I had been interested in ham radio since I started talking to Jim when he was stationed in Alaska. We soon met by mail. I worked in an office with Jim’s sister-in-law: he was on active duty in the Navy. We soon started making phone patches and a bit later talking direct from a friend’s house in Austin. We wrote and connected via radio for about a year before we met in person.
After having 3 kids and being pregnant with the fourth, I started taking classes. I was attending college and saw a notice that classes taught by the Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK) were starting, so I signed up unbeknownst to Jim. I took my novice test and got my license as WD5DCZ in1977 just before having our last child.
I have chased transmitters, talked on 2 meters and sideband, but my favorite activity was contesting. It was a lot of fun and I got to “meet” lots of great people. I love getting QSL cards. I lack about five states having my WAS.
I don’t get on the air much anymore because I spend most of my time sewing. Jim does call me into the shack once in a while to make a contact. I have lost my fist altogether. I am sad about that. I really liked Morse when I was doing it.