I was Licensed as a Novice in 1972 as WN2JLX and when I upgraded, my callsign was changed to WA2JLX. I had my Extra by age 16. I went to the FCC field office in Manhattan, New York and took the 20 WPM code test and theory exam. I grew up on Long Island, New York. I have lived in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Chicago Illinois, Los Angeles California and now in Northern Delaware.
My commercial FCC licenses include a GROL, Radio Telegraph Operator and GMDSS Maintainer all with the Ship Radar Endorsement.
I was a Navy/Marine Corps MARS operator, NNN0AAR and handled thousands of phone patches from ships at sea from the sailors and marines aboard to the U.S. mainland. All of the costs for the phone calls were paid for by me.
On multiple occasions, during Armed Forces Day, I was the control operator at Naval Station NAV4 at Great Lakes RTC in North Chicago, IL. This was to test military to amateur cross band communications capability and readiness.