As a young man I was fascinated by hf radio waves early on. SWL from 1975 to 1997 and then a radio amateur course in the local club.
After obtaining my HAREC license (6 meters and up) in 1998 I took my CW exam in April 1999 and passed the first time (12 wpm) so I had the full license.
The first year at HF I only did Morse with the straight key. Then start practicing with the paddle, a Bencher; I now use a Schurr Profi 2.
At this moment I only do CW and Digi in low power and QRP, this on wire antennas for HF and Yagis for 6 and 4m bands.