My dad got a novice ticket shortly after I did and was licensed as WN4LIC (SK). He realized the futility of the AR-3 even after I had inserted another 455 IF stage and a better audio amplifier into the mix by using a Heathkit EK-2B educational kit's circuitry. It did'nt help that much, but the old Heath QF-1 Q-Multiplier sure did. Anyway, dad bought "us" a barand new Hallicrafters ham band only HQ-170AC. It was hot and I was in hog heaven. I could finally hear on 15 and started working DX. Later we put up a rotable dipole for 10 meters and had even more fun with DX and the venerable old Fish Net every evening on 29.000 Megacycles (aka MHz). Just a bunch of locals who enjoyed shooting the breeze in the evening. I was the youngest participant.
I've since held WA3RDU and at one time reacquired WA4HVC as a secondary station license. Later gave up RDU when the FCC said only one license permisable. In early 90's, upgraded to Amateur Extra and applied for 1x2 vanity when that program opened up and got W4GV.
It has been and still is fun! keep the stories rolling in. It's good to reminisce.
Walt - W4GV