1957. My radio shack turned out to be a P2V-7 Neptune Patrol Aircraft. My transmitter was an ART-13 with big hand sized tuning controls and an ARR-15 receiver. We had a dipole strung from the top of the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage just behind the cockpit for the higher HF freqs and a motorized trailing wire antenna that came out the bottom of the aircraft midsection for the lower HF bands. Boy! You sure better have it cranked in before landing. Trying to send good readable CW while bouncing around in rough weather was a challenge. I got pretty fair at it though. I got my first Call (WA5EOD) in 1964 and then got away from Ham radio for few years; getting licensed anew in Oct 2007 (KE5RAC). Primary Rig is IC-7600, IC PW-1 Solid State Amp and Dipole antennas for 80/40/20. I am QCWA Life Member #34181 also Life Member of ARRL. .Fists 14719. In the photo, my assistant station engineer, Buster.

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