In December 1978, with some help from my father and a local ham radio club, I took my Novice code and written tests, and I passed. It was January 5, 1979 that I was issued my first Amateur Radio License, with the call sign KA1CCA, a Novice class ticket shown here. On January 20, 1979, I had my very first ham QSO at the station of my friend Ron Chouinard, KA1BVL (pictured left). I picked up a Henry Radio Tempo One transceiver, and my antenna was a dipole antenna strung in my back yard. The Tempo One was familiar to me because it was frequently used by 11 meter folks that I knew. It had a separate speaker/power supply. The rig was a black-face Tempo One with a brass CW straight key mounted on a piece of wood. You can see at the extreme left of the picture that I still had the President Washington CB radio along side of the ham rig. Note also the Siltronix SWR-3DX wattmeter and Mattco Model 711 Frequency Counter, both left-over from the Siltronix station. My first antenna was a simple wire dipole. Then, I picked up a Hy-Gain Model 18 AVT/WB Vertical that I ground-mounted with radials. On January 26, 1979, I got an endorsement for 20 WPM Morse Code (receive) from the ARRL as part of the Certificate of Code Proficiency program. I made my first ham radio QSO ever from my new radio on February 6, 1979, on 21.143 on CW, working WD9FYD in Foulton, Indiana (QSL below).
Note also the KA1CCA callsign entry in the Winter 1980 Radio Amateur Callbook (pictured left).