ARRL 2014 Centennial QSO Party Participant, from Florida, USA. VE Station.
Greetings, and thank you for looking up Station W2OR. Radio call 'W2OR' was originally issued by the government in Year 1923 to a family friend, Mr. Ernest Hufnagel, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Ernie regrettably passed away a few years ago (1909-1997). He was a strong leader and an expert in the field of electronics. Ernie was also a long-time president of the Pompton Valley Radio Club (PVRC), an active club in Northern New Jersey in the 1950's and 1960's. The call ‘W2OR’ was also the PVRC club call for Field Day in the 1950s and 1960s. Ernie, W2OR, was my first radio Elmer and mentor. He was a friend to many in the community, and he was a friend of my mother’s family in New Jersey. There is now a memorial brick in Mr. Hufnagel's name and call sign, W2OR, in the ARRL Headquarters Diamond Terrace garden, in Newington, Connecticut. It is with honor that as of September 2006 I was granted holder and caretaker of the W2OR call, a callI I had first used four decades earlier at Field Day with the PVRC club. Should any reader have known Ernie, or have received his QSL card with annotations, I would be delighted to hear from you. I can be contacted at: W2OR (at) ARRL (dot) net.
Special thanks and appreciation go out to Mr. Al Simpson, N2NN, and formerly K2DNW, of Northern New Jersey, who in the 1960's patiently guided my novice station activities, with guidance on building home brew transmitters, antennas, interest in distant DX operations, and who made available a first-class machine shop. Al is a gentleman, a great mentor, and the best CW operator I know (ex-Navy, of course). He could be relied upon to answer expertly any question, provide superb guidance, and at any time of the day. Thank you, Al.
Station: First licensed as WV2ZFX in 1962, in Butler, New Jersey. Later calls: WA2ZFX, OD5GZ, AB4WB, AB4WB/VOA. Since 2008 the station acquired as its main transceiver the Elecraft K3. Various antennas.
Best Wishes to you, // Mark
-- A few photos below including earlier stations. One showing Mr. Ernie Hufnagel, on the QSL card. Photos four and six show the station when located overseas.
-- W2OR 8 Band DXCC
-- ARRL Life Member since 1960's. ARRLDiamond Club Gold Club.
-- Former President (1993), Vienna Wireless Society
-- Honorary Member, Northern Arizona DX Association
-- SKCC Straight Key Century Club #11541. NAQCC QRP CW Club#7078
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