Our Stories
Bill Weinhardt W9PPG
Dale Bredon W6BGK 
Bob McDonald W4DYF
Charlie Curle AD4F
Jim Franklin K4TMJ 
Elmer Harger N7EL
Byron Engen W4EBA
Hank Greeb N8XX
Gene Gertler, AD2I
Richard Schachter W6HII
Dick Bender W3SYY
Tom Webb W4YOK 
Ron D' Eau Claire AC7AC
Ron Baker WA6AZN
Sam Whitley K5SW 
Gary Borri K9DBR
Steve Jensen W6RHM
Jim Leighty W6UJX
Dan Girand W5ARB
Dan Bathker K6BLG
Bill Bell KN2CZZ 
George Marko K2DWL  
Kenny Cassidy WN2WNC
Rick Faust N2RF
Fred Jensen K6DGW
Alvin Burgland W6WJ
Paul Signorelli W0RW
Jim Brown W5ZIT
Bob Rolfness W7AVK
Paul Danzer N1II
Charlie Lofgren W6JJZ
Joe Montgomery W1DWJ
Dick Dabney K6BZZ
Ray Cadmus W0PFO
John Johnston W3BE
Dan Smith K6PRK
Dick Zalewski W7ZR
Bob Brown W4YFJ
L.B. Cebik W4RNL (sk) 
Carl Yaffey K8NU 
Gary Liljegren W4GAL 
 Paul Johnston W9PJ
Jack Burks K4CNW
Al Cammarata W3AWU
Gene Schonrock W6EAJ
Dave Germeyer W3BJG 
David Quagiana K2MTW
Dan Schobert W9MFG
Jack Schmidling K9ACT
Dan Marks ex-K6IQF
Matt Wheaton W1EMM 
1951 - 1955
1956 - 1960
1961 - 1965
1966 - 1970
1971 - 1975
1976 - 1980
1981 - 1990
1991 - 2000

Bob Brown, W4YFJ
(ex-WN4FXO, 1954)

W4YFJ LicenseMy elmer was Frederick Calvert, W4CMV back in the mid 1950's. He was an amazing operator...He could work 45 wpm, work with his stamp collection and talk to you at the same time. He spent many years as a radio operator in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He had a paper tape machine that I could listen to, to learn the code.

I lived in Arlington Virginia and rode the bus into Washington DC to the FCC to take my test. I flunked the code the first time that I went. Went back about 90 days later and passed. I do not remember how long that it took to mail the ticket to me, however, I was very happy to get it. WN4FXO was my first call.

My station was a Hallacrafters S20-R and the transmitter was a home brew with a 6L6 as the final. I used a windom antenna with Television twin-lead and had a great time. I only had two crystals 7189 and 7194 KHz. Radio Moscow was on 7190 at that time and my only option was to get up in the morning before school and work and work the Hams out in the Midwest. Still had a great time. The S20-R was in perfect shape for one built back in the late 30's. No scratches, rust or dust. The only thing wrong was for some reason it had white paint on the line cord as if some one painted a room and did not move the cord when they painted. I lent this receiver to a friend of mine in the early 60's in order for him to learn the code. Never got it back. For some strange reason, I wanted a S20R when I was about 65 years old. I had been looking for one in good shape at hamfests and simply could not find one. I placed a query out on the internet looking for one in good shape. I got an answer from some one out in California and he said that he had 15 of them. He said send me $100 and I will send you my best one. I got it in the mail in perfect shape, no scratches, no rust, no dust and it worked. Only one thing wrong.......It had white paint on the line cord. I surely wish that I had kept track of the serial number.

Bob Brown W4YFJ