posted on Oct, 2 2005 @ 07:10 PM
When I was fifteen living in Micronesia, I got a General (KC6UZ), which required Rules & Regulations, Theory, and 13 WPM in 1959 or 1960. There were
still people who used the old mnemonic alphabet, and sometimes I would hear "King Charlie Six Uncle Zebra", rather than "Kilo Charlie Six Uniform
There was only one FCC examiner in all of what was then the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and he was my Dad. He wanted to make absolutely
sure that no one could say he'd cut me any slack, so he made me send and receive at 21 WPM rather than the 13 that was the requirement.
Back then, of course, there were no satellite communications, no cell phones, and no international long distance to the remote parts of the Pacific;
so MARS and AREC were important things for ham operators to do. Nowadays, it doesn't seem to be a big thing any more, and from what I hear, ham radio
isn't all tha popular.
By the way, my old Dad had his Ham ticket for seventy straight years; he got it when he was fifteen in 1921 and kept it until he died in 1992.