Most Novices were younger kids in those days... and, the license at first was good only for one year, non renewable. It was a leap of faith to buy a more expensive rig in the hopes of getting a General or Conditional Class license. A Novice could upgrade to Technician, but then he lost all HF privileges. And Jim, one day I'll dig out my MicaMold transmitter whenever I have a chance to start restoration. It is one Rara Avis.