John Cunningham W1AI. Johns interest in Amateur Radio began around 1970, back when he was in High School (and as he says still had hair). His first call sign was a Novice call, WN4EKG. He started on his Worked All States (WAS) Award on HF CW! When he upgraded to Advanced a little while later, his call sign changed to WA4EKG. Since his call sign had changed, he had to start over again, this time using a mixture of CW and SSB. A couple of years later he was doing well over 20 words per minute and got his Extra. He couldn't resist applying for a shorter call. He got KC4J (Kiss Chickens 4 Jollies) and stared over again on his WAS. Then life's priorities interrupted — college, jobs, marriage, babies. He did the unthinkable. He let my 2x1 ticket expire! In June of 2002, He was out jogging in the park and ran across a local ham club doing Field Day. (John says he always loved Field Day — and the amazing taste of grits and eggs cooked in bacon grease after operating all night!) They let him operate their GOTA (Get On The Air) station for a couple of hours, and he was hooked — again! Three weeks later he passed all 4 exams in one session! He kept his fourth call sign, AB1BK, for only a few weeks before getting his fifth and final call sign — W1AI. He says - I won't let this one expire! John is the publisher and author of Ham Test OnLine.
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