Please share with your fellow hams a story of your Novice year(s). The story should mainly focus on your Novice period. A story can be a photo or a few lines of text to a full blown story of several pages.
When I was 12 years old, my father told me about guys who built their own transmitters and receivers and could "talk" via morse code around the world. He told me that my grandfather had been a Continetial Code operator for Postal Telegraph and that as a lad that he delivered telegrams. He had some old book on electronics that he gave me and I began to read it.We built a crystal radio and I can remember laying in bed listening to it at night. I was hooked!
One day he came home with a Hallicrafters SX-100 receiver and I thought that I was the luckiest boy alive. My antenna was a piece of "Bell" wire strubng between 2 trees. I listened to CW in the Novice part of 40 meters and of course to Shortwave Broadcast. As I learned the code and became more proficient, somehow I wound up with a ARRL novice study guide. My Dad had a friend W5AJS, Bud Ports who gave me my Noice and I passed!!!
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