Kim M. Bottles, K7IM

CWops# 3516, from Bainbridge Island , WA , USA.---->View on Google maps

First ham license was my Novice call in mid-1964: WN6LNT.

I was active on CW for the Novice year, but when I first took the general class exam at the FCC Office in downtown Los Angeles I easily passed the CW portion, but failed the theory portion. Then my Novice license expired. I studied up and returned to successfully pass the general exam a year or so later and became WB6ZGL.

When my younger brother Scott (N6SB) passed the Extra exam, that forced my hand, so I studied the theory carefully (my code speed was already good at 20+ wpm) and passed the Extra exam in the mid 1970’s. I then became N6UT which I picked to be a good CW call. (My pal Pete Hoover W6ZH (SK) often called me “nutty” because of that call.)

When we moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1977 I saw that K7IM had never been issued, so I grabbed it. (Kim is my given middle name which I have always used, I have never used Michael my legal first name.)

CW has always been my favorite mode. Years ago I sat down and figured out how to write down each letter as efficiently as possible (for example I do “e” as a backwards three in one stroke) I print my CW copy as I have never used cursive.

I am dyslectic so I never even attempted to learned to copy in my head so I was limited to 20-23 wpm putting all copy down on paper. I enjoyed listening in on the bands and “reading the mail” in CW. I listened far more than I actually sent

Then with the encouragement of some of my local ham pals I took the CWA Advanced class last month and with an excellent instructor Hanz YL3JD I managed to increase my code speed to the point where I was making progress on head copy and I easily passed the final assessment test.

I hope to increase my speed with more practice. I am doing words now at 28-30 wpm with reasonable success thanks to Kurt’s Morse Code Ninja which has been my go-to website for practice.

Other than ham radio I raced bicycles, sailboats and rally cars for years. I am a retired CPA who bought a commercial construction company with a partner in the early 1990s from which I retired in 2014.

My wife is KB7KHP, one of our sons is K7DKB and his wife (our daughter in law) is KF7ZVQ.

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