MY FIRST RADIO AS A NOVICE N9XC

MY FIRST RADIO WAS A DRAKE 2NT CRYSTAL CONTROLED 75 WATT TRANSMITER. THE RECEIVER WAS A RADIO SHACK DT 160. I HAD 2 CRYSTALS 1 FOR 80 METERS 3900 , THE OTHER WAS 1 FOR 40 METERS 7250 I HAD AN OLD SINGLE PADDLE NAVY CODE KEY. ABOUT 6 MONTH AFTER I GOT ON THE AIR THE FCC CHANGED THE RULES AND WE WERE ALLOWED TO HAVE A VFO. I FOUND ONE AT GRAHAM ELECTRONICS IN INDY. IT WAS AN EICO. I ATTACHED IT TO THE DRAKE WITH TELEVISON WIRE PLUGGED IN TO THE CRYSTAL SOCKET.I MADE 3970 CONTACTS. AND GOT MY WAS (WORKED ALL STATES) AWARD. I HAVE BEEN LICENSED SINCE 1972. HAVE MADE COUNTLESS FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD. I WOULD NOT TRADE KY HOBBIE FOR ANY THING.