I got into radios in the late 1970s with CBs like many others. I had a couple of mobile rigs used as base stations with a power supply and then I got my first real base station. 40 channels and sideband yeah! I have since sold it many years ago but a quick internet search shows it was most likely a Realistic TRC-458. I had it connected to a 1/4 ground plane antenna bare above the roof. I put it up myself at age 14. No one was paying attention to me as I screwed brackets into the house and climbed on the roof. I had to use the TV antenna mast as a ladder. When we moved to the trailer, I used a car magnetic mount antenna thrown up on the metal roof. I used my mom’s cal sign, KNJ-7109. By then, getting a callsign was not required but she did.