A well-known and highly regarded QRPer – let’s just call him “SG” – recently posted something among his Google+ friends that I identified with immediately:
As a not-yet-licensed ham impatient with the FCC’s red tape and slow mail delivery he got on the air on 40m CW with a callsign pulled from a copy of the Callbook. Guilt set in, followed by worry.
Boy, I’ve been down that road.
My own story of being a radio outlaw took place when I was a Novice. A DXpedition began about the time I was ready to upgrade to General…but I’d not yet taken the test. This DXpedition was to Upper Volta and only operated phone. Of course I didn’t have phone or 20m privileges as a Novice. But I do have a very old QSL on the wall from Upper Volta. 20m, SSB.
Beginning our life of crime at such young ages, it’s a wonder SG and I didn’t end up as true radio criminals, building radios in support some illicit endeavor. As far as I know, SG and I have been on the straight & narrow since those felonious days.