Biography

Revised 2018-06-13

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I began listening to shortwave in 1952 using a vintage 1943 Hallicrafters S-38. In the morning Radio Australia would boom in on 9580 kc and several other frequencies in the 25, 31 and 41 meter bands. Otherwise, European and African broadcasters targeted North America prime time. Radio Moscow was found everywhere on 30 to 50 frequencies from late afternoon through to late night.

We had a 6 meter Gonset Communicator II with its matching 100w amplifier connected to a 4-element Telrex beam. Though I was not licensed, as an SWL I participated in the ARRL International Geophysical Year (IGY) Propagation Research Project (PRP) headed by Mason P Southworth. The solar maximum taught me VHF propagation: days when EI2W and CT1CO started the morning off, and the F2 propagation would swing through Africa with VQ2PL making an appearance and by late afternoon KH6 and KL7 stations were dominant. The simultaneous double-hop E and F2 reception, signals reflecting off the aurora, doughnut hole, bent path and tropo made for interesting reception. The monthly PRP newsletters were an educational treasure trove. And I saw the most amazing aurora display ever, on February 10, 1958, so bright one could read a newspaper and drive without headlights; some 60 years later I learned that the aurora was seen in downtown Havana even though street lights were on.

I joined the Newark News Radio Club in the mid-1950s (a member until its demise), and learned medium wave propagation chasing stations in countries across the globe. I logged more than 1,400 stations in ~95 countries and ~47 states spread from Syria west to the Gilbert & Ellice Islands and south to Argentina. This aspect of the listening hobby lasted for 30 years.

Understanding radio propagation from longwave to VHF and UHF stood me in good stead upon getting my amateur radio license.

Life member since 1976I finally got around to getting a Novice license in the summer of 1975. Licensed as WN2AYA, then WB2AYA, and getting the Amateur Extra license in January 1977 enabled me to select a 1x2 call—W2XQ—in the last round of those persons eligible to do so. (The X suffixes had just been released from the experimental service to the amateur radio service.)

Experimental station 2XQ

The history of the call is documented as granted in late 1919 to Union College in New York. 9ASW reports hearing 2XQ in 1924 per the June 1924 issue of The Radio Wireless; see page 92. The experimental X-suffix calls were released to the amateur radio service in the spring of 1977.

From 1966 Amateur Extra Class licensees, licenced for 25 or more years, could apply for unused 1x2 calls. The program was phased out in four stages ending iin July 1977. By dste of license, those Extra Class licensees licensed for less than 25 years were also given the opportunity to apply for unused 1x2 calls.

Working Career

Retired
2008–
Management Improvement Specialist
New Jersey Dept of Treasury
1985-2008
23 years
Education Planner…
Education Program Specialist
New Jersey Dept of Education
1977-1985
8 years
Dean of Students
Salem Community College
1974-1976
2 years
Penns Grove
Assistant Director,
Community Collge Office
New Jersey Dept of Higher Education
1972'-1974
2 years
Registrar
Camden County College
1968-1971
3 years
Blackwood
Instructor—
Bookkeeping, RPG Programming
Trenton Technical Institute
1967-1968
1 year
Trenton
Accountant
Hess Oil & Chemical Corp
1966-1966
<1 year
Perth Amboy

Listening…

ANARC NA SW DXer of 1988
Association of North American Radio Clubs

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Awards

No tower, beam or amplifier was used in the chase…

5BWAC
5-band Worked All Continents
5BWAS
5-band Worked All States
5BDXCC #1239 1982-06-01
5-band Worked 100 Countries
WAC 1978-04-26
Worked All Continents
DXCC #18,774 1979-05-07
Worked 100 Countries;200 endorsement
USA-CA #421 1983-05-02
Worked All USA—3076—Counties
CQ DX CW#420 1980-03-18
Worked 100 Countries on CW; 150 endorsement
WPX CW#1823 1979-04-25
Worked 300 different prefixes on CW; 600 endorsement
Helvetica #50 1982-03-13 2nd W
Worked all 26 Swiss cantons CW
Polska Klass III #1136 1982-02-27
For having made at least 3 contacts with stations operating from the territory of each of all the 16 Polish voivodships
Worked 21 Meridian #4015 1981-03-27
For having worked 16 countries on 21 meridian of Warsaw
P6K #6294 1983-07-01
USSR equivalent of WAC
P-10-P #4904-CW 1980-05-29
USSR 10 call areas 1 through 0
P-15-P ##1504 1983-07-01
Worked all 15 USSR Soviet Socialist Republics (SSRs)