OK I’ll start whilst I am here. WK6I, Extra class, first licensed 1994. A few times a year you’ll hear me in RTTY contests from Nevada as W7RN. Very rarely you might hear a club call that I trustee, WI6NE.
For me the journey started with the launch of Sputnik 1 and my maternal grandfather. He had his shack in a tower turret, yes a round feature attached to a corner, and part of, the main two story house; not a later addition, but part of it’s original construction. It rose above the roof line of the main house and his shack occupied the top. We listened to its’ beeps.
He was on the air prior to the existence of the FCC, when it was the FRC, and operated a spark-gap rig. While I never physically saw that one, he did have pictures, and tails, about and of it. He was later licensed as W9NJ with the advent of the FCC.
But it was in '57 the bug bit and it seemed I’d have a lifelong involvement with electronics. In the later 60’s, I operated with his call, and under his direct supervision, with that call. It wasn’t until I later when I moved from Indianapolis to San Diego I was first licensed, ca. '80’s as KE6MTR, 5 wpm tech, after I got associated with a group that was active in T-hunts, and later acquired the vanity call of NJ9W when I advanced to extra, as his call was already claimed…
Why do I post this on a wine site? I have no idea, but I’ll blame it on el Jefe
@rjquillin lol KE6MTR is a great call if your favorite band is 50MHz (which I am operating on right now). I got the bug in 7th or 8th grade in an after school electronics class, but didn’t get my license until years later when my kids were old enough that I could contemplate having a hobby, and a work friend convinced me to get around to it.