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Carl "Andy" Andersen (W3XE)
18 Jan 2001
Write up by W3GN:
Carl Elwin Andersen Sr, W3XE, better known as "Andy", Silver Spring,
MD, became a Silent Key on 18 January 2001 at the Montgomery County
General Hospital, Olney, MD where he was a patient for a broken left
leg sustained in a fall on 3 January. Andy was first licensed as
KN6BCG in 1953. Subsequently, he held the calls K6BCG, K3JYZ, briefly
as W5TWT, and finally as W3XE. He had held several ARRL appointments,
among them being SEC and RM. He had retired from the Dept of the Navy
Andy had been active initially with traffic handling and then
contesting. With the call K3JYZ he had organized a multi-multi
contest station that was active for several years. In 1960 he joined
the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). During the mid 1960s he served
as its President. For a time he served as a Trustee in the Foundation
for Amateur Radio (FAR), Wash, DC area representing the PVRC. In
later years, and until the time of his death, he was very actively
involved with county hunting on CW, both mobile and from his home
station. He had worked all counties by 28 September 1984, his last
county to qualify for the award being Scioto co, OH, was,
coincidentally, with another PVRC member, W3GN/M. He received USA-CA
award #507 on 03/20/86. Andy appeared regularly for years at the
Dayton Hamvention flea market along with W3NRS, and was often a
speaker at the County Hunter sessions.
Andy enjoyed his many trips from MD to LA, TX, and CA, always
operating CW on the County Hunter Net frequencies, handing out new
counties to many while traveling on either Interstate Highways or back
country roads, casually driving along at posted speed limits while
operating. Those who were lucky enough may have worked him when he
was operating mobile on a trip to Alaska. He frequently attended
County Hunter Conventions that were held at various locations. W3XE
served at president of the Ashton Radio Communications Society
repeater, K3WX, and also served as one of three hosts for monthly
luncheons of the Over-The-Hill division of the PVRC.
Funeral services were held on 25 January 2001 at the Episcopal Church
of the Transfiguration, Silver Spring, MD. Prior to the services a
luncheon in his memory was held at a local restaurant. Among the ham
operators attending one or both of these events were the following:
K1DQV, K3UT, K3WX, K3ZO, K6IR, KE3Q, N3AA, N3RR, N3YDT, ND3F, W2BZR,
W3AZ, W3BFE, W3GN, W3LPL, W3NRS, W3RFR, W3UJ, W3ZZ.
Contributed by: Bryan W3CP (W3CP)
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