QRP Hall of Fame inductees, 1996

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From: Mike Czuhajewski (wa8mcq@u1.abs.net)
Date: Mon May 20 1996 - 12:44:09 EDT


Here is the announcement of the QRP Hall of Fame inductees for 1996,
whose identities were made public recently at Dayton. This is the
text as it will appear in the July issue of the QRP Quarterly.

Attention QRP Quarterly subscribers: you will see this again, so you
may want to just look at the names of the people and skip the rest of
it for now :-)

73 and Queue Our Pea DE WA8MCQ wa8mcq@abs.net

Vice President, QRP ARCI

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THE QRP HALL OF FAME FOR 1996

Michael A. Czuhajewski WA8MCQ
7945 Citadel Drive
Severn, MD 21144

     The QRP ARCI is pleased to present the 1996 inductees into the
QRP Hall of Fame. Announced
publicly at the QRP banquet at Dayton, seven people (a little under
half of those nominated) joined the four 1992 inductees. (The Hall of
Fame process is not a competition for a certain number of slots;
rather, each nominee is voted on individually. This year the voting
body was the [outgoing] Board of Directors. At Dayton it was agreed
to expand that in the future to include the Board, President, Vice
President and Hall of Fame members.)

     Before anyone asks, there was no Hall of Fame action for 1993,
1994 and 1995 for a variety of reasons, but now that there is a
single person in charge of running the QRP Hall of Fame--me--there
will be a regular call for elections. And if things fall through the
cracks again, at least there is now a specific person to blame!

     These are the 1996 inductees into the QRP Hall of Fame (in
alphabetical order):

     Brice Anderson, W9PNE
     George Burt, GM3OXX
     Tom Davis, K8IF
     Wes Hayward, W7ZOI
     Rick Littlefield, K1BQT
     C. F. Rockey, W9SCH
     Adrian Weiss, W0RSP

     From my days in the Air Force I remember something called the
Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year. It was quite an honor to be
selected from a few hundred thousand enlisted people. But when the
winners were announced, the short paragraph or two published about
each ones achievements often didn't really do justice to them. It's
the same with the QRP Hall of Fame, but I'll give it a try anyhow.
There will be some relatively new QRPers who may not know of the
accomplishments of many of these people, and when they see the names
they'll say "huh?" Rest assured that for each person who does that,
there will be several who will smile and say, "Ah, but of course!
Justice done at last!"

     Brice Anderson, W9PNE

     From a nominating letter submitted by W9SCH--"I first became
aware of the work of Brice during our mutual "adventures" with the
Milliwatt [QRP magazine] during the early 1970s. Brice has made
numerous innovative contributions to the QRP literature in nearly
every aspect of the activity (look through the files of almost any
QRP publication of the last two decades, or more to confirm this). I
personably recall his "Sucrets Box QRP Rig" in the Milliwatt, and his
numerous articles on antennas (particularly small transmitting loops)
as being particularly stimulating and inspiring to me, for instance.
To me, Brice Anderson will always be 'The Grand Old Master of Ninth
Call Area QRP'."

     Brice reports that he started his ham career with QRP in 1932 at
the age of 13, running one watt input to a UV-199 tube. He later
graduated to a type 45 tube at a blistering three watts output. In
the 1970's and 80's he was involved extensively with milliwatting; he
worked all 50 states with 50 mW output, followed by 37 states with 25
mW, including Hawaii on SSB. In 1975 he received an ARRL WAS
certificate earned with one half watt input, the first WAS issued for
such low power. In 1982 he received DXCC QRPp Trophy #40 from the
Milliwatt magazine, which also honored him for 50 years of QRP
operation.

     In the 1989 ARRL CW DX contest, he dropped to 20 mW output and
worked 47 DX stations in 29 countries; in one 44 minute session he
worked 5 continents, although it took him another 4 1/2 hours to find
the 6th; that made it a 5 hour WAC with 20 mW! When the 30M band was
opened, he worked all 50 states in 2 weeks with the QRP "legal limit"
of 5 watts. In the first CQ WW WPX CW contest in 1979, he entered in
the QRPp division and was the highest QRPp scorer in the world.
(Brice also send along a list of almost 3 dozen contests in which he
was first place QRPer in Illinois.)

