Ham Radio started for me when I got two old telephone handsets which I connected together with a battery.
To increase the distance I used the barbed wire along a meadow and played 'secret agent' with some friends.
My first 'DX' at age ten.

I studied electronics and soon built my first transmitter for 27 MHz.
At a local dump I bought a BC-603 military receiver.  -->
The 11 meter band was very popular at that time and very illegal!
I owned many CB sets over the years.

It became serious when I got drafted for military service.
No problem with that. I liked the chalange.
I was assigned to the 107 RDCIE (Radio Company). See the army emblem in the header.
My first job was lines-man, connecting field telephones! Not exiting. Already done that when I was 10.
At my request I was assigned to the morse code training group.
After three months I passed the CW test. Then I worked for a year as a cw radio operator on a big truck. It was fun to work in the field with a dipole strung between trees.
Back in civilian life I passed the ham radio exam (1975).

First call sign PAØKFF, later PA1KV and currently PAØKV.

Me in the shack. (2009)

Article (pdf) about my hobby in a local newspaper (Dutch) (Leyebode nov. 2009) -->