It was about 5 years later before I got busy to study and get my License. 1961 I had an old Hallicrafter Sky Buddy for a receiver and someone loaned me a DX 40 xmtr. My first contact on cw was in Berkeley Ca. with a Ham probably only a couple miles away. That was my only contact on CW, I had been doing mostly CW in the Navy for 3 years and just wanted to talk, so when I got my General license a few months later WB6AGR, I went to AM voice. The DX 40 would do AM but in a short time I got a Gonset G77 transmitter and a Gonset Converter that would convert my car radio to the Ham Bands, I have done mostly Mobile since then, although I have had base stations.
I have acquired another DX 40 and a Heathkit AR-3 that I plan to get set up for strait key night. I also have a Hallicrafter S-38E.