While in the Air Force in Spain, one of our Chaplains (licensed as an Extra and also licensed by the Spanish, not a reciprocal license, but a Spanish license) offered a Novice class. I stuck with it and passed the code requirement, but the only forms he had were outdated and the FCC returned it unprocessed. By this time he was in the midst of transferring out, so I wasn't able to get my license then.
After the FCC created the no code class, I was able to finally get licensed in April, 1991. I still wanted to get HF privileges and in June 1992, I was able to pass the 5wpm test. I passed the General written in April 1993, but could not get a grip on the 13wpm. With the change in the FCC rules, which minimized the code requirements, I was able to pass the Advanced and Extra tests, and now hold the Amateur Extra class license.
I am not very active on the radio these days. Too many other pursuits and not a good spot to mount the radio in the car!
Madison County IL SKYWARN
Lewis and Clark Radio Club, K9HAM, Godfrey IL
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