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First I was KF7DGF
On June 9, 2009, I passed the examination for an amateur radio Technician-class license. The Federal Communications Commission assigned me a call sign of KF7DGF.
I passed the examination for my General license on July 11, 2009. As with the Technician license, I self-studied the manual to prepare for the exam.
Then I was W3ROK
I wasn’t very happy with the original call sign I received from the FCC. KF7DGF was just a little too difficult for some folks to hear clearly when I was on the radio. On July 14, 2009, the FCC granted me a vanity license of W3ROK.
My spouse and I saw the spelling of W3ROK differently: where I heard it in my mind as WE ROCK, she saw it as WE ARE OK. Either way, it was a great sign. But I discovered that being in 7-land (AZ, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA and WY) with a 3-call was a bit confusing to folks during contests. More than one contact was slightly unhappy to discover he/she was not actually making contact with someone in 7-land.
And then N7ROK
Before then, though, in January 2010 I started taking a class to work on my Amateur Extra license preparations. My instructor was David Brooks, call sign N7HT. I could not have self-studied for the examination as the electronic theory was just too confusing without help. David was a tremendous instructor; through his help, I was able to pass the Amateur Extra exam.
On April 27, 2010, the FCC granted me an Amateur Extra-class license.
On July 30, 2013, I was granted the last call sign I’ll ever need: KJ7T. Many amateur radio licensees make up a phrase to help them remember call signs. The phrase I picked out honors the person who chose to spend her life with me. KJ7T means Kiss Janis Seven Times…and that reminds me to show my spouse love every day of the week.