It was a last minute decision to attend the 100th Anniversary Convention of the American Radio Relay League. For those who do not know what ARRL is, it is the mother of HAM RADIO for the world!
Lets go back a few weeks when one of my good friends who I have not talked to in years got a hold of me to reconnect to see what I was up to these days. He has been a Ham Radio operator for decades and wanted me to attend “Field Day”, a world wide contest to see who can make the most ham radio contacts in 24 hours. I went to a location in Portland where his club was set up and was calling CQ to the world. The radio bug bit me as it did years ago, but this time it bit hard! With the convention coming up in a few weeks, what a better time to study to take the Technicians Test to become a licensed ham radio operator, as they were giving the test for free at the convention.
Well, to make a long story short, I studied hard for about 2 weeks, and passed a 35 question exam to my surprise. Forty eight hours later the FCC announced my new call sign. It is KC1CHW! I am now a official ham radio operator!
For now I will be clear on your final, that’s Kilo Charlie One Charlie Hotel Whiskey, 73’s!
Here is a picture of some of Volunteer Examiners (VE’s) who gave the Ham Radio exams of the Convention.