Pacific Northwest DX Convention

Speaker Biographies

The speakers and schedule below are subject to change

Rick Roderick, K5UR

"The DXCC Program"

Rick lives north of Little Rock, AR on a 50 acre hilltop QTH. He has been a ham for 49 years and is a Life Member of ARRL. He has been on the ARRL Board of Directors for 26 years and currently serves as President. He has served on numerous other committees and task forces of the Board including DXAC and was chairman for many years. He was instrumental in the creation and implementation of Logbook of the World and the DXCC Challenge Award.

Rick is an avid DX-er with 370 countries worked including 322 on 160 m, 352 on 80 m and 353 on 40 m. He holds DXCC on 10 bands and is ranked 7th in the world on the DXCC Challenge Award. He holds over 20 different Worked All Zone Awards and was one of the first to achieve WAZ on 160 m.

Rick graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. degree in Mathematics, and M.S. degree in Operations Management, and a Juris Doctor degree. After working 20 years in business, he entered private practice with an emphasis in labor and employment law, and is Managing Partner of a law firm with three locations in AR. He and his wife, Holly, have two grown children. Holly is well-known for her active part in representing Amateur Radio and the ARRL wherever they go.

Jay Townsend, WS7I

"Remote RTTY Contesting from W4AAW"

DDXCC #1 Honor Roll, DXCC RTTY Honor Roll, Worked All Zones (WAZ) are awards that WS7I has completed. Author and columnist for CQ, QST, National Contest Journal, and RTTY Journal.

Co-creator of two popular RTTY contests, the RTTY Roundup and the WPX World-wide RTTY contest. RTTY contester and winner of many RTTY contests since 1985. HD8CQ, HD8EX, HC5J, P40JT are calls that I have held and contested using.

Guest operator of W5KFT, W5WMU, WA7EGA station’s. Currently an operator of the W4AWW remote contest station.

Dick Frey, N7XU

"Why the 7QP Works"

Contester, #1 DXCC Honor Roll, and builder. President of Central Oregon DX Club, and manager of the 7th Area QSO Party.

Started as KN1QBT in October 1960. After college I went into the Air Force and moved back to MA, passed the Extra in 1968, and became W1FCC. I was working for Ten-Tec when I received K4XU as a vanity call in 1976. I have decided to stick with this, regardless of the location. It makes for an interesting license plate collection after 57 years. When contesting, I sometimes us N7XU.

A PE, I retired in 2015 from Microsemi RF power MOSFET development and applications as engineering VP. Previous RF hardware design experience at Ten-Tec, ETO, and Harris Broadcast.

Geoff Howard, W0CG/PJ2DX

"Postcards from PJ2T"

Geoff founded the Caribbean Contesting Consortium in the mid-1990s and is the owner of the QTH from which PJ2T has operated since November of 2000. Since getting the place in Curacao he has led the construction and evolution of the PJ2T station, and has served a organizer for most of the contest operations from that location. PJ2T is on for nearly every major contest, has won many world championships, and is nearing a million contest contacts using that callsing. The callsing commemorates John Thompson, W1BIH, the original owner of the Curacao home.

Geoff is Professor Emeritus (Systems Analysis) at Kent State University (Ohio, a retired Colonel in the U. S. AirForce, holds a P.E. license (Ohio), and is a flight instructor an SCUBA diver in his non-existent spare time. His hometown is Wheeling, West Virginia but he has been in Idaho for nearly 10 years. Geoff spends several months of each year in Curacao and at his W0CG QTH in Oho, and is ever-hoping that Dorothy will some day be able to retire.

Dan Ransom, K7MM

"QRP DXing and Contesting"

Dan, PE of K7MM, began his amateur-radio adventure as a pre-teen, studying his grandfather’s National Radio Institute binders at age 10. He learned the Morse code from a 33-rpm vinyl record, and passed his Novice test at age 14 in 1968. At station WN7KWY he spent his first two weeks on QRP transmitting into a shorted PL-259 connector. Even then, he worked many Novice stations in North Seattle. Dan received his Amateur Extra license in 1971, and station license K7MM in 1976 (his is the first and only holder of this callsign). Dan has the Sweepstakes CW QRP records for Wyoming and Quebec. He enjoys the public-service aspect of ham radio, operating voice repeater and digital stations on VHF, UHF, and microwave. Dan has taught amateur radio classes to more than 500 people and he is a Volunteer Examiner. He participates in CW contests regularly at a Kitsap Peninsula, Washington contest station (near Tacoma). Dan is a certified tower climber and he is certified in tower rescue.

Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA

"How to Overcome the Anticipated Low Solar Minimum"

Carl received his Novice license in 1961. He selected K9LA in 1977. Carl enjoys propagation, DX-ing (he’s on the Top of the Honor Roll and needs four zones on 80 m for 5BWAZ), contesting (he was NCJ Editor from 2002-2007), playing with antennas and fixing/using vintage equipment (he’s currently working on an SX-100).

Carl is a graduate of Purdue University (BSEE 1969, MSEE 1972) and worked for Motorola and Magnavox (now Raytheon) as an RD design engineer (designing mostly RF power amplifiers). He and his wife Vicky, AE9YL, reside in Fort Wayne, IN and enjoy traveling, which includes DX-peditions to Syria (YK9A in 2001), to Market Reef in 2002, and many trips to ZF.

Al Rovner, K7AR

"One Man Expedition to the Austral Islands"

Al was first licensed as WA2TMP in 1971 in high school while living in South Jersey. Al received K7AR during the vanity licensing program in 1996. Al is an active DX-er and contester and is on the top of honor roll with 353 countries confirmed.

