I first came into contact with Lance (then
WA1JXN) back in the early 80s whilst I was in the Solomon Islands as
H44PT. Lance provided a
great deal of encouragement (and some pre-amp components) to get me on 144MHz
EME. Unfortunately I was far to active on 50MHz to find the time to get onto
2mEME before leaving H44 - sorry Lance.
Fast forward 20 years or so to 2005 when, faced with a dead band, I
decided to take a listen for Lance W7GJ on 50MHz JT65A EME. I was
surprised to find that he was good copy on my single 7ele with masthead
preamp. I was even more surprised to find that I could work him with my
"No 2" pa - just 250w (about 150w at the antenna). That got me interested!
Before long Lance had convinced me that I should
go on an EME DXpedition to GJ - details here
And then... EA8/G8BCG our holiday home on
Lanzarote gets initial #1 with 100w to a 6M7JHV - full
Over the decades, Lance has done way more than
anyone else to promote 50MHz EME and WSJT. He is the font of all knowledge on
the subject and is always ready and willing to assist anyone with an interest.
He is also uniquely skilled at generating enthusiasm in those who did not
previously know that they were interested in EME:-)
Then there are the 6m EME DXpeditions: 3D2LR
5W0GJ E51SIX E6M TX5K KH8/W7GJ.
Lance is not a rich man, able to travel the world
at will. Neither is he fanatical at ham radio to the exclusion of all else. He
just seems to be able to put 110% into everything that he does and to have a way
that encourages others to do the same.
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