W1HQ Notes ICOM Donations
Earlier this month, ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, presented ICOM's Amateur and Receiver Products Division Manager Ray Novak, N9JA, and ICOM Sales Representative Pat Marcy, W7PZ, with a plaque, thanking ICOM for its support of ARRL stations W1AW and W1HQ throughout the years. ICOM recently donated an IC-756PROIII and an IC-746PRO to W1HQ, the ARRL's Laird Campbell Memorial HQ Operators Club station.
Kutzko, who serves as President of W1HQ, said it was "a real treat to get W1HQ operational again as a thriving club station. ICOM has been an enormous help in getting the W1HQ back on the air. With the addition of the 756ProIII, we are able to take our DXing and contesting pursuits to the next level at the club. The 746Pro has also been a valuable addition; we are now on-the-air on 6 and 2 meter SSB and CW."
Kutzko said he is proud that several newly licensed employees at ARRL HQ have also had the opportunity to operate VHF+: "This has allowed some of our Technician licensees to go from working amateurs on the local repeater system to working stations in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands on 6 meters. I am grateful to ICOM for opening those doors for us and continuing the education -- and recreation -- of our employee amateurs."