Washington Island's Ham Radio Treasure

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  1. AB9WO

    AB9WO Guest

    George is a great guy and I have stayed there several times with my wife and daughter.
    His wife is very gracious as well and we always enjoyed our times there. Washington Island
    itself is a treasure, the Ferry ride sort of isolates it from the rest of Door County and makes
    it a very unique place. Visit if you can! Cheers... Dale AB9WO
     
  2. N1TKO

    N1TKO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've worked George a few times. A real gentleman and his collection of gear is truly mind boggling. Visiting his place for a "Ham Vacation" is definitely on my Bucket List!
     
  3. K9KJM

    K9KJM Ham Member QRZ Page

    George does have a true world class collection of HF gear. AND he is still collecting! George stops by my place every now and then looking for old equipment racks to put some of that old gear in.
    Every ham that gets to this area should make a visit to George's place a must.
     
  4. ZL1FZ

    ZL1FZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    My old timer I supported now silent key 2011 ZL3FK LES HEPBURN LICENCE 1929 AGE 12 quite a record,active to the end. CLIVE ZL1FZ.
     
  5. K9TTU

    K9TTU Ham Member QRZ Page

    His station looks like a great location for Ham Nation episode.
     
  6. KD2AKG

    KD2AKG Ham Member QRZ Page

    It would be really difficult to get a set up that extensive collection in a stand-alone museum. WeAr need to start lobbying the ARRL or some other major science/technology museum to consider housing this collection. I agree that putting this equipment in a static display would be an injustice. Perhaps the organization that takes over the collection could keep many of the pieces in operation, and allow visitors to use it (for a small donation).
     
  7. N9HF

    N9HF Ham Member QRZ Page

    CHEEZE AND CRACKERS!!! What a place! I need to get back home to the land of brats and Blatz and have a look at Georges set up.

    Dave N9HF
    Ormond Beach, Floriduh
     
  8. W2RS

    W2RS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't do much SSB operating, but I had the pleasure of working George on 50 MHz SSB in 2008. A real gentleman. Long may he continue.

    73, Ray W2RS
     
  9. W4VFZ

    W4VFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Ultimate Amateur Radio "Ham"

    I just viewed this post (forwarded by a fellow ham), and was BLOWN AWAY! As a ham (W4VFZ) myself for over half a century, (and former engineer at HeathKit and later at Rockwell/Collins), I could identify much of the equipment in George's Collection. It is without a doubt the most "historically valuable" collection of ham radio equipment anywhere!

    Ham radio has changed so much during our lifetimes, from the warm glow of an 811A warming up and the sound of -.-. --.- Morse Code in the background, to today's digital modes and satellite communications. Hams like George have contributed so much to ham radio, not only in technological advancements, but in developing better ways of providing emergency communications during some of the disasters in recent years.

    But most of all, he has preserved a beautiful history of all the equipment used, almost for "before dirt" to today. I truly hope that resources become available to preserve his invaluable work.

    73
    Alton W4VFZ
     
  10. W8WTS

    W8WTS Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    W9EVT is on my vacation schedule!
     
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