(formerly WN6UFW, 1966)
I received my novice license in Stockton California in 1964-1965. My call sign was WN6UFW. I was in my early teens at the time and went to weekly theory and code classes for a number of weeks. That took place at the Stockton Rod and Gun Club near Louis Park. I think we used some sort of punched tape that feed through a machine to practice code. High tech at the time. I remember sitting in class listening to code practice tapes. We then took the 5 wpm code test and the written test.
My first rig was a Heathkit DX-60 transmitter, later replaced with a Hallicrafters HT-32. I also used a Hallicrafters SX-140 receiver.
I went on to get my General Class (Conditional as it was then known) in 1969 or so. My call sign was WB6FJJ. That expired in 2007. I just passed my General exam and received the call sign KJ6MXD today. I hope to get my old call sign WB6FJJ back as a vanity call sign in a couple of weeks.
I’ve been in electronics my whole life, working with GTE, GE and Intel in various capacities.
Getting my amateur license as a kid has always been one of my most prized accomplishments.