Our Stories
 Charles Ahlgren WB6IYM
 Jonathan Kramer W6JLK
 Ronald Erickson K0IC
 Jeff Angus WA6FWI 
 Rob Atkinson K5UJ 
 Steve Ewald WV1X
 Rick Andersen KE3IJ
 Dennis Drew W7RVR
 Greg Harris WB9MII 
 David Collingham K3LP
Tim Madden KI4TG
 Cliff Cheng, AC6C
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Rob Atkinson, K5UJ
(Formerly WN9UTC, 1972)

I must be the only former novice who remembers that his year as a novice stank.  I didn't know what I was doing, my antenna sucked, Xtal control, 15 watts cw....I couldn't wait to upgrade so I could use a VFO.  I can't believe any ham really thinks those days were his best in the hobby--that must be why so many hams are inactive now.  My best days as a ham are right now because I can afford halfway decent gear and antennas.   If  I need to find out about anything the internet and Google is right there.  In 1972 I was like a blind, deaf guy feeling around in the dark.

 I had to pay for all my equipment with money from a paper route.  My parents took me to hamfests though.  At one I actually won something, a 3 year subscription to Ham Radio Magazine, which turned out to be the most boring ham magazine ever published--it was like an IEEE Transaction journal.   I know some guys had a good time-- they had 15 meter beams and gear like the Drake novice twins but that was stuff I only dreamt about.   My first qso was exciting while it lasted which was I think, around two minutes.