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Send me an Email:     W2OR (at) ARRL (dot) net 

See below regarding the Arctic Expedition / Schooner Bowdoin, and Radio W2OR.

History of Radio W2OR.   Greetings.  Radio call sign '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.

At the home base station in New Jersey, Mr. Hufnagel's  Station W2OR  also handled radio traffic for the historic Arctic Expeditions in the 1920's by the Schooner 'Bowdoin' (please see photos below).

In the early 1930s Mr. Hufnagel 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.  Hufnagel was a strong leader and an expert in his day, 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 sign ‘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 used by myself 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.    Thank you.

Special thanks and appreciation to DX'er, Mr. Allen Simpson, N2NN, formerly K2DNW, of Northern New Jersey, who in the early 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-United States 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.  He also acted as chauffer for many a trip to the radio store in Petterson, NJ.   Thank you, Al.

Celebrating ARRL's 2014 Centennial, with many old friends, and many new.  W2OR was a participant in the American Radio Relay League's  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 fun contacts, and 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 CW has always been the preferred mode since 1962.  First licensed as WV2ZFX 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 the K3, and later the full Elecraft K-Line.  Various multi-element wire antennas.

Best Wishes, de Mark.

** The schooner 'Bowdoin'  and its Arctic Expeditions**   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.

-- Two Photos below of Mr. Ernie Hufnagel, the original W2OR.  More photos following.


--   Other Photos show my stations when posted overseas in the Middle East and South America and elsewhere.

-- DXCC:  Nine-band  DXCC (( 10/12/15/17/20/30/40/80/160 )) 

-- 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 Ops  CWT  Life  Member.  A+ Group.

-- SKCC Straight Key Century Club #11541.  NAQCC QRP CW Club#7078

-- ARRL Centennial Leaderboard: First Place (USA and World)  for Centennial W100AW Stations.  Third Place (USA) overall for Centennial points.

-- First generation American, parents immigrated from Scotland and Cuba. Travel & Photo Web Site:

-- Stations below in The Middle East, South Asia, South America, Virginia and Florida.


Old photos of the Arctic Expedition Schooner Bowdoin. W2OR handled its radio traffic from the U.S.   

Below, stuck in NE Blizzard, 2013. Coax runs into hotel room.


Below, one of the best Elmers ever, Al, N2NN (right) next to W2OR

Below, Station in 1963 :

Below, Station in 1969 :

Below, Vienna Wireless Society Field Day circa 2014 :

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