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articles, Bob Naumann, N5NJ
Bob is an active contester and mostly operates from large multi-op stations. Bob also can be heard occasionally from Antigua with his callsign, V26O. He also enjoys VHF contests as well as HF DXing.
Founder, Bill Fisher, W4AN
Bill Fisher (SK) was a very active contester and CW rag chewer. A member of the FOC, South East Contest Club, and Southeast DX Club, he achieved many contesting achievements including the silver medal at the World Radio Team Championship in San Francisco in 1996 with partner John Laney (K4BAI).
He built a contest super station in the mountains of north Georgia that included 6 towers plus a 4-square array for 80 meters. When not contesting, he enjoyed operating his station remotely through a telephone link to his TS-870, Alpha 87A, and remote controlled antenna switching. At home, antenna restrictions prevented Bill from putting up outdoor antennas. But he operated vintage radio gear with attic antennas.
Bill was founder and Vice President of Concentric Systems, Inc. (CSI) of Alpharetta, Georgia, formerly a custom built PC supplier to computer resellers. The company was founded in 1992 and in 1999 the company employed over 100 people and achieved ISO-9002 certification. Bill was also founder and President of Akorn Access, Inc. Akorn was an Internet service provider and internet consulting company.
Bill was married for more than 12 years and had two children. When not doing radio, he normally spent time on the seat of his bicycle training for races.
Bill is sorely missed around contesting.com.
Links, Lisa Zeug, K7UQT
My first exposure to amateur radio
occurred in 1984 during a contest
at W0AIH's antenna farm. Shortly
after we met, my OM took me to "The
Hill"--he says now that his
intention was to make any tower he
put up seem small by comparison.
At the time, I was fascinated that
he was talking to people from all
over the world though I would have
liked to hear more than "You're 59,
Wisconsin ..." So, I studied,
learned the Code and got my license
to surprise him.
We even had a ham radio wedding.
Pastor Paul, W0AIH, gave the
homily. It was on RST.
Time has passed, and we've moved
from Wisconsin to Illinois to
Georgia to Oregon to Massachusetts.
At each QTH, the property gets
bigger as do the plans for towers
and antennas. But we're jinxed--
each time we think we're finally
settling down, the curse hits, and
we have to move on. But our dreams
of the perfect station go with us.
As for what part of ham radio holds
my interest, I love a good contest.
My preferred band is 10 meters.
That way, Mike (currently W7OT) can
have 40 or 80 at night, and we both
enjoy ourselves. In 1999, we both
won Georgia in the ARRL DX Contest
on different bands. I also took
2nd place in the U.S., 4th in the
world for band restricted operation
in the WPX SSB Contest.
News, Randy Thompson, K5ZD
Randy is a member of the CQ Magazine Contest Hall of Fame and is currently the Director of the CQ WW DX Contest.
Surveys, Sylvan Katz, VE5ZX
Sylvan brings many years of contesting and professional experience to contesting.com in his role as Surveys Manager.
Sylvan invites you to propose questions that probe the foundation of amateur radio contesting and the rapid evolution of contesting technology so that we can help ourselves understand the unique opportunities before us.