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The Beginnings of NAARA

 Where did it all start?  Even though the early spark plugs lived in the Puget Sound area, the organization seems to have been nurtured by the Walla Walla members during the first few years.  And though the loosely connected hams did get together from 1972 onward, the official start of the Northwest Adventist Radio Association occurred in 1978.  The earliest newsletter I have found is dated March 1979, but it is clearly not the first issue, as it states that it will be the last sent free to non-members and it reports a slate of officers elected on a ballot in the previous newsletter.  Those first officers were: President, Stan Pugh WA7KSC, Vice-president, Carl Jones WA7YBA, and Secretary-Treasurer, Howard Radke N7TI, with Board members Fred Mason K7OVN, Paul Nelson WA7ULC, and George Rhoads W7KZN (later KR7P).

 Also listed in the newsletter were the names and calls of all the charter members.

Carrol

Aimes

W7IBR

Doug

Bixel

WA7WYI

Jim

Blackburn

K7XA

Donald

Bovee

N7AEH (ND7U)

Steve

Brown

WB7BJB

Keith

Carlin

N7ACW

Ted

Chadwick

WB7EPJ

Chuck

Chuljian

W7RPD

Marvin

Clark

WA7GCT

Dave

Corson

WA7JCT

Roy

Dalby

WB7VZR

Ken

Daughters

K7JJO

Bob

Dudley

WA7IYB

Dave

Eilertsen

WB7RXW (KE7UY)

Robert

Ensminger

WB7BKU

Gordon

Feather

W7WR

David

Fisher

WB7WUS

Brian

Gohl

n/a

Bruce

Henderson

K7MHL

Cliff

Holt

W7PPT

Ralph

Jacobus

K7KEG

Bill

Jensen

W7QHR/9Y4HR

Carl

Jones

WA7YBA

Lucile

Jones

WB7ARO

Alvah

Kerr

WA7ZEC

Greg

Large

W7ITE

Medgy

Larson

WB7UPK

Raymond

Lenz

WA7MNG

John

Lewis

W7GTI

Dave

Martin

W7TPF

Fred

Mason

K7OVN

Don

Miller

WA7FIC

Dan

Necker

WA7ZXP

Paul

Nelson

WA7ULC

Brace

North

K7RDO

J.S. “Shell”

Phillips

K7IJF

Stan

Pugh

WA7KSC

Howard

Radke

N7TI

Wilmer

Radke

K7MCL

George

Rhoads

W7KZN (KR7P)

Lester

Ruud

WA7YHU

Vera

Ruud

WB7NRW

John

Schoengart

K7KPB

Bernie

Sperlgy

WA7IXZ

Chuck

Summers

W7FHD

Howard

Sweezey

WA7WEZ

Robert

Sweezey

WA7TBI

Evelyn

Trautwein

W7ISQ

Richard

Trautwein

W7ISN

Kenneth

Trussel

WB6VWV (N7CJG)

Howard

Tucker

KA7AMG (N7CDF)

Kenneth

Watson

KB7AE

 

And the reason for the organization was and is to promote Christian fellowship among our amateur radio operators in the church.

 

With a heritage like this, we can be proud of our organization and what it stands for and accomplishes.

 

73,

Keith Carlin N7ACW

 
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Updated July 5, 2014