Allan McGuire – KB0DMB
My wife and I have been married for 20 years. I am blessed to be daddy to five children, ages 4-16. My family is very important to me and I enjoy playing games, reading and doing activities with them. I love being able to teach them to canoe and back country backpacking, while watching them enjoy it
I enjoy traveling and meeting new people. I have been able to travel to China, Slovak Republic and different places in Southern Africa and South Asia. I would love to be able to travel more and take my family with me.
I received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Cedarville University and have worked in a variety of disciplines including RF, combustion, and mechanical engineering. Currently I am working as a senior product engineer at Dometic Group.
Brian Woolley – KA1PGI
Brian lives in Boston, MA. He took part in a service trip to Quito, Ecuador in 1990 where he provided assistance at the high-power shortwave broadcast site of Radio HCJB, the Voice of the Andes. Brian translated information about the transmitter controls on the German-built 10KW Siemens SSB transmitter that HCJB operated at 21.455 MHz. He was first licensed in December 1986 and currently holds an Advanced Class license. Brian’s first rig was a Johnson CB radio converted for operation on 10m. Today he is active on 6m – 80m. Besides contesting, Brian also enjoys fly fishing and spin fishing. He says, “If it bites the lure, I’ll fish for it!!” In December 1980 Brian became a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He learned about HCJB shortwave broadcasts through Harry, WA1VVH.
Cole Grace – KA0MVY
One of the most amazing things Cole Grace remembers as a boy was hearing an AM radio signal from Chicago while living in Kansas City. The seven-transistor Montgomery Ward radio brought the world into the top bunk bed at night and opened up the world of different music and languages.
Radio became an instant hobby then vocation via a degree in Radio and Television from Brown College in Minneapolis and electronics schooling. This lead to studio and transmitter engineering for a clear channel AM station, membership in the Society of Broadcast Engineers, radio-related software development in the U.S., missionary service with an international missionary organization in India and current acceptance in a Partnership Development role with SonSet Solutions.
Cole also obtained an advanced amateur radio license (KA0MVY) and a Liberian amateur radio license (EL2EW) while serving with Radio ELWA in Monrovia. The ‘wonder’ of radio is still strong as Cole listens to AM radio at night from Duluth, Minnesota or wherever he may be traveling for SonSet Solutions.
Dan Caesar – 1955 KN9EUV, 1956 K9EUV, 1986 Ni9Y
I enlisted in the Navy in 1958 at age 17. After eight weeks of boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, my orders were to report to the radio shack aboard the USS Shenandoah AD-26 in Norfolk, Virginia. The radio shack had World War II receivers like the RBO, RBC, and TBL and TCK transmitters using motor
generators for the B+, and a TCS 12 for short-range communications. The shack was noisy with a model 19, two 28s and a model 15 running 24/7.
My shack during the 1970s had RTTY models 12, 14 and 15 with a BC-610 model C and E transmitter with 500 watts output on RTTY on 20 meters.
At age 40 I became CBS TV news editor/anchor on WSBT TV in South Bend, Indiana. After 18 years in the broadcasting business, I entered the electronic research and development business. Then in 1980, I became an insurance agent, and after 35 years I retired on April 30, 2014. I monitor 3.530 or 3.552 MHz before sunrise and 7.110 MHz after sunrise. I have also been an ARRL Technical Specialist since 2009.
David Russell – WV6D
Amateur radio has been a great hobby for me. At the age of 8 my fascination with electronics and communications was ignited through a ham radio connection that enabled me to speak with my grandparents who were over a thousand miles away. By age 16 I was licensed as OA4ARF. When I headed off to university to study electrical engineering, I already had a solid grasp of many of the fundamentals, thanks to Ham radio. I continued to enjoy the hobby and operated as N9BAH as well as N9BAH/4X. Our school club call was K5JEF at LeTourneau University. Amateur radio landed me my first two jobs after school. I worked as a telecommunications engineer and satellite communications specialist. The hobby helped prepare me for my role as a broadcast engineer at Radio HCJB, the Voice of the Andes in Ecuador. There I was licensed as HC1DVE in 1991 and used a cubical quad antenna with my ICOM 735. Today I serve as president of SonSet Solutions. I enjoy the great fraternity of Ham operators at the office and look forward to renewing many contacts in the coming days as I operate our special event station, N9Q.
