I was licensed as a Novice in 1961 and progressed to General then Advanced and finally Extra.
I grew up in a small town in New York and moved to New Mexico when I retired as a schoolteacher to be closer to my adult children and of course grandchildren.
I operate mostly CW but do some phone and digital modes and make the occasional satellite contact through one of the FM birds with a HT and homemade handheld antenna.
I have earned DXCC Phone, Digital and CW, but really just like to make contacts. Capturing signals right out of the air has intrigued me ever since I build my first crystal set when I was in the Boy Scouts.