Bill Bell, KN2CZZ
In 1951 or 1952, there was a story in Boy's Life, a boy scout magazine, about a young man who built a radio and went on the air without a license, and was caught. That story intrigued me. I was hooked on two way radio.
I went out and picked up an ARRL license manual. I made an appointment for the novice test, in July of 1952. I thought that I was prepared for this test, but I failed the code test. I was very nervous. I had to wait for the next test to be given in Syracuse, in January 1953. The FCC only gave tests twice a year in Syracuse. Once in July and again in January.
I took the test in January of 1953. The novice ticket finally came after I waited 3 months, 2 weeks and a day. I still have the original license manual that I studied from. I also have the appointment notice from the FCC for the test. I also have my original novice license, and my first rig, a Hallicrafters SR-75. It is a 10 watt input crystal controlled CW transceiver. Having trouble with the rig, I soon gave up and went on to other things, at the young age of 15.
In the mid 70s, I had a re-interest in ham radio and got back into it with the call WB2MOP. In 1978, the FCC for a short time had a de-regulation in the call sign system. At the time, I requested my old novice call, KN2CZZ. I have been enjoying mostly 30 meters, since November, 1982, when we were given the band.
This hobby has been a joy for me for many years!
73s, Bill Bell