Doug Weber – HC7AW
My interest in radio started at about the age of 15 when I acquired an old AM tube radio and connected a long wire antenna to it that I stretched out across the back yard from my bedroom window to a tree. I was studying French in school at the time and I was able to listen to a French language radio station from Quebec on that radio while living in northern Indiana.
After studying electrical engineering, my wife and I felt called to join HCJB in their quest to tell the nations about Jesus through radio. I joined the engineering team in Quito, redesigning several of their radio studios. I also spent two years at their shortwave transmitter site and was Frequency Manager for the station. I eventually became the Media Director for Latin America.
During our time in Ecuador, I received amateur radio call sign, KD6TKQ. I then applied for a reciprocal license in Ecuador and operated as HC7AW. My family and I relocated to the US about three years ago and I am currently on loan to SonSet Solutions, working as the Creative Director for their Nikkel Media Works ministry, and their social media and web page content.
Harry Chase – WA1VVH
I was one of probably many who heard HCJB a few times as a kid while playing with a SW radio. We had an old 1960 console stereo set collecting dust in the cellar that had an AM + SW radio in it (not commonly found much later on than that!) which I began listening to around the age of 12. Several years later, I got interested in ham radio and got mostly involved in VHF and microwave when I got hold of a pair of “Gunnplexers” for 10GHz. I got into hiking. Worked a lot of VHF contests with portable gear from mountaintops, stayed skinny, but never did contesting on the low bands! I presently own and run two VHF and UHF repeaters here at my hilltop location in Massachusetts.
In 1987, my church was offering summer mission trips, and one of them was to Ecuador. The church was supporting Bruce Rydbeck who was doing civil engineering on potable water projects with HCJB. I was sponsoring a child there through World Vision at the time, so I signed up for that trip. Three great things happened: I found I actually enjoyed doing volunteer work, I managed to visit my sponsored child (a GLORIOUS experience!), and I got to visit HCJB!
The HCJB visit was, of course, way too short–but while there I found out about their “working visitor” opportunities for those interested in helping out for a short time. Not too long after, I was able to return for a month to help Jim Childs out with a project to swap out the old klystron tube transmitters in the 6GHz STL system with a solid state (and cheaper!!) replacement. I remember him telling me that those tubes didn’t last long, and were costing over $1,000 “a pop” to replace! A great experience, great people, and I met a bunch of hams there too.
Harold Shira – W3DZN
My ham radio experience dates back to my teenage years beginning in 1956. I was first licensed as a novice (KN0HCQ) in 1957, upgraded to general in 1958, and then to extra class in 1961 as K0HCQ. After a few years of moving from the Midwest to the West, the South, and finally the East coast, my call sign changed to W3DZN. Before the days of the Internet, I was in regular ham radio contact with missionary friends in Central and South America regularly running phone patches for them.
As a teenager, I became interested in electronics and in 1957 obtained my first ham ticket KN0HCQ. My first station consisted of a homebrew 6L6 transmitter running about 10 watts and a Knight-Kit super-regenerative receiver built from a kit. In 1957, I upgraded to general class and became K0HCQ. The station grew with the addition of a 100-watt Globe Chief transmitter built from a kit. I spent the summer of 1957 building a 14-tube multi-band superhet receiver from plans found in QST. The fall was spent tracking down and solving bad audio feedback problems in the unit. Once tamed, I then had a decent quality, near state-of-the-art ham receiver.
With the advent of my college career in 1958, my ham activities were very limited although I did manage to upgrade the license to extra class in January 1961. Marriage, career, and moves around the country over the next several years limited my ham activities severely. After moving to Delaware my call sign changed to W3DZN, which is what it still is.
In the early 1970s, I acquired a 100-watt SB101 Heathkit transceiver, a Moseley TA33 tri-band beam and a 50 ft. crank-up tower. For the next several years, I kept in regular ham radio contact with missionary friends in Puerto Rico, Central America and South America running many phone patches for them. I was also able to secure and ship several pieces of used ham equipment to them.
With the advent of the Internet, the need for ham radio and phone patches to communicate with missionary friends greatly diminished and so did my ham activities. I still have the old SB101, but seldom use it.
