I became interested in ham radio at the age of 13 while visiting my
grandparents one summer and the kid next door was a novice. That got
A few months later I got my novice while in Jr. High, 1957. In those days you had 1 year to upgrade or it was all over. I got the 13 wpm General late in 1957 and remained a general until passing the extra exam in 2002.
Over the years, I have been on and off in activity, raising a family, etc., mostly CW and low power. I ventured into QRP after a QSO with a fellow in Salt Lake City running one of those 250mw rigs. Currently, I run mainly LP or HP from home, but take the Ten Tec Argonaut camping frequently. With the sun spot cycle improving DX and higher band openings are exciting.
73 Van, W7IEX