I got into CBs in college, setting them up for friends in the club. As I got more interested, I needed equipment. My great uncle was a ham and Mom said I should go see him. He made fun of me for playing with CBs but gave me a SWR meter he and my grandpa had bought together in the 70s.Right on! My best friends gpa growing up was a vet and he had a shed full of radio equip with a huge antenna out back. I can't remember now it's been 30yrs but he was talking to people all over the globe I think. Always wanted to get into it but figured I'd wait till I was old and needed a reason outta the house. Now I like the idea of reaching farther for help if needed while wheeling.
Anyways, it was after I got out of college that I got my Tech ticket, although I never did get to talk to my great uncle on the radio. I still really regret that. But, I'm pretty well invested in it now and really enjoy what all it has to offer that I've managed to be involved in.