(formerly KN1IVR, 1957; W8IUS, K8BG)
I was licensed in about 1957 with a novice class and slowly worked my way up to Extra. When I wrote that note I was a sophomore in high school and was using a DX35 (about 50 watts cw with the capability of AM phone) on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. I was running traffic on the NTS and became one of the linking stations between CN (I think that's what the Connecticut section net was called) and 1RN. I remember getting a message from the CN manager assigning me some of the late sessions of 1RN and CN and I sent him a message back that I couldn't do it, and he said stations HAD to to what the manager assigned or he couldn't get the slots covered. So I wrote him back and said that my parents wouldn't let me stay up past 9:30 on school nights so I couldn't make the late net meetings. I loved both ham radio and traffic from the late 50s when I was licensed and was active until about the mid 90s. Some of those years I lived in Hawaii (WH6I) and was lucky that the managers of the building where I lived permitted me to put up a short mast and a triband HF beam and VHF and UHF satellite beams on the elevator housings on the roof of our 12 story building. That put the antennas about 120 feet above the street. With high quality coax and running about 100 watts I had no interference problems and was active in traffic, satellites, and HF contests. When I moved back to the mainland around 2000 I have up ham radio completely.
Thanks again for the note and for bringing back some fond memories.
ALOHA and 73,