Greetings, and thank you for looking up Station W2OR. First, a bit of history: Radio call 'W2OR' was originally issued by the government in Year 1923, and eventually (1930) to our family friend, Mr. Ernest "Ernie" 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 co-founder and 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. In 1977 the call W2OR was used by the Skyline Radio Club in West Milford, New Jersey. 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. It is with honor that as of September 2006 I was granted holder and caretaker of the W2OR call, a call sign first used by myself four decades earlier at Field Day with the PVRC club. Should any reader have known Ernie, I would be delighted to hear from you. I can be contacted at: W2OR (at) ARRL (dot) net. In the way of background, Ernie's first radio call was '2AOP' (1924-1929), then '2BUK' (1929-1930), and finally 'W2OR' in 1930. Ernie's photo can be seen on the commemerative QSL card, below.
A special 'thank you' to Allen 'Al' Simpson (Radio N2NN, formerly K2DNW) of Northern New Jersey, who in the 1960's patiently guided my novice station activities, with guidance on home brew transmitters, antennas,and interest in distant DX operations. Al is a gentleman, a great mentor, and about the best CW operator I know, and someone who could be relied upon always to answer any question and provide first-rate guidance. Thank you, Al.
Station:First licensed as WV2ZFX in 1962, in Butler, New Jersey. Later calls: WA2ZFX, OD5GZ, LU/WA2ZFX, AB4WB, AB4WB/VOA (Voice of America), WX3H, and KK7U. Since 2008 the station included a K3 transceiver with simple wire antennas, operating from various locations in the USA. I can be contacted at: W2OR (at) ARRL (dot) net.
Best Wishes to you, // Mark
ARRL Life Member since 1960's.
ARRL Diamond Gold Club
8 Band DXCC
President (1993) Vienna Wireless Society (in Virginia)
Honorary Member, Northern Arizona DX Association
CW FISTS and SKCC clubs.
A few photos, below, including some of the earlier stations. Ernie's photo is on the commemerative QSL Card below.
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