Friendships have the ability to surprise us with their thoughtfulness and creativity. Recently, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with an old friend, Rahman, a passionate amateur radio operator with the callsign 9M2AR. During our reunion, Rahman presented me with a unique and sentimental gift—a handcrafted button that he made himself. In this blog post, I want to share the story behind this remarkable keepsake and the deep meaning it holds in our friendship.

Life has a way of bringing people back into our lives unexpectedly. After years of being out of touch, I had the pleasure of running into Rahman at a local amateur radio gathering. Our encounter was filled with joy as we reminisced about our shared experiences and the memories we had created together.

During our heartfelt conversation, Rahman pulled out a small package and handed it to me with a warm smile. Inside was a handcrafted button, meticulously made by Rahman himself. The button featured intricate designs, carefully chosen colors, and, most notably, my name alongside Rahman’s callsign, 9M2AR. It was a truly personalized and one-of-a-kind gift.

Rahman explained that the handcrafted button was a labor of friendship, symbolizing the deep bond we had formed through our mutual passion for amateur radio. He had spent hours carefully crafting the button, pouring his creativity and dedication into every detail. It represented not only our shared hobby but also the years of friendship and support we had given each other.

As I held the handcrafted button in my hands, memories flooded back—late-night conversations, radio experiments, and shared moments of triumph and excitement. The button served as a tangible reminder of our journey together, the milestones we had achieved, and the growth we had experienced as amateur radio enthusiasts. Each design and color choice evoked a specific memory, making the gift even more meaningful.

Rahman’s handcrafted button reminded me of the immeasurable value of friendship. It is the thought and effort behind a gift that truly counts. Rahman’s dedication to creating a personalized keepsake exemplified the depth of our friendship. It highlighted the connections we had made through amateur radio and the unwavering support we had offered one another throughout the years.

The handcrafted button made by Rahman, 9M2AR, holds a special place in my heart. It serves as a testament to the power of friendship and the creativity that can blossom within it. Rahman’s thoughtful and personalized gift is a reminder of the meaningful connections we form through our shared passions.

To Rahman, 9M2AR, I am truly grateful for this handcrafted treasure and for being an exceptional friend. May our shared love for amateur radio continue to strengthen our bond and inspire us to create more cherished memories together.


An amateur radio operator, Royal Signals veteran, jack of all trades and master of none.

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