I was first licensed in late 1976...in early 1977, I operated my first contest - the TN QSO party. I may have operated it a time or two since then, but I really don't remember. Tonight I got on for the final half hour, after having gone to Cirque du Soleil with Mrs. AA4GA. We had a great time, and it was fun getting on 40 and working a few of the Tennessee folks. 15 QSOs x 12 counties x 3 points per Q = 540 points. FT817ND at 5 watts to the Par End Fedz.
I did pick up a spool of ladder line and some para-cord at Shelby, so the new antennas are getting closer!