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 worked Steve (Jensen, WN6RHM, his story on this website) on 80 CW I had only been licensed a short time. Steve's dad (W6VGQ) was quite technical; so I suspect that's why Steve's dad made sure that Steve built his station himself. As a result, Steve grew up to be a well respected engineer with his own consulting business. My dad and mom owned a successful cesspool pumping business. So, they bought me my first ham equipment. When I talked with Steve I was using an Elmac A54H transmitter that was one of the early HF mobile rigs that I used at home. My receiver was a Hallicrafters S-20R. In the short time that we were Novices we talked frequently on CW. The Novice bands were lots of fun and I don't think we could ever have had a better time if we had been on phone instead of CW. We met soon after our contact and eventually went to the same college, UCLA. Oh, I grew up to be an engineer too (but maybe not so famous). ...Jim, W6UJX
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