History of Radio 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 1923 at the age of fourteen, with radio call sign ‘2AOP’ (1923-1929), then radio callsign ‘2BUK’ (1929-1930). In 1927-1928 Mr. Hufnagel attended the famous RCA Institute in New York City and in 1928 became a communications officer aboard a commercial ship at sea. Ashore at his home station, he handled radio traffic for the schooner 'Bowdoin' expeditions** to the Arctic Circle. In the early 1930s he was successful in attempts to communicate coast-to-coast on the medium-wave 160 Meter Band using less than six watts of transmitter power, an unusual achievement for radio. 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 a radio DX'er, 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 father'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.
Celebrating ARRL Centennial friends, many old friends, and many new - - W2OR was a participant in the ARRL 2014 Centennial QSO Party, operating from Florida, USA. Year 2014 was a truly remarkable centennial event for the League, a once-in-a-lifetime happening for us all, and unprecedented in the history of radio. Thanks 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 old, original radio callsigns are all smiling, and all wish they could have been here with us for the centennial celebrations.
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 a K-Line, the Elecraft K3, and KAT500, KPA500, etcetera. Various antennas.
Best Wishes to you, // Mark
** The schooner 'Bowdoin' Expeditions** to the Arctic: See QST June 1959, "The Bowdoin's Last Voyage" 'QST' PDF file http://www.arrl.org/pubindex/search/page:10/Merged.year:1959/Merged.month:06/Merged.pubs:QST/model:Merged
-- Eighteen grandchildren - - the love of my life.
-- Photos below show Mr. Ernie Hufnagel, the original W2OR. Photos four and six show the station when posted overseas in the Middle East and South America.
-- W2OR Eight-Band DXCC. 300+ confirmed/validated.
-- ARRL Life Member since 1960's. ARRL Diamond Gold Club.
-- CW: 1964 Class A Operator's Club, Member Number 72.
-- Former President (1993), Vienna Wireless Society
-- Honorary Member, Northern Arizona DX Association
-- CW Operators CWT Life Member
-- SKCC Straight Key Century Club #11541. NAQCC QRP CW Club#7078
-- ARRL Centennial Leaderboard: First Place (USA) for contacts with ARRL's Centennial W100AW Stations; and Third Place (USA) overall for Centennial QSO Party points.
-- Travel & Photo Web Site: ___
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