“January 11, 1965, a breathless Novice wraps his fist around the key and bangs our his first call on 40 cw, the ink still wet where he signed the license that was waiting in the mailbox when he got home from school. A ham career was launched, and 50 years later to the day, the former WN9NSO, now the host of an award-winning, internationally renowned… OK, of THIS little TV show… celebrates by renewing a friendship with another former Novice, WN9LRI, who shared many contacts on two-meter AM in that first year.
So together, Rich Casey, now N5CSU, and I total 100 years of Ham Radio Experience as of today. OK, Rich beat me by a few months, and it’s been a competition ever since.
Join Rich and me for a nostalgia-fest as we take a look back at what Ham Radio looked like, to us at least, 50 years ago. -Gary KN4AQ (ex WN9NSO)