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Noted DXer, Contester Wilse Morgan, WX7P (Ex-KL7CQ), SK:

from The ARRL Letter on June 20, 2013
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Noted DXer, Contester Wilse Morgan, WX7P (Ex-KL7CQ), SK:

ARRL Life Member and CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Famer Wilse G. Morgan, WX7P, of Rice, Washington, died June 13. He was 82 and had been suffering from cancer. "Wilse was an avid contester, DXer, involved with public safety communications, a mentor, Volunteer Examiner, club president, Assistant SM, and much, much more," recalls ARRL Eastern Washington Section Manager Mark Tharp, KB7HDX. In a tribute on the Spokane DX Association website, Steve Sala, K7AWB, said, "Wilse put Rice, Washington, on the map with his multioperator contest station, where it was more important to train new contesters than to win the contests." ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, called Morgan "one of the operating world's fan favorites."

Morgan twice made the cover of CQ, first in September 1980 installing a large beam antenna with a hot air balloon and again in August 1984 doing the same thing using a helicopter. He spent 20 years in Alaska as KL7CQ, was that state's first VE and taught ham radio classes that produced hundreds of new licensees. "Wilse recognized the hobby has a social side, and he was a grand master at that level, and lots of people became hams because of it," said Rich Strand, KL7RA. Morgan's survivors include his wife Gimmie, AL7LB. -- thanks to The Daily DX and SDXA


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