     George Burt, GM3OXX:

     Although less known on this side of the pond than in GQRP
circles, GM3OXX has been deeply involved in QRP for a large number of
years, both operationally and technically, and has many truly
outstanding accomplishments to his credit. He received Adrian Weiss'
coveted DXCC Milliwatt trophy #2 (December 1978) for working at least
100 countries with one watt or less; as of 1992 he had 200 countries
confirmed with 1 watt output, and he also has over 70 countries
confirmed two way QRP. George was the very first person to win the
difficult and prestigious QRP Master award conferred by the GQRP
Club, in itself a most impressive achievement.

     Not only a very accomplished QRP operator, George is technically
astute. He has had numerous technical articles in SPRAT, and is the
originator of several very popular GQRP projects, such as the OXO,
ONER and STX. Says G3RJV, "the ONER [transmitter] must be the most
commonly built QRP circuit in the world - over 1,000 kits have been
sold!" G3RJV also says, " "All of his QRP work has been with
completely home designed and homebuilt gear of a very high standard,
and he has never used more than 1 watt of RF output, and only simple
wire antennas. I think, world wide, few could beat him as a QRPer. I
do not think you could find a more worthy recipient anywhere."

     George Burt was unanimously inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame.

     Tom Davis, K8IF

     Although apparently not involved in QRP in any capacity since
the late 1970's, Tom had a profound affect on the QRP community.
While the QRP ARCI was in existence at the time, it did not have the
"5 watt and under" focus that it does today. The Club was originally
founded with the goal of members voluntarily limiting their power to
100 watts (input, in those days) to reduce QRM on the bands and make
operation more enjoyable for all. While there were many who were
interested in "true QRP", that was not the basis of the club. As
detailed in the October 1995 QRP Quarterly reprint of an Adrian Weiss
CQ magazine column from the 1980's, Tom sensed the strong desire of
many to have an organization devoted to low power operation and
experimentation.

     In his nominating letter, Rich Arland (K7YHA) said, "Tom's
dedication to low power communications resulted in significant
changes in the QRP ARCI bylaws and resulted in changing the club from
a 100 watt organization into a true QRP club. Tom's leadership during
the trying times of the late 1970s gave hope that our club might
evolve into a club that really represented low power communications.

     "He eventually became President of the QRP ARCI. Over a period
of several years he managed to help many "true QRPers" get elected
to the Board of Directors. Through his persistence, a vote of the
membership was taken which overwhelmingly favored changing the tone
of
the club from a 100 watt dinosaur into a 5 watt survivor. This
eventually led to a massive rewrite of the club bylaws and
awards/contests criteria. Finally, through the dedication and
tenacity of Tom Davis, the QRP ARCI could proclaim that it was truly
a QRP club that represented the interests of those radio amateurs who
wished to run 5 watts or less RF output power. Without his
leadership, the QRP ARCI would not be the guiding light of low power
communications to amateurs all over the world."

     Wes Hayward, W7ZOI

     This was probably one of the easiest votes this time around!
Few have done more for QRP than he has, having co-authored the "QRP
bible", Solid State Design for the Radio Amateur, co-authored by 1992
QRP Hall of Famer Doug DeMaw, W1FB. One of the best known QRP
technical gurus, Wes also has a long string of excellent technical
articles in the amateur press which have been of tremendous value to
technically oriented QRPers everywhere.

     When I brought up the subject of nominating him, Wes told me not
to bother. I told him that I'd respect his wishes since I knew
others would jump at the chance. Sure enough, the first one received
was from his friend Roy Lewallen, W7EL. Says Roy,

     "A great deal of the work I've done, and much of the work being
done by others in the technical arena of QRP, has its roots in Wes'
many unique insights and accomplishments. He pioneered the modern
use of direct conversion as a low cost but high performance
technique. Most modern QRP superheterodyne receivers use crystal
filters designed using methods he developed. Hundreds, if not
thousands, have duplicated his "mountaineer" rigs and his
"universal" QRP transmitter.

