My first introduction to ham radio was via my first employer at about the age of 18 or so. Could not understand the attraction? - Except that most mornings he would be on the air talking to his relatives back in New Zealand. At that time we would hear him signing off as his signals interfered with the old fashioned 405 line TV - we knew then that he was on his way to work. i.e. All hands on deck.
And in those days for an apprentice that meant grab a broom and get the place cleaned up. It was many years later when I moved to Norwich and found several of my work fellows were into ham radio.
At the time I was interested in revising some basic electronic and radio theory, so I signed on in Norwich for a radio course. I remember with great trepidation taking the examination; not being a trade exam the result did not really matter, but I have to say I have never been so nervous about the outcome of an exam.
This was the basic pass for an Amateur Licence making me - G1OLF. Not long after with a lot of help from friends I passed the Morse test and became G0KZI. After many years I still suffer from being 'mike shy', i.e. drying up and having nothing to say on air.
Currently I am a member of the KINGS LYNN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB. We run THE GREAT EASTERN AMATEUR RADIO RALLY 2nd week in August each year. The Club meets at North Runcton Scout H.Q. every Thursday without fail 7-30 till..?Visit the Kings Lynn 'gossip Page'for some stale news of comings and goings... gossip shop