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I really enjoyed reading “Buc” Fitch’s article, “The Demise of the First Phone.” I was saddened, when my last FCC First Class Radiotelephone License had expired (in 1986), and was replaced by the “General Radiotelephone Certificate.”
I remember how hard that I had worked, and studied, to earn that original License, back when I was still a high school student. In fact, I still keep my framed, expired ORIGINAL FCC First Class License, on my office wall, ABOVE my “General” License!
I also remember the “license walls,” in broadcast stations. The first “license wall” that I ever saw, was the one at my high school FM radio station, WHHS(FM), that was organized by the station’s technical adviser, Charlie Higgins. WHHS(FM) was the first Class D FM station licensed to a high school in the nation.
Thanks, “Buc”, for bringing back the fond, and somewhat sad, memories!