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Author Topic: Where was the old FCC Building in NYC?  (Read 1211 times)
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« on: January 06, 2011, 08:04:32 AM »

I had a very nice QSO yesterday with Charles, KB3NKL, sharing our recollections of going to the FCC building in NYC to take our license exams.  We joked (in CW) about the little tough skinny old relic who presided over the Amateur Exam office and the WW II era headphones they used for administering the code exam.

Does anyone recall where that huge old red-brick building is located?  Last time I was in NYC I saw it, but I think it's no longer a Federal Building.  Also, what was the name of that tough old rooster? (Jim, N2EY, provided the name in an earlier topic, but I forgot).

Peace, love, and DX in the New Year

Bill in Pasadena
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 08:18:35 AM »

641 Washington Street.  That building was positively haunted.  In 1970 still had (long empty) offices marked with the names of temporary World War 2 agencies.  The tape-driven CW generating machine had bulbous old tubes.  The staff was both professional and surprisingly courteous to a new ham/high school student.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011, 10:07:30 AM »

Also, what was the name of that tough old rooster?

Charlie Finkleman.  I remember him fondly: you figured if he passed you, you were OK.
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NK6Q
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2011, 11:35:10 AM »

I located the site on Google Maps.  Maybe it's the same building but it sure looks different than I remember, apart from the weird trapezoidal city block.  If it's the same building, it looks like the red brick got a much-needed steam cleaning.

Ah yes, Charlie Finkleman.  He could sure throw a scare into a young teenage ham.  He looked like he was about 350 years old; probably he's still alive today.  That old rooster was too tough to die.

Bill, NK6Q
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011, 11:55:23 AM »

He probably won't look as old today, now that you have gained a few years  Grin
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