HRN 206: Navassa Fever (1972 DXpedition) from HamRadioNow

Published on Jun 5, 2015

Since the first one in 1954, there have been 16 DXpeditions to Navassa Island that counted for DXCC, and three that didn’t.* Way back in 1928, a ham was stationed there as lighthouse keeper and operated for a time. Operation there was actually fairly routine, every few years, until the last one in 1993 left a 22 year gap before K1N this year.

I know that… now. Nobody’s going to mistake me for a DX historian.

After I uploaded HRN 205, the K1N talk on Navassa from the Hamvention, YouTube prompted me to look at the KC4DX video** (really a Super-8 film, transferred to DVD) from the 1972 DXpedition led by Chaz Cone W4GKF. Chas was in his 30’s then, and he’s in his 70’s now, but still very active (almost! went on the K1N operation… he’s the webmaster for the K1N site). He put the 1972 film on YouTube just last September.

So I dialed him up on Skype and we had this part-nostalgia, part ‘today’ conversation. My Navassa fever may break now that I’ve more fully investigated the history… and I’ve got to launch the TAPR DCC KICKSTARTER….

– Gary KN4AQ

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Crescenta Valley Radio Club is an organization over half a century old. Our members are amateur radio operators who share interests in radio and service to our community. Members help new members starting the hobby as well as helping other members with technical and operational problems of getting on the air. We keep ourselves up to date with the technological changes by inviting expert speakers to our meetings. CVRC closely supports GEARS (Glendale Emergency Auxiliary Radio). Many members are in both organizations and have provided communications for an emergency at Glendale Memorial Hospital, and with Cruise Night, the Montrose Christmas Parade, and various local themed running events. We meet once a month on the second Thursday of the month at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital at 7:00PM. Every Sunday we hold two nets. On our 445.680 repeater, we hold the No Chit Chat net at 7:50PM, and at 8:00PM, we switch to our 146.025 repeater for the Whats Going On Net. Both repeaters are located on top of Mount Thom and share use the city's antenna tower. Their power is backed up by both batteries and an emergency generator. We have several annual events. In June, we participate in the National Field Day by setting up several stations in Verdugo Park and operating completely "off the grid". Every August we have a barbecue in Crescenta Valley Park with a Fox Hunt activity where the members try to locate a hidden transmitter. When December comes around we come together for a traditional holiday dinner.

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