UNITED STATES COAST GUARD CUTTER NORTHWIND (WAGB-282) MEMORIAL RADIO STATION (NRFJ).
HISTORIC CALL SIGN OF UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ICEBREAKER NORTHWIND, "THE GRAND OLD LADY OF THE NORTH".
" The finest icebreaker that ever sailed the Polar Seas ". RADM R.E. Byrd Jr USN, Ret.
Veteran Icebreaker of OPERATION NANOOK 1946. OPERATION HIGH JUMP 1946-1947. SS MANHATTAN EXPEDITION 1969. OPERATION DEEP FREEZE 1956-1980. BERING SEA PATROL 1946-1988.
TRANSMITTING FROM U.S. COAST GUARD SECTOR PUGET SOUND, WESTERN WASHINGTON.
K7IWH / Maritime Mobile / Region 2 is the historic call sign of the United States Coast Guard Cutter NORTHWIND (WAGB-282), in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. The USCG call sign of NORTHWIND was NRFJ. This photograph shows NORTHWIND on Bering Sea Patrol, 20 August 1963 (Official U.S. Coast Guard Photograph). NORTHWIND, homeport Seattle Washington, was a veteran of scores Arctic and Antarctic operations. NORTHWIND was commissioned 28 JUL 1945, was decommissioned 20 JAN 1989, and scrapped in 1999. My father (SK) was CWO3 Eng. (CHMACH) Thomas James "Tom" Lynn, (USCG, Ret) Assistant Engineer in NORTHWIND: 13 OCT 1967 to 02 SEP 1969. CAPT Donald J McCann (USCG Ret) (SK) was Commanding Officer. From our farm in Svensen, Clatsop County, Oregon we worked NORTHWIND many times via phone patch.
Full many a sailor points with pride
While though you have weathered fircest gale
By an Unknown Coastguardsman.
Down sank the baleful crimson sun,
The summer went, the winter came,
A Ballad of Sir John Franklin. By George Henry Boker, May 1850
Read more about the fearless NORTHWIND at http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Northwind1945.pdf
http://www.en.wikipedia.org Search word: USCGC NORTHWIND
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I am also retired from the US Postal Service.
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K7IWH is a "First Country" GEO-PARK (GB6GEO) station. See http://www.tars.org.uk
A Coast Guard Family Since 1957.
My gear: All ICOM. Main set: IC-761. Transmatch: IC-AT500. Microphones: Heil Pro Set IC and IC-SM6. IC 2KL amplifier. IC 2KL PS power supply. IC SP 20 speaker. Lafayette HA225 General communications receiver. Antenna: Alpha-Delta DX-CC parallel dipole at 35 ft (10,5 m). Handy Talkie: Motorola EX500 (136-174 MHz) 3-5 w 16 channel POP. Mobile rig is ICOM 2200.
*** K7IWH LAST MAN CLUB ***
I have found only two men living who remember K7IWH in the old days, they are JA1LZ who worked K7IWH, and N7DM who operated K7IWH. Another man sat in the K7IWH chair aboard NORTHWIND in Spring 1968. He is William F "Bill" Jessee K7KSO, who was a guest operator from RV ALPHA HELIX. Bill used his call W6CJT/MM then. Bill has no recollection of the call sign K7IWH. My father who is SK since 1998 brought home 4 original K7IWH QSL cards from the 1968 patrol. One has notes on the reverse written by Himself. These cards hung on the wall of the shack at the farm for years. I only discovered the notes on the reverse in 2008, when I applied for this vanity call sign.
Below are emails and excerpts thereof:
Jiro Kimura, JA1LZ
11 SEP 2008. Re: 1961 QSO with K7IWH
Dear Mr.Thomas James Lynn Jr:
K7IWH OPERATOR WAS RMC. RUSSEL "RUSS" DOWELL, USCG.