Jack Kinney – KB8LHR
Jack Kinney’s interest in radio started from listening to his older brother’s ham radio exploits in the early ‘70s. Later, his studies in music took him to Cincinnati and then employment with the State of Ohio where he worked with radio amateurs who mentored him. After working for a Motorola dealer then an aerospace manufacturer, Kinney moved to Elkhart, Indiana, to serve with the ministry of SonSet Solutions. Today he assists those overseas who want to reach their own people with the gospel of Christ using radio.
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Jim Walter – WT9U
As a kid my family will tell you that there were only two things I was interested in: airplanes and radio.
I was first licensed in 1975 at the age of 15 as WN0OLA. Shortly after that, the FCC did away with Novice calls and the license with call sign WB0OLA arrived. My equipment consisted of a Hallicrafters SX-101 receiver and a Heathkit DX-60 transmitter. I was able to upgrade to Technician and then General Class licenses within two years.
After high school I attended LeTourneau University where I was able to pursue my other passion, aviation. There I obtained my flight ratings and A&P Mechanics license as I had an interest in mission aviation. While there I met my wife of 32 years, Nancy Mihojevich Walter.
Three years after we were married, Nancy and I were off to Maputo, Mozambique– our first posting with Air Serv International. From there we moved to Khartoum, Sudan for three and a half years. We had two short-term assignments in Angola and Namibia to round up the first five years. After a year break in the U.S., we moved to Kenya for a year. During this time my interest was rekindled in Amateur Radio.
After returning from Africa to start a family, I flew for Beck Air in Elkhart, Indiana before being hired by FedEx where I’ve been for the past 17 years. I am currently a captain on the 757.
I have also returned to being radio active. My primary passion in amateur radio is contesting. I prefer CW contests but will operate any mode. Most recently I’m active on RTTY. I upgraded to Advanced class and then Amateur Extra shortly after returning to the U.S., and now hold the call sign WT9U.
John and Ruth Stanley – K4ERO, WB4LUA
After a three-year term of missionary service with the Methodist Church in India, John and Ruth Stanley applied to HCJB and arrived in Ecuador in 1973 where they were assigned to Transmitter Operations in Pifo. They both served in engineering from 1973 to 1985. John served as Head of Transmitter Operations and also later as Engineering Director. He designed transmitters and antennas and briefly supervised the Hydroelectric Operations in Papallacta, Ecuador. Ruth served as Engineering Secretary in Pifo, and also helped with some of the hands-on building and wiring of the radio transmitters for the Quichuas in the late 70s. She produced the ANDEX shortwave listening magazine from 1981-85. She also recorded some in the studio for excerpts on various radio productions.
From 1985 through 2013, they began a round-the-world engineering schedule helping at many HCJB sites and also at many HCJB partner sites, working with FEBC, FEBA, Christian Vision, TWR and many smaller radio organizations. They would investigate potential new sites, install transmitters and antennas at established sites, train personnel, upgrade systems, solve interference problems or hold hands and listen. They are now retired from traveling, but still hold hands and listen, give radio advice from time to time, and live on Lookout Mountain near Rising Fawn, Georgia.
First licensed in 1955 as KN4ERO, John has since operated as K4ERO, VU2IE, TI2ERO, HC1JX, HC1XG/HC8, K4ERO/PJ4, and S79J. Ruth is also a ham, licensed in 1968 as WB4LUA. She was also licensed as VU2IYS and as HC1RN. As a Technical Adviser for ARRL, John has written for QST, QEX, The Handbook, and The Antenna Book.
- Technician July 2008 (age 10)
- General Class July 2010 (age 12)
- Extra Class July 2011 (age 13)
My grandfather knew I was interested in ham radio and took me to my first set of classes. My mom and I went to the General class together but did not tell Grandpa. After passing that test, I decided I wanted to study for the Extra class also. I had to study for that myself because there were no classes for it. I earned my Extra class license when I was 13 years old.
I was born in Swaziland, Africa and was able to go back for my 16th birthday. I love learning at home, and this will be my junior year in high school. I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, and being outdoors. I enjoy traveling and being able to back pack with my family.
I am not exactly sure what I want to pursue when I am out of school, but I am very interested in engineering. Maybe I will return to Africa as an engineer!
