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This story about Pierre begins in HH Land, an exotic island of the Antilles archipalegos. (Boy, it sounds really DX!) At that time, there were approximately no more than thirty native hams (he was one of them), a lone US businessman and a handful of canadian and american missionaries, mostly roman catholic, who operated a morning net on eighty meters.


Pierre is the second generation "harmonic" of a ham family. His father, Lou, N2DFY, now retired, Uncle Lucien, WA2VSW and Cousin Ralph, WB2DFQ, are active amateur radio operators in the Big Apple.


Pierre was exposed to "radio frequency" in his young days. His father, then HH2LD (he got to pick his call letters to match his initials) was one of the ten licensed radio experimenters on the island.


Honeycombed coils, giant vacuum tubes, gigantic rheostats, assorted pieces of bakelite, huge power-transformers and home-made chassis were no foreign objects to young Pierre's growing up environment; he showed no particular interest in this heteroclite collection of paraphernalia except to the sounds that came from the enormous black horn they called loud speaker. Pierre remembers the suffocating odor that was so peculiar to the big RCA Victor when its power supply overheated and blew.


Pierre was not quite ten years old when he "built" his first crystal set. To him, it was as if he had just discovered the portable radio. What a thrill when he pulled in all three local broadcasting radio stations on the same pin hole. Not to mention the ensuing cacophony!


His real interest in Amateur Radio arose in his early twenties when Pierre got an offer that he couldn't resist. OM Lou was now living overseas, heading a diplomatic mission and was on the airwave as HP1EH not too far from the famous transoceanic canal. Not being able to keep in touch with Pierre by correspondence, (the young chap wouldn't answer dad's letters) Lou resorted to the magic of radio. Pa will supply the complete station if son will get his license. No sooner said than done, Pierre put himself to study and within a few months got a general ticket with two call letters, HH2CX/Fix and HH7CX/ Mobile. The equipment arrived soon after and it comprised of an Nt'l HRO Receiver, a B&W 5100 Xmtr, an Astatic mike and a tenty meter folded dipole. Dad was now in daily contact with his son.


Then the years went on. Pierre got married to Marie-Claire (she simply hates ham radio, period!) and for personal reasons both immigrated to the US and took residence in Queens, New York.


For almost fifteen years Pierre totally lost sight of ham radio until he bought a LaFayette VHF/UHF receiver to eavesdrop on Police and Commercial bands. And the bug stung him again ... but there were clouds on the horizon; Pierre was incapable to meet the CW requisite, he had reached his Morse Code plateau. He reluctantly settled for Tech and on October 28, 1975, Pierre officially became WA2CRM.


A year later, Pierre transferred to the Bay State and the FCC changed his call sign to WB1EZK. Pierre is very sporadic on two meters and sometimes "scratchy" with his 2AT; 37/97 and 71/31 are his favorite repeaters. With his unique DX accent, Pierre is easily recognized (not to be confused with Pete, WA1FVX, the Worcester frenchman). In the past, he made it to a number of club meetings. He is kind of a shy person and if you happen to see him at a gathering, say hello to him and mention that you read about him in the news letter.


A member of NCR Corporation's 25th. Year Club, Pierre is a Department Manager at their New England Regional Accounting Office in Newton, MA. He shares a ride with three other Shrewsbury residents who work at the same location. He proudly displays a ham vanity license plate on his '77 Yellow Honda that registered 100,000 miles a few days short of her fifth birthday two weeks ago.

This article was published in the Central Massassuchets Amateur Radio Association (CMARA), Worcester, MA

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