My granddaddy got me interested in Ham Radio when I was a kid. Back then, the entry level license was the novice class. The test for the novice license required passing the Morse Code test. I tried to learn the code when I was in 5th grade, but was never able to get it. Honestly, to this day, I’ve still been unable to get it.
In 2004, at the age of 26, I decided that I was going to finally get my license. I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point the FCC had dropped the novice class and replaced it with the technician class. The entry level technician class license test didn’t require learning Morse Code. To help make sure I stuck with it, I signed up for a class at Universal Radio. At the end of the class, I took my test and received my first callsign: KD8ANP.
About three weeks ago, I filed an application with the FCC to change my amateur radio callsign. My application was granted two days ago, and my callsign has officially been changed from KD8ANP to W8IPK.
Why W8IPK? It was my Granddaddy’s callsign from the time he was 16 years old in 1932 until he passed away in 1999. He never got to see me get my license, but I think he’d be proud that I’m keeping his old callsign on the air.