I took an interest in radio at an early age when I found a copy of a 1963 ARRL Handbook in my dad's collection of technical books.  He was an instrument fitter by trade with a general interest in electronics. I recall he had, what appeared to me, some half completed audio projects in one corner of the garage.

I also recall as a 10 year, old turning the pages of the 'handbook' and dreaming of one day being a radio amateur and using one of those transmitters and receiver circuits described in the book. Back then I was not sure of the difference between a transmitter and receiver when looking at the circuits.

A few years later when I was 14 dad took me to a local radio club and we both enrolled in a study course which was held one evening each week. We both passed the final test a few months later although dad did better than me.  Not much progress for a couple of years until I turned 16 and sat for the Limited Amateur Operators Certificate of Profficiency exam at the Radio Inspector's Office in Newcastle.  I passed this exam and applied for a callsign and was granted VK2YAU. Since then I have held the callsigns VK2GME, VK4CGM before acquiring VK2FC around 1999.  My original certificate is pictured below.
Limited Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency
LAOCP Front LAOCP Rear
LAOCP Front LAOCP Rear

My Introduction to Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio Station VK2FC
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