Ever since I was a young boy, I wanted to be a HAM radio operator. But honestly, I just didn't want it bad enough to learn the Morse Code. I waited for over 50 years. Then one evening some good friends of mine were visiting who are HAM operators. We started talking about it. In the conversation I learned that the code was no longer a requirement for getting a license. I also learned that there were only three license classes available, Technician, General, and Extra. Technician is the entry level class.

So, I ordered the ARRL Technician class license manual and began to study for the test. Within a couple weeks I was ready and the local club scheduled and administered the test to me. I passed. So, I ordered a Yaesu FT-7800 2 Meter/440mHz dual band transceiver, an antenna, a power supply, and I had my first HAM shack set up.

But I was very limited in what I could do on the air with the Technician Class license. I wanted to be able to make long distance contacts, world wide. It takes a General Class license to do that and HF (shortwave) equipment. So I ordered the ARRL General class license manual and began to study. Within a couple weeks, I was ready for the test. Once again, the local club scheduled and administered the test to me and I passed. So, within only a few weeks of getting my Technician class license, I had gotten my General class license. Of course, this meant more equipment. I ordered a Yaesu FT-450AT transceiver, a power supply, and a G5RV antenna.

Below is a picture of my HAM shack, actually just a desk in an upstairs bedroom. The equipment is, from left to right, an ICOM 718 transceiver with an LDG Z100Plus automatic antenna tuner, a Yaesu FT-450AT transceiver, and a Yaesu FT-7800 VHF/UHF transceiver. Not seen behind me is a Pyramid 12 power supply and an MFJ 25 amp power supply. I also have a Yaesu VX-150 handi-talkie. My HF antenna is a G5RV.