Paul Johnston – W9PJ
I was first licensed in 1955 and received the call sign WN9OPD. I later upgraded to General Class and became W9OPD. I served six years in the Air National Guard as a radio operator and instructor. I worked most of my life in sales and management of commercial two-way radio systems. I worked for RCA, Motorola and GE. When I was with Motorola they moved me around quite a bit; I held W0NPD in Iowa, KR9P back in Illinois and was able to obtain W9PJ in 1996. I love to chase DX, and especially like to operate CW. I am on the DXCC #1 HonorRoll and have been interested in six meters the last 10 years. I am interested in the history of amateur radio and looking forward to participating in the N9Q special event operation.
Roger Stubbe – W0ZMU
He was licensed as WØZMU in 1955 at the age of 16. He has also had the calls of TI2RGS, HC1RT, HC7RT, HC1B and ZL1BUP over the years. Roger has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and worked in industry (Collins Radio and E. F. Johnson) for about four-and-a-half years. He was married to Joyce in 1959. They have two children and three grandchildren. The oldest daughter, her husband, and family are serving as missionaries in the Philippines.
Roger was called to missionary service in 1964, and left for service with HCJB World Radio in early 1965 to serve in Ecuador. While in Ecuador, he worked at the transmitter site raising towers, constructing antennas and maintaining transmitters. He installed the first 100-kW transmitter for HCJB, managed the hydro-electric plant in Ecuador, and served as Head of Engineering for HCJB
Roger worked in various capacities in engineering, programming, and administrative ministries in Ecuador for 30 years. This included Frequency Management, Director for HCJB-FM, Director of the Spanish Service and Coordinator of the Portuguese Service. He even spent a year working in the mission’s Ecuador accounting office, and served as an elder and pastor in a local Ecuadorian church for about 20 years.
Roger was assigned to HCJB World Radio home office in Colorado Springs in 1995 and worked in International Radio Development and audience research which included
- Arranging for radio program production and airing in various languages.
- Working with governments in attempts to license further international transmission sites in Africa.
- Heading audience research to better understand people to whom we minister.
- Consultant for our Regional Directors to help them in their media ministries.
Roger is now retired and living in Pella, Iowa near his wife’s elderly mother and youngest daughter.
Tim Zook – AC9GP
I was licensed at age 14 in 1974 for two years as a Novice with call sign WN0QPN. I settled on a Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver with a Heathkit DX-60B for a transmitter. I worked 40 and 15 meters on a 40-meter dipole. I never knew what SWR was. Near the end of the license term, I acquired a Heathkit HG-10 VFO.
My first radio job was the Chief Engineer for a five radio station Christian group in 1980. During this time, I offered to go for three weeks to Nenana, Alaska to install all the equipment for a new missionary radio station. Soon after this, I arranged for missionary support to go there full time in 1986. I spent 10 years there and met Renee, who was also a missionary working in the studio. We have been married for 26 years. During this time, I gained more interest in ham radio due to its routine use to shrink the size of the last frontier. I was NL7PL Advanced Class.
In 1997 we began 10 years in Pifo, Ecuador where I was an Operations Engineer for HCJB at their shortwave transmitter site. I was HC1HLO during this time. We spent another five years at the studios in Quito. In 2012 we went on loan to SonSet Solutions. In 2013 I became AC9GP Extra Class.
Wayne Huhta – W8GXB
Wayne began his radio career in his native home town of Detroit, Michigan. While in high school he obtained his Amateur Radio License, W8GXB.
After high school graduation, he enrolled in the Missionary Technical Course at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a major of Missionary Radio and Communications. At Moody he met his wife-to-be, Esther. Later on in their marriage, Esther obtained her Advanced Class License with the call of W6MQE. Esther passed away in May 2014 and the call, W6MQE, is now held by our daughter Ruth.
Wayne has been associated with HCJB Global (now Reach Beyond) for 40 years. He is currently on loan to SonSet Solutions, in Elkhart, Indiana as a staff engineer. During his 64-year Amateur Radio career he has been involved in phone patching for foreign missionaries, RTTY, DX contacts, mobile operation, the Quarter Century Wireless Association and Special Event Stations. Organizing Special Event Station N9Q has been Wayne’s responsibility.