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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX014 (2014)

ARLX014 Past ARRL Connecticut SCM Victor L. Crawford, W1TYQ (SK)

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 14  ARLX014
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 11, 2014
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX014 Past ARRL Connecticut SCM Victor L. Crawford, W1TYQ (SK)

Past ARRL Connecticut Section Communications Manager (SCM) Victor L.
"Vic" Crawford, W1TYQ (ex-W8NUV, HZ3TYQ), of Rapid City, Michigan,
died November 8. He was 94. An ARRL Life Member, Crawford served as
Connecticut's SCM from 1957 until 1960, when he stepped down to work
in the Middle East.

As HZ3TYQ from 1963 until 1976, Crawford made two DXpeditions each
to what were then called the Saudi Arabian/Iraqi and Saudi
Arabian/Kuwaiti Neutral Zones, 8Z4 and 8Z5. In 1961, he led an
operation from the Saudi Arabian/Kuwaiti neutral zone (9K3TL/NZ),
with Jack Laub, HB9TL, Roy Fleming, MP4BBD, and L.M. "Rundy"
Rundlett, W3ZA/K4ZA.

Crawford also operated from HZ1AB, using the phonetics "Hot Ziggety
One American Boy." Don Karvonen, K8MFO, recalled that Crawford was
known worldwide for his impeccable CW and top-notch operating. "I
will always remember June 29, 1962, when, as a 16 year old with a
rag-tag station in Upper Michigan, I worked Vic from HZ1AB,"
Karvonen recounted. "I know I'm not alone in sharing lifelong
respect for Vic, both as a top-notch operator and a world-class guy.
We have lost one more from America's Greatest Generation."

An aircraft pilot Crawford was a key individual in the development
of aviation for the Arabian American Oil Company - Aramco, said Bob
Walsh, WA8MOA. Crawford also worked with the Saudi government to set
up navigation and air-to-ground communication for its new commercial
air fleet.

Crawford retired to Torch Lake, Michigan, and operated as W1TYQ/8
with a particular interest in 80 meters, where he racked up nearly
300 DXCC entities. He was on the DXCC Honor Roll with 378 entities


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