I became a Novice class operator in 1963, and a General,
K3YGU in 64. DXing and building were early interests of mine.
I earned my Extra class ticket in 77. At that time
it was possible to get a new 1x2 call for free, but I preferred my old call.
Later I realized that K3YGU was not the best call for DXing, but only after
years of getting beat up in the pileups
(I did earn DXCC Honor Roll
with it, however!) When the 'vanity' call program came along
I jumped at the chance to get a better one.
hit the airwaves November 6, 1996. It was definitely worth the
effort. Today, I find it easier to be heard
under difficult conditions.