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Celebrating Centennial friends, many old friends, and many new - -  W2OR was a participant in the ARRL 2014 Centennial QSO Party, operating from Florida, USA.  This has been a truly remarkable centennial event for the League, a once-in-a-lifetime happening for us all, and unprecedented in the history of radio. Thank you for the many contacts, and thank you for the camaraderie that only this hobby and our League can bring to the fore.  The original holders of our oldest radio callsigns are all smiling, and all of them wish they could have been here with us in 2014.  God Bless.   /Mark

Operator Note: If we had a QSO on the morning of Tuesday, 9 December 2014, between 10:00-15:00-UTC, kindly send me the particulars of that QSO, time/mode etc.  Thank you.  the computer lost dozens of logged Centennial QSO's.  

History of W2OR.   Greetings, and thank you for looking up Station W2OR.  Radio call 'W2OR' was issued by the government in Year 1930 to our family friend, Mr. Ernest Hufnagel, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Mr. Hufnagel was born in 1909, and regrettably passed away in 1997.  He was first licensed in 1924 at the age of fifteen, with radio call sign ‘2AOP’ (1924-1929), then ‘2BUK’ (1929-1930).  Ernie was a strong leader and an expert in the field of electronics.  He was also a long-time president of the Pompton Valley Radio Club (PVRC), an active radio club in Northern New Jersey in the 1950's and 1960's, with club meetings in our town of Butler, New Jersey.  The call ‘W2OR’ ("Whiskey-Two Ocean-Radio") was the PVRC club call for Field Day in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Ernie, W2OR, was a friend to many in the community, and he was a friend of my mother’s family in Butler, New Jersey. There is now a memorial brick in Mr. Hufnagel's name with his 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 call sign W2OR, a calI sign I had used four decades earlier at Field Day with the PVRC club.  Should any reader have known Ernie, or have received his QSL card, I would be delighted to hear from you.  I can be contacted at: W2OR (at) ARRL (dot) net.

Special thanks and the greatest appreciation go out to Mr. Allen Simpson, N2NN, formerly K2DNW, of Northern New Jersey, who in the 1960's patiently guided my novice station activities, with guidance on building home brew CW transmitters, antennas, interest in distant DX operations, and who made available his family’s machine shop.  Al is a gentleman, a great mentor, and the best CW operator I know (he is ex-Navy, of course).  As my Elmer, Al could be relied upon to answer expertly any question, provide superb guidance, and at any time of the day. Thank you, Al.

My Station: First licensed as WV2ZFX in 1962, in Butler, New Jersey. Later calls: WA2ZFX, OD5GZ, AB4WB, AB4WB/VOA TenTec and Heathkit rigs and amps over the years.  In 2008 the station added what is now its main transceiver, the Elecraft K3.  New amp added 2014.  Various antennas.   

Best Wishes to you, // Mark

~~ Art and Grace at its best:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/svzPm8lT36o?feature=player_detailpage

~~  Eighteen grandchildren - the love of my life. 

-- A few photos below including earlier stations. One showing Mr. Ernie Hufnagel, the original W2OR, 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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