Adventures in Amateur Radio

Scappoose, Oregon, USA    -     Columbia County

ITU Zone 6         CQ Zone 3         Grid  CN85nt



.: History



The callsign of W7VO is held in honor of those that have held it before me

Charles Newcombe, 6OU, (later W7VO, third from right in back row) at the AARS Hamfest at Yosemite in 1934. His son is 6GYX, 7th from the left.
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Mike is most likely the fifth "caretaker" of the W7VO callsign (Seventh if you include the very early 7VO callsign used before the W prefix was mandated in 1928). I really want to thank Steve, W3HF, Ron, W7VU (now a SK), and Charles Newcombe III for providing some of this early history..

History of Callsign W7VO:

1922 (7VO)
M K Baughman (1904-1995*), Medford, OR
This is a guess as to the dates. The only M K Baughman found listed in the SSI Death records died in Akron, OH. He would have been 18 in 1922.

1929 (7VO)*
August H. Vogeler, (1906-1995), Jerome, ID
As listed in Sept 1929 callbook. He should have been listed as W7VO, as the FCC started using the W prefix in 1928. It is interesting that he was listed as "portable", so he may have moved shortly afterwards. The SSI Death records show him as living in Elko, NV, which would have been in the 6th call district in 1929.

Fred L. Brown, Pasco, WA
* dates are approximate. He was listed in a Fall 1932 callbook and was still active as of Summer 1935There are too many Fred Browns listed to pinpoint the correct one for the dates of birth and death. The only Fred L Brown in WA I could find in the SSI Death Records was born in 1920 and would have only been 12 years old in 1932.

Charles B. Newcombe (1879-1954), Yerington, NV

Was originally 6UO,(issued in 1921), and an early pioneer in Nevada amateur radio. He was assigned W7VO when he renewed his license sometime shortly after Nevada was moved from the 6th into the 7th call district in 1947. His son, also named Charles B. Newcombe (1916-1998), lived in Carson City, NV and was 6GYX,  then W7JOS.
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From W7VO's grandson, Charles Newcombe III; "Granddad began his electrical career as a telegrapher and station agent on the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was working in Carlin, NV when he met and married my grandmother in 1904. He worked for a shortline railroad near Yerington, NV (Nevada Copper Belt RR) from about 1910 till 1916 and then opened a battery shop in Yerington in 1917 that became a combined gasoline service station and radio shop which he operated until his death in 1954. He and my dad were active in the Mars network during WW II.

They were 6UO and 6GYX at the time of an AARS Hamfest in Yosemite Valley in 1934, as you will see in the attached picture. Granddad was 54 at the time, while my dad was 17. I note that all the notation on this picture are absent the W prefix, which, from all I can gather, was added in 1928".


Call was not assigned.

Howard "Andy" Andreasen (1923-2006), of Cave Creek, AZ

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Andy's previous call was W0LRY when he lived in Des Moines, IA prior to "retiring" to AZ in 1971.  Andy had a storied electronics career both professionally and within amateur radio, and was a mentor to many. An avid DXer, (especially on 160M), he had an impressive station in AZ.
He is credited by many as the inventor of the famous transformer-less "5 tube radio", (which revolutionized low cost radio for the masses), when he worked for Motorola in the 1940's. Late in his life he was still inventing, and received  patent number 5990791 for an anti-shoplifting tag device for clothing.  Dave, W0LHA is quoted as saying "Whatever Andy did, he did BIG. During WW II he was in charge of a radar site, and modified the equipment so it put out 4-5 times the power it was rated for". That, it seems, is how Andy lived his life.

From Mike, K7NRA
; "I first met him through powerboat racing. He used in inboard jet boat as a patrol/safety boat for our races at Firebird Lake, and was quick to volunteer his technical expertise to come up with neat electronic goodies.... He created a 'radar' speedometer for boats that was very accurate. His company, Delevan Electronics produced microwave and ultrasonic transducers.

His late wife Marilyn was a SCCA licensed racer, and drove a vintage MG (or Healy, I'm not sure which). Andy was into obscure muscle cars, such as the GM Syclone, a supercharged 4WD pickup truck. His favorite toy was a Toyota Supra Turbo that had automatic ride height adjustment and a wing that set itself for the speed driven (over 170 MPH). He had his favorite test road, an abandoned, but maintained stretch of highway that was cut off by the interstate near the nuclear power plant west of Phoenix. Quite a ride!
You would envy his antenna farm, which consisted to two 120 foot commercial towers on his 5 acre property, one with a 40M beam on top."
Andy himself raced a Jaguar XK-120 with the SCCA while living in Des Moines in the 1950's. (This is somewhat eerie for me, as I also was active with the SCCA for many years racing my Plymouth Barracuda). Click on the program below to see the full size copy of a race entry list

Andy sums it up well in a letter he wrote to Wayne, W0YDI of his retirement life in 1984; "At last I have time for all my hobbies. Boats (19 ft Hallett flatbottom with a 500hp 454 engine, Motorcycles (FJ100 Yamaha -- XS 1100 Yahama -- YZ 490 Yamaha Motocrosser), a PU and three cars. Ham radio (W7VO) with a 2 acre antenna farm. Doesn't that make you ill? What the hell does a 61 year old coot need with these play-toys? Well I'll tell you -- The rest of the world may change -- I'm not going to change until forced to do so!" That was the way Andy lived his life.

More from Terry, W7KW; Andy was my Elmer for many years and we were good friend until his death.  As a matter of fact I helped the family dispose of his radio equipment after he passed away. Andy was a great guy and very sharp.  There are several patents registered in his name.  Andy's favorite band was 160 meters and this is where we met.  His QTH was at the end of road from my current QTH.  He had 2 verticals for 160.  For many years they were phased but near the end of his time on the air I rewired the system to use only 1 of the towers. The system stayed that way until he went SK.  After Andy's death his family gave the 160 Meter towers to me and I currently have them in storage at my QTH.  Someday I would like to put them back in service.

Many thanks to W7VU (SK),  K7NRA, W0YDI, W0LHA, and W7KW for providing history on Andy.

2008-  ??

Michael Ritz

(History still to be made!)   






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