More Novice Nostalgia

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My first Station

My first station consisted of a Heath DX60B trans-
mitter and an HR10B receiver.

Novice Success

This page shows my first 100 contacts as a novice ham. I actually made over 780 contacts before I upgraded from Novice to Advanced in early 1973. On 80 meters I worked 47 states, missing only Alaska, Hawaii, and Delaware. (I swore that there couldn't be ANY hams in Delaware!)

My Novice Antennas

I used an 80 meter dipole for the majority of my Novice QSOs. I later put up a 40 meter dipole, but I never cared much for 40 meters back then. 80 meters was definitely MY band. Later, I put up a 15 meter dipole above the house and started working some DX.

My First DX

It was way past 100 QSOs before I worked my first DX. With the help of Tom, WN9GSP, I put up a 15 meter dipole above my house and started working 15 meters. My first DX was with YV5CIT - Jacques in Caracas, Venezuela. What a thrill!

My First DX!




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My first 100 QSOs

Like many, I get very nostalgic thinking of those first days on the air as a ham radio operator. I was a Novice back in 1972. Armed with a Heathkit DX-60B transmitter and HR-10B receiver, I had a very enjoyable time. The memories of those first days on the air sure are vivid!

I thought it would be fun to list my first 100 contacts (QSOs). Who knows, maybe someone I worked will find their old callsign while doing a Google search and find my page.

If you see your old call or know something about any of the calls listed, it sure would be nice to hear from you! Let me know if you are still active on the air, what you are up to, what your present call is, etc. Perhaps you could share some of your memories from those days.

If you scroll down the page, you'll see that I've uploaded images of the QSL cards I received for many of those first 100 contacts. If you click on one of the images, it will open up to a larger, more readable image. It sure is fun to read the comments on the cards. It is also interesting to see what kind of equipment and antennas novices were using back then. And yes, you could mail a postcard for 6 cents back then. Those were the days!

So here they are - My first 100 QSOs!

