While in high school in the late 1950s, technology caught my interest. I became enamored enough to join the Navy hoping to get assigned to Radioman duty, but the Navy in their wisdom assigned me as an Electronic Technician instead.
While attending the ET school in San Francisco, I passed the FCC qualifications and received a First Class Radiotelephone Operator's license (today this is called a General Radiotelephone Certificate) with a Ship Radar endorsement. I still hold this license today -- I'd never want to take those tests again. Is there anyone else still around who knows about the Armstrong Phase-Shift Method for generating FM signals?
A decade later, after college and with a "real" job, I received my first (Novice Class) Amateur Radio license (WN6PVG), back when that took Morse Code. A year later I went down to the FCC to take my General and Advanced Class examinations and received first WB6PVG and later KC5JA. In the early 1990s I took the examinatins for Extra Class and received license AA3LS.
More to come later.
|Visiting Bletchley Park, home of the WW-II Allied codebreaking establishment|