I been interested in radio and communications for a long time. My family had an old AM radio and I would turn it up at the high end and I could pick up a few shortwave radio stations. I wanted a shortwave radio and I got one in 1955. It was a Hallicrafters S-38D. I then had a hobby of shortwave listening and I spent a great deal of time on my hobby.
I attempted to become a Ham but I could not past the code test. Many years later I became a Ham and my call sign is NØUWY.
Ham radio is a great hobby and they provide great services to the public. The hobby is not as popular as it was in the past. Now that anyone can have a cell phone and have access to the Internet young people are not as interested in Ham radio.
I think it is a great hobby and I recommend it to people.
I just signed at HamTestOnline.Com it is a site that helps you study for the ham test. I am going to try and get my General license. Right now I am a Technician class ham. The HamTestOnline site does charge a small fee for their service. To study for the General class it is $29.99 for two years.
In the photo above on the left you will see some of my QSL cards. One is from Radio New York WorldWide (WRUL) and I did a DX program over WRUL for one year. Also there is a QSL card for reception of Sputnik 1.
The photo on the right is me a long time ago. Those were some fun days.