To: Thomas J Lynn Jr
I RECIEVED JA1LZ's QSL CARD FOR THIS QSO ON 16 APRIL 2012. ON 03 MAY 2012 JA1LZ RECIEVED K7IWH's QSL CARD FOR SAME, 51 YEARS LATER.
Yup…OM….Not a whole lot to report on I.W.Harper history… from my perspective. I was in NORTHWIND from ~ May 1959 to around June 1960. Made one Bering Sea Patrol, pulling into either Kodiak or Adak…. I honestly don’t remember which… I’m thinking Adak, the more I think of it, and yes… I was operating K7IWH as per my posting. The Fone I.D. would have been K7IWH… ‘Maritime Mobile Region Two’… until later that day, Mobile KL7, followed by simply Portable KL7, when tied up. I operated a little CW… my favorite…underway, but phone patches on CW are a little tricky…HI HI… so most of my Ops was on SSB. But on CW I was‘K7IWH/R2'.
VY 73, OM 'DM'
No Problem, OM…. Nope, I don’t mind being ‘cussed around the Fleet’…………
RE: N7DM de K7IWH. 04 JUN 2010.
Regarding K7IWH ops from Antarctica, I cannot state nor confirm a thing, except what my shipmate, who was there, told me. They had a call [K7IWH]; they tuned up a main shipboard antenna and receiver to literally learn from listening, to know how to QSO and run phone patches. Without a doubt the transmitter was our AN/FRT-23 CW/MCW/AM rig capable of running DC input in the KW+ range, from below 160, up past 10. Fifteen meters was ‘ours’ then, but new.…. [single 4-400A in the final]. Obviously from both FCC and CG ‘rules’ none of That is… kosher. *I* operated 100% legal, with a legal Part 97 station [independent from Radio Central], and for the relatively short time and distance of Bering Sea Patrol ’59, it all did the job. KC4 is a long way from Pier 39, Seattle. I understand there were stops at Christchurch, ‘ZL’ on the way down, and Valpariso, ‘CE’… on the way back. A “White Arctic Glacier Breaker” is not fast, seems 12/14 knots or so was it, four engines [out of six] on line. Five or Six months………
IF YOU HAVE ANY HISTORICAL INFORMATION FOR THE LAST MAN CLUB, PLEASE CONTACT ME.
Below: Original QSL of K7IWH/MM/R2 circa 1950-1970.
Below: USCGC Northwind, May 1959-June 1960. Vertical antenna of K7IWH/MM/R2, port aft, atop reefer unit . ET1 William F "DM" Hiller USCG (N7DM), operator. Station was located in XO's office space on main deck. Gear was a 1st generation SSB Gonset XMTR and "DM's" personal NC-300.
Below: NRFJ Radio Room (AKA Radio Central) May 1959-June 1960. Radiomen unidentified,"DM's" (N7DM) shipmates.
Below: K7IWH/CG/AM working 17 metres SSB 18.138 Mhz. on 20 November 2011 13:09:47 U (PST). Joint USCG-USAF-WSG Comms. Aircraft is a C-17 Globemaster 3, tail number 08-8193. Idling on tarmack at McChord Field, JBLM, Lakewood WA USA. This aircraft is operated by the 728th Air Lift Squadron. Photo by TSGT. C. Michael "Mike" Ping, USAF, Loadmaster, also my good shipmate and ham: N3KPU. Outstading radio, make unknown. 400 watts out. Aerial is in the vertical tail stabiliser. Worked 60 stations from 1300 to 1455 U (PST). My hand is on the stick because the PTT trigger is located there.
Below: Two photos of W. A. "Wil" Lynn (son) in YI land, "Green Zone", Baghdad, Iraq working K7IWH.
Below: K7IWH working 40 m fon at AGA0MC (USAF MARS on Signal Hill at McChord Field, JBLM, Lakewood, western Washington). 05 June 2012. Joint Washington State Guard-USAF MARS comms for Excercise Evergreen Quake 2012. Photo by: MSG. G.M. "Skip" Vice, USAF (WA7GV / AFA0GV).
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