radio mentors join Halls of Fame
(May 20, 2010)
Magazine's 2010 inductees to the CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame
to Don Hill AA5AU on being inducted into the CQ Contest
Hall of Fame. As many
have observed, this is a most deserved honor. Don has been a mentor
to thousands, and his efforts have helped change the face of contesting
by building participation -- not just for RTTY contesting, but for
is a gateway mode, and I know first-hand how it builds interest in
a wide swath of contesting. It's easy once you "get the hang
of it" but the challenge is the steep learning curve, and that's
where Don has shown tremendous vision and the will to make a difference.
RTTY elmering site, his on-air demeanor (unflappable gentleman is
a term that comes to mind) as well as his proven results and contester's
spirit -- witness his triumphs over Katrina -- are inspiring.
AA5AU RTTY site
the hams sharing DX and Contest Hall of Fame induction with Don this
year are most deserving. For me, Bob Locher W9KNI's
induction is particularly meaningful. His skillfully prepared DXer's
Diary stories in Ham Radio magazine were very special vignettes
that drew me into this hobby.
to an eager teenager by an oldtimer or two in the early 1980s, I still
have those dogeared editions and return to them occasionally for inspiration
and to reminisce.
the nearly three decades since I first read Bob's words, many a long
night has been enjoyed at the radio chasing DX. The golden glow of
tubes has given way to subtle hues of fluorescent blue over the paddles,
but W9KNI has always been part of the experience. Bob sparked something
deeply meaningful that would not have existed without his influence.
is a pleasure to say thank you to Don and Bob, and the entire group
this year, for making our fine endeavor even more enjoyable, and more
accessible to future hams.
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