Our Stories
 Rick Roznoy K1OF
 Jim Cain K1TN
 Bob Lightner W4GJ
 Rick Tavan N6XI
 Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA
 Gary Yantis W0TM
 Bill Husted KQ4YA
 Mark Nelson AJ2X
 Joe Park WB6AGR
 Richard Pumphrey WN9DDV
 Rick Swain KK8O
 Walt Beverly W4GV
 Steve Meyers W0AZ
 Terry Schieler W0FM
 Fred Merkel AK7D
 Steve Pink KF1Y
 Bob Roske N0UF
 Joe Trombino W2KJ
 "Sig" Signer NV7E
 Glenn Kurzenknabe K3SWZ
 J. Michael Fuller K7CIE
 Michael Betz WB8ZFQ
 Phil Salas AD5X
 John Shidler NS5Z
 Geoff Allsup W1OH
 Ken Widelitz K6LA / VY2TT
 Gary Pearce KN4AQ 
 Dan Gaylord W7IDG 
 AL LaPeter W2AS
 Bob Jameson N3LNP
 Jan Perkins N6AW
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1956 - 1960
1961 - 1965
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1981 - 1990
1991 - 2000

Rick Roznoy, K1OF
(formerly KN1QKQ, 1960)

KN1QKQ ShackGetting my Novice license  (KN1QKQ) was no doubt the biggest thrill in my life  ...or so it seemed to a 12 year old. My sister who was already in high school told me her physics teacher could give me the test.  Some how I got enough courage to go the high school and find him. So I met Nick Georgis, K1MAR who gave me the test along with some ‘much' older high school students. Today, more than 47 years later Nick and I are still friends and enjoy seeing each other as often as we can.

My first QSO was on December 30, 1960 at 11:15 AM with Bud, KN1PSW. On 3721 KHz, I know this because I have saved all my log books. This is somewhat a miracle in itself because I don't have any other items from that period.  As I look at this book now I notice something odd, all the entries were made with a fountain pen ...this gives it an historical feeling. Great stuff was recorded. Today more than ever, I am thankful that I saved these treasures.

KN1QKQ logThe most memorable contact may have been with KN9WET. This was real DX from K1 land. I discovered that if I got up early enough I could work much farther than during the day on 80-meters. This was a special time, the house was quiet, everyone else was asleep and no one bothered me in my quest for greater distance. This thrill eventually wore off when I got my first 15-meter crystal and realized the best DX was after the sun came up. Getting QSL cards was the next most exciting part of my Novice experience. The shack was decorated with a wall display of the cards along with a map with push pins showing the locations of the stations. The station was a SX-110 receiver, Eico 720 transmitter and an 80-meter dipole feed with RG-59.

If I shut my eyes I can still almost hear the hum of the power transformer as I key the 720.