This day in History. 11/21/1970.

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  1. W3SY

    W3SY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fifty years ago today, I made my first QSOs as WN3PQM, Johnny Novice. Here’s the log. Notice back then we were encouraged to log all transmissions, even “NO CONTACT.” Looks like I stopped doing that when I got a decent antenna.

    Anybody still use paper logbooks? I’m glad I did. This all would be long gone if it were on a computer disk of some kind.

    Yeeeeaaahhh, sometimes the OLD way is the best way. Now get off my lawn, confounded whippersnappers.

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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Congrats on the milestone!! I'll get my "50 year" anniversary March 17, 2025...

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  3. KP4SX

    KP4SX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Am I in there? My 1st was also in November '70. My old logs have since gone the other way as I recently found out after thinking they were in safe storage.
     
  4. W3SY

    W3SY Ham Member QRZ Page

    That’s right around the corner, young feller.

    I’d celebrate on the air, but my antenna system suffered a slight mishap (long story) and my key is silent. But I’m not a silent key. Um... You know what I’m saying.
     
  5. W3SY

    W3SY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lemme look...
     
  6. NK7Z

    NK7Z Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    My first contact was in 1970, Summer as well... I have long ago lost my Novice logs... Wish I still had them...
     
  7. W3SY

    W3SY Ham Member QRZ Page

    YES!! Worked you in the 1971 Novice Roundup!

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  8. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Maybe I'm in there, too?

    My first QSO was in April 1965, on 40m CW.

    Still work CW every day if possible.

    I was there five years before you, but still used CW and did frequent the "Novice bands" even then, for fun.

    Something us oldies got to experience which the youngies won't: I worked a lot of CW ops who were WW2 CW ops in the Navy and Army. They all used bugs and most were really good at it. Almost all of them are "SK" now, but it was a great experience not just learning their style but hearing about their WW2 experiences...many were code ops on ships in the Pacific and stuff, and those stories will eventually fade to dust in the wind.

    I remember older ops (when I was a kid Novice), "Antenna is xyz doublet, voltage fed" and didn't even know what that meant, so I'd ask them: WAT IS VOLTAGE FED OM? and they'd tell me.

    Can't beat such experience.
     
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  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    WOW!! How totally cool is that!!! WN4SXX

    One of the coolest things I've ever seen posted here in the Zed :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  10. W3SY

    W3SY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Seems like yesterday, not almost FIFTY YEARS AGO!!!???
     
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