September 1960, as a senior in High School, I received my first Ham Radio license. It was a Novice license. We had a small portion on the 80, 40, and 15 meter CW bands and we were allowed to use AM on the 2 meter band. The maximum input power we were allowed was 75 watts (with CW that is enough to do a lot of DXing.).
The license was good for 1 year, not renewable and anyone who had ever held a novice license was not able to get another. There was real incentive to upgrade in that year. My upgrade was to a Conditional class which was the same as a General class but you had to meet certain qualifications, mine was the distance I lived from the FCC office. The tests were sent by mail to a proctor who held an A class (now same as Advanced Class) or above. W6CC held a General Class license so he could proctor my novice class test but for the conditional class I had to go to Deliven and have Vern W6CGJ, who had an A class license, proctor the test.
W6CC started his ham activities before licenses were issued thus his first station used a spark gap transmitter and he used the call 6CC. W6CGJ was a retired farmer. My CW teacher was K6KRL a retired railroad telegrapher who started his career in the 1880s. Another big influence was K6BJV.
I have since gone on to get my Extra Class license.
I love ham radio and it has been a continuous part of my life sense 1960. My first call was WV6OHP which changed to WA6OHP when I upgraded from Novice to Conditional class.
It is now my intent to use this page of my blog to share with others some of my knowledge, experiences, and joys that over 50 years of radio experience has given me.