Wow, looking back at my first station compared to today is mind boggling. My first station consisted of a Knight T150a transmitter and an Allied 2516 receiver all tied into a homebrew dipole in the attic. Selectivity was horrible on the receiver, yet I managed to make contacts all over the world on cw (which still is my favorite mode of communication). I upgraded to General a year later and received the call of WB9VMR which is the call I kept for many years. Not to long ago I thought I should try and get my old call back, through the vanity callsign system.. I was pleasantly surprised when the new (old) callsign was in my mailbox. I am very proud of my call and I am happy to have it back. Today I am active on hf and vhf and still enjoy the hobby as much as I did as a teenager.