     "Many of the circuits and techniques we use today were
popularized, if not originated, by Wes; his TR switching, oscillator,
transmatch, amplifier, RIT, and other designs can be seen scattered
throughout modern QRP rigs. Wes has left a rich heritage of
circuits, techniques, and ideas which are still being built upon. The
book "Solid State Design for the Radio Amateur" remains a classic
after nearly 20 years of publication, as do many of the myriad
articles he has published over the years.

     "I personally have used many of Wes' ideas and circuits as the
basis for the rigs I've developed. This is true of nearly all of the
people currently doing QRP design. To my mind, among the entire QRP
community, none is more deserving of this honor than Wes."

     Wes is also the author of Introduction to Radio Frequency
Design, recently reprinted by the ARRL. Originally published in
1982, this is a more technical, in depth treatment of a wide variety
of topics and is prized by many QRPers.

     Wes was inducted unanimously into the QRP Hall of Fame.

     Rick Littlefield, K1BQT

    From the nomination by Ken Roberts, VE3BGW: "Rick was
instrumental in popularizing the NE602 superhet design for homebrew
QRP rigs. Until his initial article in Ham Radio in January 1989,
typical small QRP rigs had direct conversion receivers. A lot of new
designs have evolved from work first done by Rick. Designers such as
Dave Benson, NN1G, and Wayne Burdick, N6KR, as well as many from
Europe give credit to the originator of this QRP application. Ricks
design was well done, his articles well written, his workmanship
excellent and his advice and help freely given.

     "But that wasn't the end of it. Rick worked long and hard with
MFJ to bring their popular 90XX series to market, proving the quality
of his design in the commercial marketplace. The popularity of the
MFJ products is a tribute to the initial design done by Rick Over 8
years have gone by since his first work, and the basic design is
still being emulated. It is rare when one individual can force a
hobby to take a quantum leap forward. Rick has done this by
recognizing the value of new devices, applying them in a robust
design, fabricating the design with professional excellence and
writing of his work in a down to earth style. In doing so he has
moved our hobby forward to a new plateau."

     And from Bob Gobrick, VO1DRB/WA6ERB "I, and I suspect many
others, consider him to be the "father" of the NE602-based QRP
transceiver. The design and construction work that Rick did has
inspired many modern day NE602 superhet designers. The number of
hams drawn into QRP as a result of Ricks simple yet high performing
NE602 transceiver designs is immeasurable."

     Rick is also the author of a number of other homebrewing
articles over the years which are of interest to QRPers.

     C. F. Rockey, W9SCH
 
     Another long time QRPer, "The Rock" is well known by many and
considered by some to be a "QRP national treasure". Said Hans
Schroeder, AE9G, "Hardly an issue of any of the QRP publications goes
by that he does not have some sort of an article in it--GQRP,
Michigan QRP, QRP Quarterly. Rock is a philosopher (you should read
some of his letters), somewhat eccentric, but a joy to read. And in
particular he is a QRP-philosopher. By that I mean that his whole
approach to the ham business is to do the most with the least,
whether that be building equipment or antennas."

     And from Lowell Corbin, KD8FR, "Rock has been a long-time
supporter of QRP and has produced a wealth of information through the
many articles he has written for the various QRP clubs' publications.
He has been the mainstay in supplying articles for The Five Watter
[Michigan QRP Club journal] through the years, as well as for the
QRP Quarterly and SPRAT."

     "In an era when many old timers reject newer hams because they
did not come up 'the hard way', or else shrug their shoulders at
their lack of technical expertise, Rock welcomes them to the world of
what he calls 'real ham radio' by patiently teaching them
fundamentals and encouraging them to believe that they, too, can
build and experiment with the best of them."