In addition to working DX from home, Al is a traveling DX-er and has participated in many expeditions. Al has operated from many locations in the Caribbean, Europe, and Central America and South Pacific. One of Al’s more memorable trips was operating from Syria twice, in 1994 as part of the YK0A team, and in 2001 as part of the YK9A team.

Al is a long time member of the Willamette Valley DX Club and is the Z Section sorter for the 7th Area QSL Bureau. Al is also a DXCC Field Checker and Volunteer Examiner.



2017 Featured Speakers

Tom, K5RC

Tom Taormina, K5RC, an ARRL® Life Member, has been involved in HF and VHF contesting for more than 57 years. He is a former NCJ editor, a member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, and is on top of the DXCC Honor Roll with 373 entities confirmed. The Comstock Memorial Station, W7RN, is a not for profit organization chartered to advance the state of the art in radiosport. Since 2007, the station has made more than 250,000 contest QSO’s, and holds a number of records on CW, SSB and RTTY. The Station also made another 30,000 QSO’s as W1AW/7 NV in the ARRL Centennial Celebration. Tom was first licensed as WV2GGB in 1959 and has been an avid contester, DXer and experimenter ever since. He apprenticed at W1BU and was part of the early EME experiments. After moving to Texas in 1964, he and K5LZO teamed-up for many years in multiop SS and DX Contesting. He is past president of The Texas DX Society, co-founder of the Great Armadillo Runs, co-founder of 7QP, Chair of the 1983 ARRL National Convention and co-founder of the North American QSO Parties. He is former editor of the West Gulf DX Bulletin and the National Contest Journal. Tom is currently EC of Storey County (NV) ARES. He and his wife Midge, K7AFO, have lived in Virginia City, NV, for 20 years. Tom is a management consultant and has authored 12 books on business processes, leadership, risk and organizational excellence. His newest book is It WAS Rocket Science and chronicles his 14 years at Mission Control in Houston during Projects Gemini and Apollo.


Ed, W0YK

Ed Muns, W0YK, began DXing when he upgraded from Novice (WN6AYK) to General (WB6AYK) at age 16. His first DX contact was JA1XS, a 22-year old electrical engineer at Sony. Mako immediately sent a direct QSL card, thrilling Ed to no end and cementing a lifelong friendship. This also marked the beginning of a lifelong enthusiasm for DXing. He worked 40m CW into Asiaand Oceania in the early morning before school.After a short hiatus from ham radio while completing college and commencing his early engineering career at Hewlett-Packard Co., Ed’s license had expired. So, in 1976 he setup up the HBR-16 receiver he had constructed as a teenager from the QST receiver article series and listened to W1AW code practice bulletins for a couple weeks. Arriving at the FCC office in Denver, CO at 9am with 30 other applicants, he took the Novice tests, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra all in succession. By 2pm that afternoon he was the only one left in the FCCoffice, but had successfully passed all the license exams and was given WB0WNU as his new Extra Class license. A year later he took advantage of the first incentive licensing call sign selection and received W0YK which he has held ever since.In the mid-70s, Ed discovered that a lot of DX showed up for weekend contests, especially the CQ and ARRL contests. The contest bug bit and he joined the K0RF multi-multi to learn the intricacies of contesting. To this day, DXing and contesting are a key part of Ed’s life. He has operated as YK0A, 6Y4A, HC8N, 7J1ACJ and P49X. The latter call sign is his Permanent Visitor Call Sign in Aruba where he has operated 3-4 major contests annually since 2005.Outside of the weekend contests in Aruba, Ed operates all 10 HF bands on CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65/9 for DX chasers around the world. Over 170,000 QSOs are on Club Log and LotW, generally uploaded several times daily during his operations.In 2004 the ARRL offered a Club Competition gavel for the first time in the ARRL RTTY Round-Up. RTTY enthusiasts rallied other members of Ed’s local club, NCCC (Northern California Contest Club) to win the this first Round-Up club competition. Ed reluctantly learned how to setup RTTY and operated for the benefit of the club. Despite his initial distaste for the idea of RTTY contesting, he actually enjoyed himself and won the SOHP Pacific Division plaque. That experience hooked him on his third mode for DXing and contesting which he continues to enjoy today.With advent of Club Log’s Leaderboard feature, Ed’s contesting instincts often causes him to pursue the “greenies”. In January of this year Ben K7ADD activated E51AMF on Manihiki in the North Cooks. Ed was working his way up the Leaderboard when one day he noted that Ben’s update contained some JT65 band-mode greenies that he wasn’t participating in. That incented him to learn the JT modes and opened yet another dimension to his DXing. (Hint: The “reach” on 160m is greatly extended using the JT65 or JT9 mode!)With his P49X call sign, Ed holds the world SOHP record in ARRL RTTY Round-Up, having broken the record eight times, and the world SOHP record in CQ WPX RTTY, having broken that record seven times and set a world SOHP record in the 2010 CQ WW RTTY. Ed is the contest manager for the NCJ NA RTTY Sprint and the contest director for the two CQ RTTY contests, CQWW RTTY and CQ WPX RTTY. He and Don, AA5AU, sponsor the Ten-Meter RTTY Contest which they initiated in December 2011 with nearly 700 logs submitted. He was inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in May 2014. This is his tenth year at CTU delivering the two RTTY presentations and Q&A.
62nd Annual PNW DX Convention
August 4 - 6, 2017
Spokane, WA