David tells a few words about his first computer training in 1957.
|David's Ham License|
I was a member of the high school radio club and studied all the electronic courses available. Building radio receivers and transmitters was just great fun along with a lot of time ON THE AIR operating. During those days military service was a mandate. You could wait to be drafted into the Army or volunteer for one of the services. I had no interest in the military and wanted a way to do my time in the shorted way possible and maybe have a choice at what did on active duty. While I was a junior in high school I learned of a Navy 2 by 6 program. Volunteer for this and you could do just 2 years of active duty in the Navy and then 4 years of reserve duty - a meeting one evening a week for the 4 years.
Now my interest and skill in electronics was starting to pay off for me. With the amateur radio license I was able to start at once three ranks up from the bottom of the enlisted ranks. This would have been my rank at the end of a normal 2 years of duty. WOW life was getting good - another benefit of being in the Reserve before going on active duty was BOOT CAMP was only 2 weeks long and not the usual 8 weeks. I did my 2 weeks while still in high school between my junior and senior high school years. During my last year of high school another - Right place at the right time - situation. I was able to take the exam for 3rd Class Petty Officer and was promoted during my last year of high school.
|David - middle back 1957|
|Remington Rand 1957|
The video is an introduction about my computer collecting and other current activities in the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd County Virginia.
"by David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector Historian
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