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Bill Weinhardt W9PPG
Dale Bredon W6BGK 
Bob McDonald W4DYF
Charlie Curle AD4F
Jim Franklin K4TMJ 
Elmer Harger N7EL
Byron Engen W4EBA
Hank Greeb N8XX
Gene Gertler, AD2I
Richard Schachter W6HII
Dick Bender W3SYY
Tom Webb W4YOK 
Ron D' Eau Claire AC7AC
Ron Baker WA6AZN
Sam Whitley K5SW 
Gary Borri K9DBR
Steve Jensen W6RHM
Jim Leighty W6UJX
Dan Girand W5ARB
Dan Bathker K6BLG
Bill Bell KN2CZZ 
George Marko K2DWL  
Kenny Cassidy WN2WNC
Rick Faust N2RF
Fred Jensen K6DGW
Alvin Burgland W6WJ
Paul Signorelli W0RW
Jim Brown W5ZIT
Bob Rolfness W7AVK
Paul Danzer N1II
Charlie Lofgren W6JJZ
Joe Montgomery W1DWJ
Dick Dabney K6BZZ
Ray Cadmus W0PFO
John Johnston W3BE
Dan Smith K6PRK
Dick Zalewski W7ZR
Bob Brown W4YFJ
L.B. Cebik W4RNL (sk) 
Carl Yaffey K8NU 
Gary Liljegren W4GAL 
 Paul Johnston W9PJ
Jack Burks K4CNW
Al Cammarata W3AWU
Gene Schonrock W6EAJ
Dave Germeyer W3BJG 
David Quagiana K2MTW
Dan Schobert W9MFG
Jack Schmidling K9ACT
Dan Marks ex-K6IQF
Matt Wheaton W1EMM 
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1991 - 2000

Bob McDonald, W4DYF
(formerly WN0DYF, 1951)

I took my novice examination at the FCC Office in the Federal Building in St. Paul, MN shortly after the its introduction July 1, 1951. Several weeks later, I received my Novice permit with the call sign WN0DYF. Based on your article indicating WN0DVX as the first for the zero call district, mine must have been issued around the same time or very shortly afterwards.

I was never listed in the Callbook as a Novice because in the early fall of 1951 I attempted to pass the General Class examination. Failing the code exam, I took the written examination and was issued a Technician Class license co-existing with my Novice permit. Because of this, the fall and later editions of the Callbook never carried me as a Novice and showed my call sign as W0DYF. After failing the code examinations a couple more times, I obtained my General Class license in early 1952. Interestingly, when I obtained my upgrade (as it is called now), the RI stamped my Novice permit cancelled and endorsed my Technician License on the spot to General Class allowing me full privileges immediately.

I retained the W0DYF call sign until relocation to California when my call sign was involuntarily changed to WB6JSS in 1964. I subsequently upgraded to Advance in 1969 a year after it was reintroduced. Later, I applied for and received the call sign KE6VB in 1982.

I upgraded to Extra in 1986 and was immediately recruited as a VE with the San Diego Amateur Radio Council (SANDARC) VEC. Over the years I have also been certified by the W5YI VEC and the ARRL VEC with whom I currently serve as a VE.

After relocating to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 1998 and considering that I would never return to the West Coast I applied for, and received my present call sign through the vanity call program.

I currently operate an elderly YAESU FT-757GX that I bought new in 1986 usually on 30 meters. My primary interest is CW ragchewing.