Always wanted a bug, but couldn't afford one, but could operate a straight key over 20 WPM for a while until I could afford to spend $15 for a mike. Built much of my equipment ... my first receiver was a modified war surplus BC-454 which I believe I modified for the 20M band. A few years later moved up to a Heath SB-301 RCVR and DX-60 XMTR and operated poor man's grid modulation AM on 20M. Later, after getting out of the Army I discovered SSB had displaced AM so my wonderful DX-60 was useless for voice, but 2M FM repeater operation was now the "in thing", I built an early Heathkit XTAL controlled 2M XCVR. A few years later when they came out with the new exciting digital PLL synthesized 2M XCVR and I had an actual paying job, I just had to get one.