     From Rich Arland, K7YHA, "I have read Rock's stuff for many
years and he is an absolute QRP National Resource... lucky we have
him in The Five Watter." Brice Anderson, W9PNE, writes, "Many
antenna topics have been covered by my friend C.F. Rockey. If you
don't know how to build a simple but effective antenna, you haven't
read his articles in The Five Watter."

     Adrian Weiss, W0RSP

     Finally, at the end of the list only by accident of having a
last name starting with "W", one of several people without whom the
QRP Hall of Fame would not be complete. Ade was co-founder of The
Milliwatt: National Journal of QRPp, which ran from 1970 through
1975; writer of a QRP column for CQ magazine from the mid 70's to mid
80's, and several technical articles in various magazines. Although
I had a hand in the founding of the Milliwatt--I was already
publishing the precursor to it when he came on board--it was the
vision and drive of W0RSP that made it what it was.

     I left to join the military after 4 issues, but he kept at it
through the next 5 years, with six issues per year of QRP operating
news and techniques, construction articles, tutorials, etc. The
Milliwatt was the pioneering QRP journal in this country, probably in
the world, and I am one of the lucky few to have a complete, original
set of them, courtesy of K7YHA. (In the last few years I reprinted
the entire set in three separate runs, the last in conjunction with
Bill Kelsey, N8ET, and there are now well over a hundred more people
with copies of this excellent QRP journal.)

     From the nominating letter of Donald Younger, W2JEK--"Through
his efforts as a writer, QRP has become a well recognized facet of
amateur radio. His accomplishments include The Milliwatt magazine
and later his QRP column in CQ magazine, in addition to numerous
articles in CQ and elsewhere. He also was instrumental in the
creation of a QRP category in the CQ Worldwide DX contest, the first
of many contests that now have a QRP section. His books, "The Joy of
QRP" and "The History of QRP in the US" are still sought by QRPers
today."

     From Rich Arland, K7YHA: "Adrian Weiss has been a major
influence in QRP for over 25 years. The Milliwatt served to
enlighten thousands of low power communicators around the globe. In
1975 Adrian became the QRP editor of CQ magazine, a position he held
for almost 10 years. His monthly articles on QRP operating and
construction provided a guiding light to low power enthusiasts
everywhere. Finally, a mainstream ham radio magazine had seen fit to
recognize QRP as a major facet of the ham radio hobby by publishing
Adrians articles about it on a regular basis. This served to confirm
that the status of the low power operator had risen from obscurity to
mainstream ham radio.

     "Although both of his QRP books were printed in limited
quantities, they quickly became historical landmarks in the evolution
of low power communications. Both are "must" reading for the serious
QRPer.

     "In order to stimulate competition and promote excellence in low
power communications, Adrian sponsored the DXCC-QRPp Trophy (for
working 100 countries using less than 5 watts output), the
DXCC-200-QRPp and DXCC-200-Milliwatt Trophies (for working 200
countries with 5 watts and under 1 watt respectively) and the
Milliwatt Field Day Trophy for operators using less than one watt
during the annual ARRL Field Day exercise.

     "Adrian was responsible for the early emergence of the
"Milliwatters", a group of hard core QRPers who amazed many of us by
performing seemingly impossible feats of long-haul communications
using milliwatt power levels. His dedication to this facet of the
low power hobby served to stimulate many of us to try milliwatting
and push our operating skills and station efficiency to the maximum.

     "Adrian Weiss is the epitome of a True QRPer. His dedication to
the hobby and his outstanding efforts to promote low power
communications on a global scale set him apart from his peers."

AND FOR NEXT YEAR...

     Later in this year, we'll announce the opening of nominations
for the QRP Hall of Fame for 1997. That will be your chance to throw
out the name of your favorite QRP hero(s) for consideration. If you
know of someone deserving of the honor, sit down and write up a
nominating letter with plenty of facts and justification, and their
name will be on the ballot.

--qrp--


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