Call 	Date	   Time  Mtr Md Freq  QSL Notes

WN8INZ	1972-03-04 18:55 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN9IYM	1972-03-04 19:33 80M CW 3.712	 
K9GVY	1972-03-04 20:25 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN8KPZ	1972-03-04 22:50 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8LVX	1972-03-04 23:05 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8HGG	1972-03-05 00:40 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8KKF	1972-03-05 01:05 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WA9YVC	1972-03-05 02:24 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9GAA	1972-03-05 03:03 80M CW 3.712	  Now WB9GAA - Green Bay, WI		 
W9IXF	1972-03-05 03:24 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8LTL	1972-03-05 05:25 80M CW 3.712	 
WB8HZM	1972-03-05 17:14 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
K8WFI	1972-03-05 18:10 80M CW 3.712	 
WA9GFR	1972-03-05 20:02 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9HPO	1972-03-05 21:04 80M CW 3.712	 
WA9QFL	1972-07-20 23:15 80M CW 3.712	  Now K9SE - Gurnee, IL
WN4ZNU	1972-07-20 23:48 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9JKP	1972-07-21 00:06 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8MZG	1972-07-21 02:35 80M CW 3.712	 
WB9DRE	1972-07-21 03:08 80M CW 3.712     Now K9HF - Madison, OH	 
WN4ZXQ	1972-07-21 04:20 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN8NBI	1972-07-21 05:23 80M CW 3.712     Now WB8NBI - Elkview, WV	 
WB8EYM	1972-07-21 06:40 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8LZN	1972-07-21 17:40 40M CW 7.177	 
WN8IOA	1972-07-21 21:00 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9JYG	1972-07-21 21:25 80M CW 3.712	 
WA8UPB	1972-07-21 23:12 80M CW 3.712     Now in Caledonia, MI	 
WN3ROZ	1972-07-21 23:55 80M CW 3.712     Now KD1MU - Brookline, MA	 
WN9JTN	1972-07-22 00:22 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8MOY	1972-07-22 00:54 80M CW 3.712 Yes Possibly N8FGD (SK) 
WN8JIB	1972-07-22 03:37 80M CW 3.712     Now WB8JIB - Yellow Spr, OH	 
WN9KMD	1972-07-22 04:25 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9JIM	1972-07-22 19:00 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8MJI	1972-07-22 21:10 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN9KIX	1972-07-22 21:44 80M CW 3.712 Yes Now W9TLT in Terre Haute, IN
WN8MFC	1972-07-22 23:00 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9JSO	1972-07-22 23:10 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9KGU	1972-07-22 23:42 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8KUK	1972-07-23 20:25 80M CW 3.712 Yes	
WN0HWN	1972-07-23 00:40 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN9JEX	1972-07-23 02:35 80M CW 3.712	 
WA3PKC	1972-07-23 02:54 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9IWS	1972-07-23 06:06 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN8JYV	1972-07-23 17:11 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8NBT	1972-07-23 17:20 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN9JHP	1972-07-23 18:05 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN8KUK	1972-07-23 20:13 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8MRH	1972-07-24 03:00 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
VE3FXI	1972-07-24 03:30 80M CW 3.712	 
WN4ZMK	1972-07-24 04:42 80M CW 3.712
WN8MJI	1972-07-24 05:56 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN9JTK	1972-07-24 20:52 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN9JKQ	1972-07-24 22:02 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WN8JAN	1972-07-25 01:24 80M CW 3.712	 
K8VWT	1972-07-25 01:35 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8LVR	1972-07-25 03:10 80M CW 3.712 Yes Possibly KO8J now	 
VE3EBJ	1972-07-26 01:04 80M CW 3.712	 
WA9IVI	1972-07-26 19:15 80M CW 3.712	 
WN9HPK	1972-07-26 19:55 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
W8MQT	1972-07-26 21:27 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8MHE	1972-07-26 21:44 80M CW 3.712	 
WA8MLF	1972-07-27 00:43 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WB4EOR	1972-07-27 02:00 80M CW 3.712	 
WN5FLQ	1972-07-27 02:25 80M CW 3.712 Yes Now WB5FLQ - Ft. Worth, TX	 
WN8KQX	1972-07-27 04:35 80M CW 3.712 Yes	 
WB8IJI	1972-07-27 17:55 80M CW 3.712	 
WN2GSG	1972-07-27 23:55 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8MLY	1972-07-28 00:30 80M CW 3.712	 
WN2GOK	1972-07-28 04:07 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8JZN	1972-07-28 07:06 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8NDX	1972-07-28 07:25 80M CW 3.712	 
WN8LEM	1972-07-29 05:12 80M CW 3.712	 
WA4KRE	1972-07-29 05:35 80M CW 3.712	 
WN2TTV	1972-07-29 07:10 80M CW 3.715 Yes	 
WN9HVM	1972-07-29 20:55 80M CW 3.732 Yes	 	 
WN9KNY	1972-07-29 22:38 80M CW 3.732	 
WN4ZFM	1972-07-29 23:26 80M CW 3.743	 
WN0FAJ	1972-07-30 01:36 80M CW 3.743	 
WN2FBR	1972-07-30 02:10 80M CW 3.743	 
WN4API	1972-07-30 02:34 80M CW 3.743	 
WN1PZQ	1972-07-30 02:59 80M CW 3.743	 
WN8LYT	1972-07-30 03:30 80M CW 3.743	 
WB0DJM	1972-07-30 04:18 80M CW 3.732 Yes	 
WN4ZSZ	1972-07-30 05:05 80M CW 3.715	 
WB4NMO	1972-07-30 06:25 80M CW 3.743	 
K9EUV	1972-07-30 17:00 80M CW 3.732	 
WB9CJB	1972-07-31 00:33 80M CW 3.715	 
WN2GAX	1972-07-31 01:47 80M CW 3.743	 
WN9IRX	1972-07-31 03:29 80M CW 3.715 Yes	 
WN9KMA	1972-07-31 03:54 80M CW 3.732 Yes Now WB9KMA	 
WN8MIP	1972-07-31 05:40 80M CW 3.743	 
WB9ELU	1972-07-31 17:01 80M CW 3.732	 
WN9JXT	1972-07-31 22:22 80M CW 3.743 Yes Now WB9JXT - Westby, WI	 
WB9GVG	1972-08-01 00:00 80M CW 3.743	 
WA3RLC	1972-08-01 00:47 80M CW 3.732 Yes	 
WB4SYS	1972-08-01 01:56 80M CW 3.743	 
WA1NGH	1972-08-01 03:02 80M CW 3.743 Yes	 
WA2DMK	1972-08-01 04:10 80M CW 3.743	 
WA8JQV	1972-08-01 04:15 80M CW 3.743	 
WN4ZQN	1972-08-01 05:06 80M CW 3.743 Yes