I got my ham radio license at the age of 13. My original class of license was ‘novice’ and my callsign was WN6AEE. I subsequently got a ‘general’ class with callsign N6AZW, and eventually upgraded to an ‘amateur extra’ class with my present callsign of WB6H.
At one time I was quite active on the frequencies that would all talk around the world. These are known as the 20 meter, 15 meter and the 10 meter bands. ( I was active on the Ten-Ten net, number 32699. ) This is the antenna I had at one time that allowed these communications:
Ham operators have developed this wonderful tradition over the years. After they've had a conversation with another station over the radio, they 'confirm' their contact by exchanging postcards. These postcards are called QSL cards and are custom made for each ham radio station. This gives the ham an opportunity to be innovative and creative in deciding on a QSL card that says something about him, his location, his goals, and etc. I have hundreds of QSL cards from all over the world, and here are a few (including my own):